New ADRA Pathfinder Honors Motivate Youth to Serve

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SILVER SPRING, Md. —In an effort to encourage youth to become more involved in their owns communities around the world, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) will unveil a new and updated set of ADRA Pathfinder honors at the upcoming 2009 International Pathfinder Camporee, which will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from August 11-15.

“Youth Ministries considers it a privilege to work with ADRA to provide these honors, and we hope that they encourage more young people to make community service a basic component of their lives,” said Baraka Muganda, World Youth Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “The skills that they learn while earning these honors can then be used to help others in their local churches and communities.”

The ADRA Pathfinder honors encompass a range of topics that emphasize ADRA’s mission of service and relief work. These include, Community Service (Level 1), Community Assessment (Level 1), Community Development (Level 1), Hunger Relief (Level 1), Disaster Response (Level 1 and 2), Literacy (Level 2), Refugee Resettlement (Level 2), and Conflict Resolution (Level 3). An ADRA Master honor is also available.

To earn the ADRA Master honor,candidates must first complete six of the nine ADRA honors, as well as one in the categories of Cultural Diversity, Cultural Heritage, Language Study, Temperance, or Junior Witness.

Each ADRA honor is embroidered on a dark blue background with an attractive new design describing the topic for which the patch is made.

The ADRA Pathfinder honors have been created in partnership with the Youth Ministries Department of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to encourage today’s youth to be leaders not only in their communities, but also to make a difference throughout the world.

“We’re very excited about these new ADRA honors,” said Julio Muņoz, bureau chief for Marketing and Development for ADRA International. “We believe that Pathfinders around the world will see them as excellent learning tools and be encouraged to continue serving their communities.”

Pathfinders is a global community service oriented co-ed program similar to the Scout movement with a membership of more than 2 million youths between the ages of 10 and 15. The program encourages bible study, discipline, community service, and teaches various skills, including leadership, camping and survival, science and nature, as well as various crafts, marching, and outdoor recreational activities and sports.

Pathfinders honors are a key part of the Pathfinder training, and are awarded in exchange for expertise in a given field. These honors are divided by skill level and organized into various categories, including Arts, Health and Science, Household Arts, Nature, Outdoor Industries, Outreach, Recreational, and Vocational.

ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race, or ethnicity.

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Author: Nadia McGill


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