Pathfinders is a church-centred, spiritual-recreational program for young people 10 to 16 years of age. It is filled with action, adventure and challenge. It allows children to develop new attitudes and skills. These are skills that will produce personal growth, team spirit and a sense of loyalty, and respect for God, His creation and His church.

The whole philosophy of Pathfindering is built on the premise that children learn best by example rather than commands. As they see leader and parents model spiritual and social values, they too will aspire to develop high moral principles, loving and caring attitudes, and determination to excel in all their various pursuits.

Foremost, the ideals and objectives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are taught through an active learning program, which appeals to the learning style of this age group.



The Southern Expedition for this year will again be held in the Goulburn River National Park to the west of Drummers Flat. We will use our annual theme of “Dare 2 Prepare”. The cost will be kept at $35 / person (pathfinders & adults). 

This will be a Rogain with A-B-C-D gradings for groups of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12. All participants will be focusing on their map and compass skills and will be challenged to Dare 2 prepare.

Clubs will need to bring their own drinking water and there will be multiple water crossings so water shoes or similar will be required.


The Northern expedition for this year will be held at Buccarumbi, 40 km west of Grafton. We will be camping and hiking partly in private property and partly in the State Forest (Forestry Corporation of NSW, see here: http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit). We will use our annual theme of dare 2 prepare and the cost will be $35. This will be rogaining with A-B-C-D gradings for groups of a minimum of five and maximum of 12 all participants will be focusing on their map and compass skills and will be challenged to Dare 2 prepare.

All clubs will need to bring their own water in containers labelled well so that we can return the containers to the relevant clubs.


The UNSTOPPABLE Australian Camporee will be held just out of Molesworth, Victoria, on an invting river plain next to the Goulburn River. There are beautiful big river gums shading grassed flats, and surrounded by rolling hills and farming communities. There is a rich variety of wildlife in the area, from echidnas to wombats, kangaroos, koalas, blue-tongue lizards and kookaburras! 

Molesworth was established in 1875, and sits on the banks of the Goulburn River where 6000 ML of water flows past every day! It is 90 min north-east of Melbourne Airport, making it a very accessible location for all our clubs around Australia. In January we will look forward to pleasant temperatures, with highs around 26ºC, and lows of 15ºC. We can’t wait to welcome you to this picturesque location!

Early Bird      -      $190 (if registered by 2 Sept, 2018)
Regular Fee   -      $210 (from 3 Sept - 1 Dec, 2018)
Late Fee        -      $240 (after 2 Dec, 2018)


The minimum age of any attendee who is in a Pathfinder Club is 10 years of age. Please note that only children who are Pathfinder members are eligible to attend. They must have turned 10 years of age by the COMMENCEMENT date of the Unstoppable Camporee, January 1, 2019. 

Cooks or staff who have underage children (younger than 10 yrs) will need to make other arrangements for them, as they cannot be at Camporee. You must adhere to this policy to avoid an embarrassing situation. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

Information for Pathfinder Club Administration:

1. North NSW Youth Ministries Calendar

2. Pathfinder Directors Checklist

3. Pathfinder Club Report & Insurance Form

4. Club Report & Insurance Form Attachment

5. Working With Children Check

6. ABC Pathfinder Resource List

7. General Health & Consent Form

8. Activities Based Pathfinder Curriculum

9. Adventist Outdoors Activity Notification: Pathfinders

10. Safe Place Services Information

11. Public Liability Insurance Request

12. Incident Report

13. Risk Assessment Templates

** Adventist Outdoors Activity Notification: Churches & Youth Groups **

Way 2 Go Program
 Access to Honour Information

 Access to Pursuit Information

Pathfinder Leadership Award 
Online Units with North NSW


Pathfinder Curriculum
Pathfinder Committees and Job Descriptions 
Pathfinder Knots and Lashings 
Pathfinder Drill and Marching 
Pathfinder Programming 
Pathfinder Discipline
Pathfinder Sabbath Camping Programs 
Pathfinder Games
Pathfinder Administration 
Pathfinder Active Learning Methods 
Pathfinder Nature Awareness Methods 
Pathfinder Creativity Skills 

Online Units with Avondale College

Undertake Risk Analysis of Activities
Guide Outdoor Recreation Sessions
Plan for Minimal Environmental Impact 
Plan Outdoor Recreation Activities
Use & Maintain a Temporary or Overnight Campsite 
Demonstrate Bushwalking Skills in a Controlled Envir. 
Demonstrate Navigation Skills in a Controlled Envir. 
Facilitate Groups
Respond to Emergency Situations
Operate Communication Systems and Equipment

Pathfinder photos are available for viewing on the Pathfinders North NSW Facebook Page