Pathfinder History Summary

Timeline

 

  • 1907
    • Missionary Volunteer Society was founded
  • 1908
    • Junior Reading Course
    • First Missionary Volunteer Day January 26, 1908
  • 1909
    • Junior Missionary Volunteer Societies organized  (JMV)
  • 1911
    • MV Leaflet Series began
  • 1913
    • First Spanish Reading Course Books
  • 1914
    • Junior Manual by Ella Iden-Edwards published
  • 1917
    • Junior Bible Year begun
  • 1920
    • Harriet Maxson Holt becomes the 1st Junior Secretary (1920-1928)
  • 1922
    • JMV (now AJY) Progressive Classes introduced Friend and Companion classes, MV classes (now AY Classes) Comrade and Master Comrade (now Guide and Master Guide -- 1951)
    • A. W. Spalding and Harriet Hold advocate basic idea of Pathfinder Clubs
  • 1924
    • Junior Manual authored by Harriet Maxson Holt
  • 1926
    • The first junior camp was held in USA (Town Line Lake, Michigan)
  • 1927
    • The first Conference Sponsored Pathfinder Club - Anaheim/Fullerton Churches begum"    John McKim  -   director, Willa Steen Girls director.  Guy Mann Southeastern California Conference Youth Director and Laurence A. Skinner associate youth director
  • 1928
    • Southern California's first youth camp, San Gabriel Canyon
    • First 16 Vocational Merits (now AY Honors) were introduced
  • 1927/1928
    • At some point the term "pathfinder" was first used -- early notable was John McKim in Southeastern California Conference.
  • 1930
    • Pre-JMV Classes, Busy Bee, Sun Beam, Builder and Helping Hand developed
  • 1931
    • Early Master Comrade Investiture held at GC to highlight / encourage program (first Investiture of Master Comrades occurred earlier)
  • 1932
    • First JMV Pathfinder Camp, Idyllwild, purchased
  • 1938
    • Master Comrade Manual published
  • 1946
    • The first conference-sponsored Pathfinder Club in Riverside, California
    • Pathfinder Club emblem designed by John H. Hancock
  • 1947
    • The first North American Division Youth Congress was held in San Francisco
  • 1948
    • Helen Hobbs made the Pathfinder flag
    • First area Pathfinder coordinators appointed (Central California Conference)
  • 1949
    • Henry Bergh composed the Pathfinder song
  • 1950
    • General Conference authorized the JMV Pathfinder clubs for world field
    • Pathfinder Staff Training Course and How to Start a Pathfinder Club booklet was published
  • 1951
    • The first Pathfinder Fair was held on September 23 in Dinuba, California
    • Master Comrade was changed to Master Guide
    • Pathfinder Staff Manual published
  • 1952
    • Pathfinder song copyrighted
  • 1954
    • The first Pathfinder Camporee was held on May 7-9 in Idyllwild, California
  • 1956
    • Explorer class added
  • 1957
    • JMV Pathfinder Day was added to the church calendar
  • 1960
    • The first Union Camporee was held on April 11-14, Lone Pine, California
  • 1962
    • MV Pathfinder Field Guide published
    • Pathfinder Drill Manual published
  • 1963
    • John Hancock elected as World Pathfinder Director
  • 1965
    • JMV Handbook was combined with Master Guide Manual as MV Handbook
  • 1966
    • Pioneer Class was added
    • The first North American MV Camp Directory was published
  • 1970
    • Pioneer Class name was changed to Ranger Class (8th Grade)
  • 1974
    • The Pathfinder Staff Manual was revised and expanded
  • 1979
    • Missionary Volunteer (MV) was changed to Adventist Youth (AY)
    • Junior Missionary Volunteer (JMV) was changed to Adventist Junior Youth (AJY)
    • The Pre-AJY class was changed to Adventurers Club(4 yrs. - 4th grade)
  • 1980
    • Les Pitton was elected as North American Division (NAD) Youth Director
    • MV Camp Directory was changed to World Adventist Youth Camp Directory
  • 1981
    • Pathfinders Sing Songbook was published
  • 1982
    • The New Pathfinder World replaced the MV World
    • Voyager Class added
    • NAD Pathfinder uniform revised
  • 1985
    • Norm Middag appointed as NAD Pathfinder Director
    • The first NAD Pathfinder Camporee was held in Camp Hale, Colorado, USA
  • 1987
    • The current NAD Pathfinder emblem was designed by Norm Middag
  • 1989
    • NAD Pathfinder Honors Manual revised, new were honors added
    • Friendship Camporee in Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Columbia Union
    • New AY Classwork Curriculum integrated in Pathfinder curriculum
    • Adventurer Program became an independent program from Pathfinders
  • 1993
    • Restructuring resulted in Office of Pathfinder Ministries
  • 1994
    • "Dare to Care" International Pathfinder Camporee, August 2-6, Denver, Colorado
  • 1995
    • Teen Leadership Training (TLT) Program established for training High school students (grades 9-12)
    • First Pathfinder Web Site established
    • First Pathfinder Club web page, Fort Worth Eagles, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1996
    • Basic Staff Training, Pathfinder Leadership Award (PLA), & Pathfinder Instructor Award (PIA) curriculum developed
  • 1997
    • Willie Oliver became a NAD Director of Pathfinder & Camp Ministries
    • NAD Pathfinder Honors Manual revised, new honors added
    • NAD Pathfinder Staff Manual updated
  • 1999 NAD Pathfinder Web Site established
    • Discover the Power International Camporee held in Osh kosh WI (USA)
  • 2000
    • Elder James Black appointed to be NAD Youth Ministries director, overseeing Youth, Pathfinder, Adventurer, and Camp Ministries
    • Pathfinder Uniform changed to Black & Tan
  • 2001
    • AY Honor Handbook added 17 new Honors as well as several International Honors.
  • 2003
    • NAD Youth Ministries developed a Website Community ministering to Youth, Pathfinders, Adventurers, and Camping Ministries (YPAC).
  • 2004
    • NAD Pathfinder Ministries (under the leadership of James Black and Ron Whitehead) hosted the "Faith on Fire" International NAD Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, WI (USA) on August 9 - 14, 2004.
  • 2009
    • NAD hosted "Courage to Stand" International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, WI (USA) on August 11-15, 2009.
  • 2014 - "Forever Faithful" International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, WI (USA).

Read more about the history of Pathfinders in The Pathfinder Story by John Hancock. Available from AdventSource Catalog #000900

Read the article about the Pathfinder Museum at Adventist Review.