Investiture Achievement

Investiture Achievement curriculum is the core of the Pathfinder ministry and will lead the Pathfinders in your club through an exciting journey as they learn and grow in their Christian experience.

The Investiture Achievement curriculum is for Pathfinders in grades 5-10 or their equivalent. As you review the requirements, you will see that they are aligned with the goals that are listed for each segment. Throughout the curriculum, special focus is given to creating a series of age-appropriate requirements that are sequenced to build from year to year, allowing Pathfinders to build on the skills previously learned. You are encouraged to use the best practices in education to meet the Pathfinder ministry goals.

The Basic level of the Investiture Achievement requirements are divided into seven tracks:

  • Personal Growth
  • Spiritual Discovery
  • Serving Others
  • Making Friends
  • Health and Fitness
  • Nature Study
  • Outdoor Living

Pathfinders who want to be invested in the Advanced level must complete all basic requirements plus additional requirements as listed in each track. They will also earn many additional honors as they complete the requirements in the Honor Enrichment track.

Requirements can be met in a variety of ways based on how each individual Pathfinder learns best. Each year that a Pathfinder is invested and advances to the next level the tracks remain the same as the previous year. However, the activities to fulfill the requirements change in order to allow each Pathfinder the opportunities to participate in new experiences and challenges and to practice skills and use information previously learned.

This curriculum is designed to create an ongoing learning environment. To maximize the success for each Pathfinder, club directors, instructors, and all Pathfinder staff must intentionally:

  • Inspire and motivate Pathfinders.
  • Emphasize quality, not quantity, of learning.
  • Build on knowledge that has been gained in earlier levels.
  • Allocate time to practice new concepts and skills.
  • Aim for understanding rather than memorization.
  • Consider developmental and individual abilities of each Pathfinder.
  • Employ effective and flexible strategies to aid learning.
  • Use concrete and meaningful activities.

Investiture Achievement Curricula

Whether you've been teaching Class Levels (now Investiture Achievement) for years or this is your first time, you'll love our expanding online resources dedicated to assist you.
 
Many clubs use "Class Levels" as a curriculum to help train pathfinders in a variety of educational, spiritual, and physical areas. For many clubs "Class Levels" forms the "template" or "lesson plan" for the year. Many staff enjoy the structure provided by "Class Levels," since it helps them create a organized plan of fun activities without spending many needless hours in "prep time." Instead, they are able to take the Class Levels framework and let loose their creativity in making the Class Levels exciting and interactive for their pathfinders.



There is some terminology used in Pathfinders to describe Class Levels ranks:

Friend -- Fifth Grade

Companion -- Sixth Grade

Explorer -- Seventh Grade

Ranger -- Eighth Grade

Voyager -- Ninth Grade

Guide -- Tenth Grade

Master Guide -- The top award granted to Pathfinder ministry. This indicates a person's commitment to the ideals of Pathfindering and to the Pathfinder organization and often requires two or more years to complete.

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Investiture Achievement Journals

Each Level of the Investiture Achievement has its own Record Journal, which lists the requirements, and provides space to document, journal, or record successful completion.

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Investiture Achievement Instructor Helps

Investiture Achievement is a multi-year curricula developed to provide a balance of activities and learning experiences for Pathfinders in the North American Division  (United States, Canada, Bermuda, Guam-Micronesia).  For those outside the North American Division click here.

Instructor Helps are designed to creatively engage Pathfinders in the Investiture Achievement requirements. Visit www.InvestitureAchievement.com to purchase Instructor Helps or download PDFs.

 

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Devotional ~ Pathfinder Pledge & Law

The following excerpt is from the book Devotionals for the Pathfinder Pledge and Law by former World Pathfinder Director, Bob Holbrook.  
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Elephants can weigh up to 13,000 pounds (5,500 kg). Their noses (trunks) can store up a gallon of water, which they squirt in their mouths for a nice swallow of refreshing drink. Their two upper incisors--tusks--have been known to grow to over 20 feet long. An elephant's heart alone weighs 60 lbs (over 27 kg). 

 

We had just finished lunch near a pan and were heading out to new adventures. Pans in African grasslands are large shallow depressions in the landscape that collect water during the rainy season, forming small ponds or lakes. Some are large enough to keep water all year round and serve as drinking sources for lots of different animals during the dry season. That makes a pan a very good place to go and watch for all kinds of animals. 

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