Oregon Pathfinders Focus on 'Trusting God'

June 23, 2017 | Randy Hill

A beautiful spring day outside — an exciting fun-filled celebration of Pathfinder ministry inside.

The Oregon Conference Pathfinder Fair was held May 21 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore. Thirty Pathfinder clubs from around the conference arrived in time to set up their booths displaying the “Trusting God” theme and honors they had worked on throughout the Pathfinder year.

Opening ceremonies began with the official Pathfinder parade led by the Pleasant Valley Panthers color guard. Nearly 600 Pathfinders in dress uniform followed the Panthers. Randy Hill, Oregon Pathfinder director, welcomed all the attendees.

After Oregon youth director Les Zollbrecht opened with prayer, the Pathfinders recited Phil. 4:11–13,  the theme text for the year. Pastors from around the conference pinned the Pathfinder baptismal pin on Pathfinders who have been baptized over this past year.

The day continued with march and drill routines, honor activities at club booths and event relays. Big Lake Youth Camp staff brought their climbing wall for the Pathfinders to practice their skills. Seven clubs brought delicious food, and it was willingly consumed throughout the day.

The closing ceremonies wound down the fair as many clubs and individuals received awards. Milo Academy presented Pathfinder scholarships, and Big Lake Youth Camp gave a week of summer camp to one Pathfinder boy and girl. The day closed as the color guard retrieved the colors, and the closing prayer of thanks was offered. It was a Pathfinder-style day of celebrating ministry.