Pathfinders is a faith-based co-educational youth leadership and development program, boasting some 2 million members worldwide. The Pathfinder program provides a safe and nurturing environment where youth are able to develop and strengthen their spiritual, mental, physical and emotional skills, to participate in service to the community and to God, and to spend time in nature overcoming challenges and appreciating creation. Pathfinders emerge with a strong sense of personal responsibility and capability, an appreciation of working with small and large groups, and with a strengthened sense of faith, service and self confidence.
The Pathfinder Club is a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but welcomes members of any faith or no religious persuasion, so long as they agree to abide by the Pathfinder Pledge and Law. The Pathfinder Club is designed for youth in fifth through tenth grade, with opportunities for junior leadership at higher grade levels. The Pathfinder program includes six Achievement levels, comprising eight sections each: Personal Growth, Spiritual Discovery, Serving Others, Making Friends, Health and Fitness, Nature Study, Outdoor Living, and Honor Enrichment. The Investiture Achievement (IA) Classes provide a cohesive framework upon which the activities of the Pathfinder Club are built.
The Pathfinder AY Honors are another central component of the Pathfinder program. Honors are available in eight categories: Arts Crafts & Hobbies, Nature, Recreation, Health & Science, Outdoor Industries, Vocational, Household Arts, and Outreach Ministries (including a series of honors in coordination with Adventist Community Services). Pathfinder Honors offer opportunities for exploration into nature and healthful living, skill development into sports and outdoor activities, introductions in to hobbies and artistic endeavors, applicable life and job skills, leadership development, service and mission activities.