The Pathfinder Club is a worldwide program organized and directed by the Youth Department of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, committed to understanding young people and and training its youth for leadership and service to humanity. It offers a wide range of learning experiences for young people grades 5-10 and is operated by the local Seventh-day Adventist Church under the direction and control of the local conference youth director.
Each Pathfinder Club is administered by a club director and appointed staff. All adults who work with Pathfinders must receive clearance via background check, ensuring the safety and well-being of the youth entrusted to their supervision.
The Pathfinder Club has a flag, bearing the Pathfinder’s Club Emblem. The flag is flown at local and conference Pathfinder programs and activities. The Pathfinder Club also has a Pledge and Law, highlighting the spiritual basis on which the club is built.
Each Pathfinder is issued a specially designed full-dress uniform which is worn at meetings, programs and public activities.
Our local club, The Wyoming Valley Falcons, meets twice weekly from September through June, on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 and Saturday afternoons at 2:00. Summer activities and excursions are still held but weekly meetings are suspended for the months of July and August. During these meetings the Pathfinders perform drill and marching, crafts and/or hobbies and games, as well as taking part in devotional activities and class work. Bible instruction and preparation for service are particular focuses of the Pathfinder Club, as is developing a respect and appreciation in our youth for God’s great outdoors through hiking, camping and many other activities.
One of the Pathfinder Club's most redeeming (but grueling) activities is their annual Bible Experience Challenge,
in which teams are tested on their knowledge of specific books of the Bible. The Wyoming Valley Falcons are three time Pennsylvania Conference Champions (2012, 2013, 2014), and recently won a share of first place at the Union (regional) Level Bible Experience, qualifying them to compete in the North American Division (national) round of competition.
Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures of our Falcons in action.
The local church also maintains a separate youth group for children under ten years of age, the Adventurer Club.
For more information on how to involve your child in our Christ centered group, contact Shirlee Jones, Pathfinder Club Director, at 570-675-3849 or leave a message at the church, 570-235-1418.