Idaho Pathfinders Finish the Year
The Idaho Conference Pathfinders brought the Pathfinder year to a close at the fair on Sunday, May 6. With eight of the conference's nine clubs in attendance, the Gem State Academy (Caldwell, Idaho) gym was filled with the sounds of laughter, drill commands and clubs being brought to attention for inspection. Wafting through the gym were the smells of shamburgers, french fries, enchiladas, corn dogs, pies, cinnamon rolls and other food, making mouths water.
Every year there is a Simon Says drill down. Even the Adventurers have fun with this. (Some of them last longer than the staff members who participate.) Each club sets up a booth, showcasing what they have accomplished throughout the year. Skills are tested. This year, because of the Summer Olympics, the afternoon activity for the Pathfinders was the Pathfinder heptathlon. Pathfinders had to bandage an arm, build three different fires (just build, not light), recite the Pathfinder Pledge and Law, sing the Pathfinder Song, follow a compass course, tie knots, and set up a tent.
One of the highlights of the fair is the recognition of the Pathfinder Bible Achievement teams. This year, Caldwell, Baker City, Ore., and Eagle, Idaho, fielded teams. The Caldwell Flames team achieved a first place at the conference level and traveled to Gladstone, Ore., for the union-level contest. There they took a third place. Each team member was given a certificate with the team picture, and each club received a framed certificate, indicating their accomplishment at the conference level. John Coneff, Pathfinder Bible Achievement coordinator, says, "It's exciting to see Pathfinders get excited about studying the Bible. That's really the purpose of the program."