Contents of this page include the Pathfinder song lyrics, music chords & the history of the Pathfinders movement.
Pathfinder Song Lyrics
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!
Pathfinder Song Music Chords
History of Pathfinders & The Meaning
The origins of Pathfinders origins of Pathfinders were based on the creation of missionary volunteers (MV) society in 1907. It was the concept of Flora Plummer the director of the General conference sabbath school department and the Youth Director of the Seventh-Day Adventist world church at that time. Junior Missionary Volunteer (JM) were added in 1909.
The idea of local clubs carrying out outdoor activities was added in 1922 by Arthur Whitefield Spalding who was the director of family ministries at the General Conference. In 1919 he had started a small group of what he called missions scouts for the youth of his home church.
The first campout by JMV was in Michigan in 1926. In 1927 the term pathfinder was first used & introduced by the Youth Leader of the South-Eastern California conference. By 1930 the structure of classes for pre-JMV (Adventurers) and for pathfinders was in place. From busy bee to mAster comrade(master guide since 1951).
Pathfinder Clubs began to spring up in the north america division and n the 1940’s the pathfinder emblem, flag and source were brought into effect. In 1950 the GC authorised pathfinder clubs across the world. Laurance Skinner was the first world pathfinder director.
The first clubs in New zealand & Australia had already been found by some in the late 1940’s.
The main activities of pathfinders included:
- Learning Crafts
- Healthy & wholesome activities in the outdoors
- Spiritual development
The first pathfinder fair was held in 1951 and the first camporee was held in 1954 in California.
Some things have changed nowadays, for example girls wearing white gloves as part of their uniform was common when pathfinders started but is now a rare sight. Typical Activities of the pathfinder experience include:
- Tent pitching
- Fire making
- Knot tying
International camporees are held every 5 years, these are highly rated events that are looked forward to by all pathfinders.
The image below is the pathfinder logo as we know it today.