Montana Pathfinders Hold Fair

May 11, 2016 | Phil Hudema

The Montana Conference Pathfinders held their fair this year on the campus of Mountain View Elementary school in Missoula. Six clubs were represented this year as they gathered for a weekend of activities, and even the constant rain could not dampen their experience.

Greg Jones, a pastor from the Great Falls, Mont., area, was the guest speaker. Jones, who has a lifelong involvement in Pathfinder organizations, spoke to the Pathfinders about being “Chosen.” His interactive messages were heartfelt and blessed those who attended. With all the clubs participating in each service, his presentations were both entertaining and spiritual.

Sabbath afternoon was scheduled for community service time, but talk turned to doing something else instead due to the rain. Then the Pathfinders realized this was Montana, and a little weather could not deter them from doing what they knew needed to be done.

The Pathfinders made makeshift ponchos from large trash bags, and everyone hit the streets to collect food for the Missoula Food Bank and to distribute announcements for an upcoming evangelistic series being held in the Missoula Church. The group collected close to 600 pounds of food and handed out hundreds of flyers.

Sunday morning’s weather was still wet, so the scheduled activities were moved indoors. Teamwork was the key as Pathfinders participated in the activities like the Spider Web and the Boardwalk.

The weekend helped create new friendships and rekindle old. The Montana Pathfinders now look forward to joining their peers from the Idaho Conference in August for a joint camporee in Dubois, Idaho.