First Hispanic Pathfinder Camporee Held

By: Robert Henley
Date: 05/15/07
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More than 180 Hispanic youth attended the
first Southeastern Conference Hispanic Pathfinder
Camporee, which was held in Seabring, Fla., during the
weekend of March 23-25. The theme of the event was “Growing
Up With Jesus.”

One of the highlights of the camporee was the
Bible Bowl, which was won by Cristian Alfar, member
of the Boca Raton Genesis Pathfinder club. Other activities
included nature hikes and honor workshops.

The first Hispanic Pathfinder club in Southeasternwas organized
in 1982 at the Pilgrims church. In an effort to increase the number
of Pathfinder clubs in the Conference, Roger Alverez, pastor and
Conference Hispanic ministries coordinator, appointed Edgar Alsaro
to serve as the first Hispanic Pathfinder coordinator for the Conference
in 2005.

Under the leadership of Alsaro, the number of Hispanic clubs have grown
from two to nine. It is his objective to establish a Pathfinder club at each of
the 35 Hispanic churches and groups in the Conference by 2010.

While the main function of Pathfinders is to serve as an internal ministry
for young people, it has often served as an evangelistic tool.
Such is the case with camp attendees from the New Jerusalem
Pathfinder club in Kissimee, Fla.

The group of 37 Pathfinders is roughly 50% non-Adventist. Club counselor
Virnalisa Jimenez is excited about their efforts, “For us, Pathfindering is
a ministry.” 

Pathfinders have played a critical role in the development
of Adventist youth in the Church. Organized in 1907, the institution
of Pathfindering has served as a platform for training Adventist
youth for 100 years.

Camporee organizers were happy with the results of the camporee
and anticiThe pate more youth to attend next year.

For more information regarding Pathfinders and how to start a club,
visit the official North American Division Pathfinder site
at www.pathfindersonline.org.

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