Pathfinders, Adventurers, Eager Beavers
The Denver Park Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church has an important ministry for children 3 to 16 years old. The 3 to 5 year olds have an organization called Eager Beavers. First graders through 4th graders can belong to Adventurers and the older children can be part of the Pathfinder Club. These organizations aid in the spiritual, physical, mental, and social development of children. Although these organizations are sponsored by the church, any child in the community who wants to join are welcomed.
Adventurers have various activities such as learning scriptures in a fun and memorable manner. They do crafts and attend various activities and excursions. They also begin to learn how to march and drill as they are preparing for Pathfinders.
Pathfinders is an organization like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The young people learn how to camp, march and drill, learn life skills and earn honors about many different subjects. Some of the honors include rope tying, auto mechanics, music, animals, cooking, baking, grooming, swimming, first aid, CPR, and baby sitting just to name a few. They also learn about the Bible and how to apply it to their lives. Another important aspect of Pathfinders is learning leadership skills. One fun activity for a Pathfinder is calling out marching and drilling commands. Community activities are a very important part of this organization. The Pathfinders have helped clean up parks, visited the sick and shut-in, and served food to senior citizens. We attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade every year.
These local clubs are part of a worldwide organization. The Pathfinders worldwide meet every 5 years in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin for a Camporee. The next one takes place in August, 2014. At this event there are numerous activities and honors to learn about, highlighted by moving spiritual lessons every night. In 2009, over 30,000 Pathfinders attended this event. Each local group has a unique name and insignia they were on their uniforms. The Park Hill club is called Roho Rafikima. It is Swahili for “soul friends.” If you know someone who has a child that is looking for a great learning experience with an importance on how to serve the community, invite them to join. Currently, the clubs meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 10:30 to 1:00.