The Pathfinder Bible Experience is a team challenge that focuses on immersion in the Word of God. Four levels of play each Pathfinder year culminate in an official NAD Pathfinder event held on the third Sabbath of April at a large venue somewhere in the NAD.

A full day of activities is planned, including Sabbath morning services, and the PBE event in the afternoon from 1-5 pm.

The PBE Manual is available from AdventSource or as a PDF download here.

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DETAILS - PBE Division Finals at Camp Hawthorne

To all Directors, Coaches and Staff coming to the North American Division Pathfinder Bible Experience Division Testing,
Congratulations on your Pathfinders’ achievement!  This is a very big step.
Want to provide you with as up to date info as we have regarding the event:
The location is at Camp Hawthorne, the summer camp and camp meeting facilities for the Southeastern Conference of SDA from the Southern Union.  The address for Camp Hawthorne is 1771 FL-20, Hawthorne, FL 32640.  Hawthorne, Florida is about 15 miles east of Gainesville, Florida.
You are welcome to come to Florida at any time and enjoy the recreation, the sights and the fun the state offers.
Division PBE programming will begin on Friday night, April 20, 2018, at 7:30 pm.  Our Friday Night Vesper Service speaker will be Elder Vandeon Griffin from the North American Division Youth Department.  Team Registration will begin at 8:00 on Sabbath morning at the Camp meeting auditorium.  Team Introductions and the Testing Program will take place at 9:30 am on Sabbath, April 21.  At the conclusion of the testing, we will dismiss for lunch which will be served next door at the cafeteria (purchase meal tickets at the link below).  If you prefer to bring your own lunch, space is available.  Please bring your own chairs and tables if desired.  
Our Divine Worship Service will begin at approximately 2:30 and our Speaker will be Elder Alex Bryant, Executive Secretary of the North American Division.  Following Worship, after a short break, we will conclude with the awards service.  All services will be live streamed for all at home to participate!  We anticipate that we will conclude our weekend about 6:30-7:00 pm on Sabbath evening.
For flight information, please note the following:  Hawthorne is about 2 hours drive time from the Orlando International Airport.  About 1 1/2 hours from the Jacksonville International Airport and about 1/2 hour from the Gainesville Airport.  Flight tends to be cheaper to the Orlando and Jacksonville airports.
There are an abundance of hotels close by.  The two cities closest to Hawthorne are Gainesville and Palatka.  You will find the same hotel chains in Palatka that are in Gainesville but they tend to be cheaper in Palatka.  
There is plenty of lodging onsite at Camp Hawthorne.  This is camp style cabin lodging where you will need to provide your own bedding, but very clean and comfortable.  See below for the link to reserving your lodging.
The Camp Hawthorne cafeteria will be providing the Sabbath lunch meal and the link for purchasing meal tickets is below.  Each team is responsible for purchasing all their own meals.
All questions regarding the meals and lodging should be directed to Camp Hawthorne, (352) 481-3961
All questions regarding programs and testing please contact me at my email address:  
We look forward to seeing all of you.  This is shaping up to be the largest Division PBE Program ever and we want you to be informed!
From time to time over the next several weeks you will be receiving updates and a registration form for your team(s) to register on line for the testing.
Thanks and may God bless you in your plans for Camp Hawthorne!
W. Gene Clapp
Pastor, Waco Seventh-day Adventist Church
NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience Coordinator

PBE 2018 Sample Question Downloads

Whether practicing a "dry run" or using the questions as part of a PBE preparation game against the church elders/ministry team, these files are meant to support your preparation for game-play at your regional, conference, and union events.

Format:  90 questions in the format you should be prepared to answer at PBE events.

English/Spanish Powerpoint 

Area level PBE Questions English/Spanish Powerpoint

2018 PBE Official Translations Commentary

UPDATE - Official Translations and Commentary of Daniel and Esther Released!

Read more: 2018 PBE Official Translations Commentary

2018 (PBE) Pathfinder Bible Experience Testing Dates

These are the suggested testing dates for PBE testing.  
Please check with your Conference and Union for actual dates and locations for testing:
Area Level: February 3
Conference Level: March 3
Union Level: March 24
Division Level in Orlando, Florida: April 20-21

New PBE Age/Grade Change (beginning 2015-2016)

At the North American Division Pathfinder Council, the following was voted beginning in the 2015-2016 Pathfinder Year. NEW PBE Age/Grade RULE: If a young person is an inducted member of the Pathfinder Club, including a TLT, they are eligible to be a member of a Pathfinder Bible Experience team. Staff members are not eligible to participate on a PBE team.

PBE Alert - Livestream Daniel Presentations for Pathfinder PBE Teams

Pastor Tim Madding, Lead Pastor at Beltsville SDA Church in Beltsville, MD (Potomac Conference) will be presenting the Prophecy Seminar geared towards 10-18 year olds to help them understand the The Book of Daniel not only to prepare them for the PBE testing but with deep hope for the heavenly kingdom.  Pr Tim Madding
Clubs and PBE teams across the NAD are invited to join this event via live stream that also includes live interactive Question-Answer. 
Jeveline Lettsome, Potomac PBE Speciality Coordinator would like to invite your PBE Team to join her and her teams!

Esther Joins Daniel for the 2018 PBE Testing Season

The 2018 testing season for PBE will be over the books of Daniel and Esther.


Both books cover the post-exile time period and share many themes and locations in common.  It was felt that only having 12 chapters of material would not allow all members of each PBE team to be fully involved and invested in the learning process.


Also included will be the SDA Bible Commentary Introduction for both Daniel and Esther.

PBE Location Change Division Finals 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - We have had to change our location for the PBE Division Finals testing program from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We have found an excellent venue in Chicago, Illinois.  There are several advantages to Chicago, mainly the airfares.  The location is Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois, 60465.  To confirm, the date for the Division Program is April 21-22, 2017.
We will be sending out hotel information within the next week.  The closest airport to fly in to is Midway Airport (MDW).  
Food:  As we discussed at the NAD Meetings, the NAD will no longer be providing free meals for the teams but will have food onsite from the New Life SDA Church that will be available for purchase in advance.  We will make registration for meals a part of the registration process when teams register for attendance.
Please pass this information on to your Pathfinder Clubs so they may make their plans accordingly.

W. Gene Clapp
NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience Coordinator

PBE Overview

The Pathfinder Bible Experience is the Official North American Division Pathfinder Bible study program. Some affectionately call the program Bible Bowl.

Each year, teams of six club members study a book of the Bible (alternating Old Testament and New Testament), memorizing large portions of God's word.  

Read more: PBE Overview

PBE Manual Revision 2016

The following items were voted in February 2016 and will become part of the 2016-2017 PBE Manual for the 2016-2017 Testing Year as well as following years.

  1. Voted:  Beginning with Pathfinder Year 2016-17, it is acceptable for a Conference to invite the teams placing first place and also second place at the Area Level Testing to advance and participate in the Conference Level PBE Testing.  This action is not mandatory and is only at the choice of the Conference.  Conferences may only take this action for teams advancing between Area and Conference Levels.
  2. Voted:  The Bible Study books for 2021 are Hebrews, James, 1st and 2nd Peter.  Suggested:We study a series of minor prophets for 2022.
  3. Voted:  In 2017, Due to Easter Weekend, the Division PBE Finals be April 21-22 
  4. Voted:  Division Testing locations
    The initial proposed rotation is the following: 2017-Lake Union, 2018-Southern Union, 2019-North Pacific Union, 2020-Atlantic Union, 2021-Southwestern Union, 2022-Columbia Union, 2023-Mid-America Union,  2024-Pacific Union.
  5. Voted:  On occasion the NAD is asked by various program authors to review their memorization or Bible study program and ask that the NAD adopt that program as the official memorization or Bible study program for PBE The NAD does not sponsor or adopt any outside program as official.  We may include those programs on a list of possible study helps and participants may then make a choice, however, no program will be adopted as official.

2016 PBE Final Results

We are incredibly excited and amazed with how God led hundreds of young people deep into the Bible - the Book of Exodus, during the 2015-2016 PBE season.  April 16 2016, 100 teams met in Prescott Arizona for the fifth annual NAD Division Testing event.  

All Teams who tested at the Division event are included in the following list by union and conference, with their placement.  Placement is based on the following metric:  First Place=90% correct of top scoring team's score;  Second Place=80% correct from top scoring team's score; Third Place=70% correct from top scoring team's score.

 More About PBE

Read more: 2016 PBE Final Results

2016 Division PBE Detailed Bulletin

UPDATE - Bulletin 3 - 4/6/2016

To all:
The Big Weekend is fast approaching and we are looking forward to seeing all of you in Arizona!  We always want to keep you informed so here is a repeat of some info but also much new info.  Be reminded that all programs will take place at Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.
Grader Assignments:
Each team has registered and as part of that registration you identified who your team is providing as a grader for another team.  All graders have been assigned and are shown on the attached two files.  You can check your Grader Assignment by looking down the list of teams till you find your name or you can use the second file where the grader is shown alphabetically, last name first.  Attention has been given to those teams needing either a Spanish or Bi-lingual grader.  Please be sure your graders attend the Grader’s meeting that begins at 8:45 on Sabbath morning.  It is very important that they be there on time or early.  The location of the grader’s meeting will be given at Registration.  If you have someone in your group who is willing to be a grader as an alternate, please have them there at the Grader’s meeting and as needed we will assign them a team.    All graders are to be in Class A uniform, whether Adventurers, Pathfinders or Master Guide.  
Team Registration on Sabbath Morning:
Registration will open Sabbath morning at 8:15am at the High School.  Registration will be by Union and there are five stations.  Please go to your own Union sign.   If you go to the wrong Union and try to register they will not have your registration packet.           Signage will tell you where to go.  The Union Groupings are the following:  1. Atlantic Union, British Union, Pacific Union;  2. Columbia Union;  3. Lake Union, Mid America Union, North Pacific Union;  4.  SDA Church in Canada, Southwestern Union;  5.  Southern Union.
Some teams have team members who are not participating in the actual testing or there are members of the traveling party, whether Pathfinders or Adventurers, who would like to participate as a runner, picking up the challenged Answer Sheets.  We welcome them and ask that they assemble at the Stage where they will be assigned as needed.  There will be a coordinator of the Runners who will make the assignments. 
Weekend Schedule:
Friday Night:
7:00Music with Pastor Ken Rogers and Pathfinders, Special Music by Pathfinders
Evening Message with Pastor Armando Miranda, Jr
Sabbath Morning:
8:15amTeam Registration opens at Gymnasium
8:45amGraders Meeting, location TBD
9:15amTeams to be in their places
9:30amPrayer, Inspections, Introductions and Testing Program Begins
12:15pmApprox. Testing Ends, 
12:20pmLunch Served, Gymnasium seating returned to audience seating
1:30pmWorship Service
Music with Pastor Ken Rogers and Pathfinders, Special Music by Pathfinders
Worship Message Pastor Kevin Johns
3:15pmPBE Team Awards Program
Till complete
Time?Closing Remarks and Prayer
All the testing and the Awards will be live streamed.  As soon as we have an address for the live streaming we will send out.
Lodging and meals at Camp Yavapines:
If you have not already registered for lodging and Sabbath and Sunday breakfasts at Camp Yavapines, you must do so no later than Friday.  The number to call is 480-991-6777 x 125.  If Evelyn does not answer please leave a detailed message and she will return your call but it may be as late as Monday when she calls back.
Be reminded that if you are staying at Camp Yavapines you are responsible for providing your own bedding and towels.  The physical address for Camp Yavapines is:  2999 W. Iron Springs Road, Prescott, AZ 86305




Sabbath Lunch at Prescott High School:
The NAD is providing 8 lunches per team, free of charge.  Some of you have purchased additional lunches.  If you have not done so but would like to purchase additional lunches please call Evelyn Saravia - 480-991-6777 x 125.  If Evelyn does not answer please leave a detailed message and she will return your call but it may be as late as Monday when she calls back.
Dress Expected:
Warm but casual dress is expected for Friday night.  Full Class A uniform is expected on Sabbath morning and afternoon, with an inspection taking place for all Pathfinders on the testing teams.   All graders are to be in Class A uniform, whether with Adventurers, Pathfinders or Master Guide. 
Thank you all for your dedication to our Pathfinders and once again we look forward to seeing you on Friday night, April 15 in Prescott!
W. Gene Clapp
NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience Coordinator