History

Who started Pathfinders?  The short answer is that no one person did, but rather that a diverse group of youth-focused, God-loving, ministry-minded individuals in various location created "Pathfinder-like" clubs in various locations that eventually grew into the ministry we now know as Pathfinders.

The first Pathfinder Club of record was in Anaheim, California directed by John McKim and Willa Steen.  This club began in the late 1920's and ran through the 1930's.   In 1944 McKim died and the Steens had moved.  In 1930 Lester and Ione Martin with co-directors Theron & Ethel Johnston began a club in Santa Ana, California. Both of these first clubs were in the Southeastern California Conference and encouraged by Youth Director Elder Guy Mann and his associate Laurance A. Skinner.  For several years there were no clubs of record.

In 1946 John H. Hancock, then the youth director for Southeastern California Conference got a club going in Riverside, California.  John designed the Pathfinder triangle emblem and got a ministerial student, Francis Hunt to direct the club.   Both John and his wife Helen Hancock taught honors.

By 1947-48 Southern California Conference began having Pathfinder clubs - the first at Glendale, with Lawrence Paulson as director.  About that same time, the Central California Conference, under the direction of Youth Director Henry T. Bergh, began their Pathfinder program -- starting 23 clubs that first year.

Beginning with the God-directed program, called Pathfinder Clubs, in California, the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church adopted the program.  It thus, in 1950, became an official worldwide organization of the Adventist church, and grew rapidly.

Pathfinders is now a global ministry affecting thousands (if not millions) of young people worldwide.

 

To Read the Complete Pathfinder Story, Click HERE "The Pathfinder Story"

For "Pathfinder History in Brief", Click HERE

 

Uniform

What is the official NAD Pathfinder Uniform? Where do all the patches go? Am I supposed to have a green or black sash? These questions and more are answered here!

 

NAD Pathfinder Uniform (PDF) -- Official placement of Pathfinder insignia, apparel, and accessories

NAD Pathfinder Committee Votes New Uniform (2000)

Voted on February 22, 2000:

To accept the recommendations of the NAD pathfinder Taskforce on changes to be made on the current Pathfinder uniform, (from Forest Green skirts and slacks, to Black skirts, slacks; and Black Sash, as well as the following optional variations: for women and girls - long sleeve shirts, slacks, Bermuda shorts, culottes, skorts; for men and boys - Bermuda shorts with pleated or plain fronts: including low black shoes, black socks and/or appropriate stockings for women and girls) with the style of the new voted items of clothing to be decided on by the Pathfinder Council of each local Conference.

Pathfinder Uniform Colors / Pictures -- The basic descriptions of the parts of the Pathfinder Uniform (along with appropriate colors), along with a picture that helps you see how the uniform should look when worn.

Pathfinders UniformColors

The official colors for the NAD Pathfinder Unform are:

Shirt/Blouse - Khaki (Suntan)

Pants / Skirt -- Black

Socks -- Black

Shoes -- Black or Brown

Sash - Black, with length no longer than the tip of the fingers on the left hand

Neck tie -- Black (available from Adventsource)
Is available for both men and women. This is part of the adult Class "A" uniform.

 

NAD Pathfinder Uniform (PDF) -- Official placement of Pathfinder insignia, apparel, and accessories

Optional Variations

For women and girls

long sleeve shirts, slacks, Bermuda shorts, culottes, skorts. including low black shoes, black socks and/or appropriate stockings for women and girls

For men and boys

Bermuda shorts with pleated or plain fronts: including low black shoes, black socks

The specific style of the uniform items of clothing is to be decided by the Pathfinder Council of each local Conference.

Pathfinder Song

Oh, we are the Pathfinder 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!

Oh We Are the Pathfinders Strong Sheet Music with Guitar Chords

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