“Oh we are the Pathfinders strong. . . 

                                                                  The servants of God are we,
                                                                   Faithful as we march along,
                                                                   In kindness, truth and purity.
                                                                 A message to tell to the world,
                                                                    A truth that will set us free,
                                                           King Jesus, the Savior’s coming back
                                                                         For you . . . and me!” 

                                                                                                   -- Henry Bergh

Officially organized in July 1950, Pathfinders includes three phases of ministry:  junior, teen, and leadership training for young people grades 5-10.  Regular club activities include progressive class work, honors; camping; nature, and recreational activities; marching and drilling; field trips; fund-raising projects; community service; and evangelistic outreach.  Each meeting begins with a short ceremony in which youth sing the Pathfinder song and recite the Pathfinder pledge and law.

Membership in Pathfinders is not restricted to Adventist youth.  There are 26 clubs in Illinois with over 400 Pathfinders and staff.

Pathfinder Leadership
Each September there is a leadership training convention for all Pathfinder leaders and staff. It is important to teach leadership skills and share plans for the new Pathfinder year. 

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Contact the Illinois Conference youth department for more information.

For More Information on Pathfinders
The NAD (North American Division) has a wealth of information and resources about Pathfinders.  Their web site is