Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Special Oshkosh Edition; Commentary by Bradford Newton
Oshkosh. For Adventists, this single word has taken on a very special meaning. The 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee brought more than fifty-six thousand pathfinders and leaders to Wisconsin this last week—including more than 7,000 from the Pacific Union!
Pathfinders from 92 Countries gathered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the 8th International Pathfinder Camporee, which kicked off on Monday, August 12, and ran through Saturday night, August 17.
The Pacific Union was well represented by Pathfinders from across the Pacific Southwest! Some 236 clubs from each of the seven conferences in the Pacific Union attended this camporee, which is now held once every five years.
Pathfindering is now a global youth movement—and it was nurtured and developed right here in the Pacific Union. Our history with Pathfinders goes back some 90 years, including foundational work done in the 1940s and 50s. “Pathfinders” was first adopted by a camp in Southern California and then a club in Anaheim. The first conference-sponsored Pathfinder clubs were in Southeastern California, and many of the most familiar aspects of Pathfindering—the triangular emblem used worldwide, Pathfinder Fairs, Camporees, the Pathfinder Song—all got their start here in the Pacific Southwest.
At its core, the Camporee is designed to inspire young people to lift up Jesus in their lives. At this year’s camporee, 1309 precious young people were baptized—including some 200 from the Pacific Union! Thursday evening of Oshkosh was a special time for our Pacific Union clubs, as large crowds gathered on the left side of the main stage to participate as witnesses in the baptisms of dozens of young people from our conferences. An important moment witnessed by family and friends—and a moment of hope for the church.
Unforgettable experiences, special memories, and important life decisions. We’re grateful for the youth directors, coordinators, medical, security, and many other teams of people who worked hard to make this an educational, memorable and rewarding experience for our young people. Most of all, we’re grateful for those who prayed for our young people to experience God’s love while at Camporee, and for the young people who have chosen to follow Jesus.
The 2024 Camporee theme was announced on the final day of the Camporee. The next Camporee theme is “Believe the Promise.” The dates for the 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee are August 12-17, 2024.
Register for next year: https://camporee.org/
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“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV
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