We have spent all week helping prepare for an epic event about to occur in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! For those of you not familiar with an International Pathfinder Camporee, let me start by defining Pathfinders. Think of a Co-ed Boy Scout/Girl Scout program, but with a very Christian basis. The Pathfinder program is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist church, and teaches kids about all sorts of things, the foremost being a relationship with Jesus.
Every five years Pathfinders from all over the planet converge in one spot to play, learn and worship. Three days from now, over 55,000 people will arrive in Oshkosh to join the biggest International Camporee ever! We have worked like crazy, with hundreds of others, to prepare for this huge event. I am not going to put up any pictures except the teaser above, so I don’t spoil anybody’s surprise arriving to the camp. But I will mention that the stage in the picture above is HUGE, very sophisticated (you can’t see much of that in the picture), and will be the stage for every evening program.
Next week I will try to put up pictures of events in progress, as well as some of what we’ve done to build all this amazing stuff! In the meantime, please check out the completed blog of our Doing Duluth; I finally got around to adding a bunch of stuff that was missing last week!
I’m excited about your being at the camporee. Dallen and I attended the very first one at Camp Hale in Colorado, 1985. There were 16,000 Pathfinders and we thought that was gigantic. Can’t imagine 55,000! Our club from Carmichael, CA will be there. You might look them up. They have great collectible pins. We will enjoy and look forward to your daily postings. Have fun!
How exciting! I have family and/friends from the El Cajon and Paradise Valley (California) and South Santiam club (Oregon) who are heading your way now. I was at Camp Hale in 1985 and our 3 children will be Pathfinder age soon so we will be joining you in 5 years. God bless you all