Outdoor School Partners With Pathfinders and Adventurers

December 05, 2018 | Katie Fellows

What is your favorite thing about outdoor school? If you were to ask a student, many of them would say they loved fishing, the lake, interacting with the horses, or even getting to touch an alligator or snake!

This year, Washington Conference outdoor school had a new component. In partnership with Pathfinders and Adventurers ministries, 190 fifth- and sixth-grade students had the opportunity to earn Pathfinder honors in horses, mammals, animal tracks, rocks and minerals, and canoeing.

Outdoor school, held at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash., focused on the creation week and challenged students to discover how the world around them relates to their lives.

“I love getting the schools together and watching them bond,” says Craig Mattson, Washington Conference vice president for education. “My favorite part is fishing with them. Some of the kids haven’t even been fishing, and it’s fun to see their joy of catching and releasing their first fish.”