Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinders programme boosts self-confidence
PORT ANTONIO, Portland:
The importance of learning and adopting Christian values and attitude is one way of grooming Pathfinders within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The life of a Pathfinder begins at age six and ends at 15 years where they are first taught how to observe oral hygiene, administer first aid, learning about plants and animals, among other things.
According to George Williams, who is in charge of the pathfinders portfolio at Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church, this is one way of grooming children and to allow them to socialise and interact with persons of the same age, whose culture might be a bit different, and also to boost their self-confidence.
"One doesn't have to be a Seventh-day Adventist to become a Pathfinder," said Williams.
"What it does however, is to instil discipline, respect, and teaches Christian values and attitude. As a matter of fact, Pathfinders are groomed to become future leaders, and also how best to resolve conflicts and disputes. To be a Pathfinder also allows one learn basic survival skills and how to prepare meals," he added.
The Pathfinders club, which is described as a holistic one, comprises several other stages including guide, master guide, and senior guide.
Pathfinder generally assume pastoral duties, conference president, youth leaders, and executive members.
"I would encourage parents and guardians to ensure that their children become a part of the Pathfinders club, which goes a far way in assisting them spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and otherwise," Williams told Family and Religion.