Pathfinder Leadership Award (PLA)
The purpose of this level of continuing education is to:

  • Continue equipping people for a sharper Pathfinder ministry
  • Enable those who are finding themselves removed from reality to keep pace.

I. Prerequisites


  • Be a Master Guide
  • Have completed a Pathfinder Basic Staff Training Course within the past three years.
  • Be an active Pathfinder staff member.
  • Be an active Pathfinder Class and/or Honor curriculum instructor.

II. Personal Growth


  • Complete a Bible Year plan or the Encounter Series II, Christ the Church.
  • Read a book on self-esteem, adolescent development or interpersonal relationships.
  • Select and develop a new personal skill useful to Pathfinder ministry through reading, listening to tapes, attending a class or joining a specialized organization.
  • Hold a current Red Cross CPR certificate or its equivalent.

III. Skills Development


  • Increase your Pathfindering skills by attending the following scheduled minimum hours for each seminar as sponsored by the conference Pathfinder Ministries personnel.
    • Administration and Human Relations ( 8 hours)
      • Team Building - (3 hours)
        • Goal setting
        • Planning process
        • Motivating volunteers
      • Personal Improvement - (2 hours)
        • Know your temperament
        • Finding your purpose
        • Conflict resolution
      • Development of Faith in Pathfinder Growth - (1 hour)
        • Preadolescent and adolescent growth patterns
        • What makes adolescents tick
        • Motivating volunteers
      • Discipline - (1 hour)
        • Understanding discipline
        • Effective discipline
        • Christian discipline
      • Current Issues - (1 hour)
        • (Family violence, AIDS, child abuse, violence prevention, teen drug use, tobacco and your heart, alcohol, etc.)
    • Camp Planning and Programming (4 hours)
      • Introduction to Camping: purpose, objectives, planning process
      • Hiking, backpacking, other forms of camping
      • Campsite: arrangement, environnemental impact, sanitation
      • Fires, first aid kits, safety, rescue
      • Cooking, menus, equipment, edible plants
      • Wilderness techniques and survival
      • Orienteering
      • Sabbath schedule and activities
      • Cold weather camping
    • Pathfinder and Community Ministry (3 hours)
      • What is Pathfinder Ministry?
      • Pathfinder Class curriculum applied to ministry
      • Service Learning
    • Resource Materials (2 hours)
    • Pathfinder Drill and Ceremonies (2 hours)
      • Commands
      • Individual drill
      • Basic club drill
      • Club guidon drill
      • Flag customs and procedures
      • Program ceremonies
      • Club inspections
      • Advanced drill
    • Outdoor Education (3 hours)
      • Concepts of outdoor education
      • Nature awareness
      • Spiritual applications of nature
    • Recreation (2 hours)
      • Philosophy of recreation
      • Types and guidelines for Christian recreation
      • New games and sports
  • During your involvement as a staff member in the local Pathfinder Club (prerequisite I.-3.), select any two areas listed above under requirement II.-1. and demonstrate the skills learned through application to specific projects, events, or situations in the Pathfinder Club.