Pathfinder Camporee 2011

Nearly 600 Pathfinders and staff attended this year’s Pathfinder Camporee at Joseph Stewart State Park the weekend of Sept. 10. The park looks out over the Lost Creek Reservoir surrounded by mountains, large conifers and an abundance of wildlife! The park lies about 40 miles west of Crater Lake National Park.

This year's theme, Send Me, was based on Isaiah 6:8. "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send Me!'”

There were three outstanding Teen Leadership Training (TLT) speakers this year from our Oregon clubs. Friday night Corynne Jackson from the Riverside Pathfinder Club took the platform. Sabbath morning Stella Vaeono from the Stone Tower Pathfinder Club spoke to the Pathfinders for church. And Jeanelle Pestes, from Whipple Creek Pathfinder Club, took the podium on Sabbath evening for vespers. All of these young ladies had excellent messages on the theme Here am I. Send Me!

You couldn’t have asked for better weather. On Sabbath afternoon, clubs had the option of staying on the campgrounds and participating in nature honors such as Shells, Mammals, Ferns, or Microscopic Life; or they could head off to tour the nearby fish hatchery or even visit Crater Lake National Park.

Sunday morning brought field events. Most clubs came up with an event that other clubs could rotate through. Some of the activities included stilt races, relay races, obstacle courses, frisbee golf, or tug-of-war just to mention a few!

Sid Dyer, Pathfinder Director of the Bonanza club said his Pathfinders loved the memory verse memorization and the knot tying events. All the Pathfinders headed home with a blessing, and some went home, perhaps, with a better appreciation for sunscreen!