Investiture Achievement/Explorer/Personal Growth

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Explorer/Personal Growth

Requirement 1

Be in Grade 7 or its equivalent.

The Explorer level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the seventh grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

Requirement 2a

Develop your devotional life by studying the Weekly Devotional Guide (weeks 27 – 39) and the book of Acts utilizing printed or electronic resources.

Weekly Devotional Guide

The purpose of this requirement is to have the Pathfinder connect with God each day and help establish lifelong personal devotions. It is not to be done in a marathon sit down and read-as-much-as-you-can event. By reading the weekly devotional guide (thirteen weeks for Friend, Companion, Explorer, and Ranger, and 26 weeks for Voyager and Guide), the Pathfinder should gain a broader view of the Bible. They can use their Bibles, computers, or other electronic or audio devices to complete this requirement. The best way to approach the reading is by establishing a habit of reading the Bible every day (i.e., keep the morning watch!)

In addition to the topical studies: Friends are introduced to our friend Jesus through the stories of Matthew. Companions learn about the origins of the world through Genesis. Explorers explore the early church in Acts. Rangers return to the story of Jesus in John. Voyagers experience salvation as explained by Paul in Romans. Guides cover prophecy and end time events in Revelation.

Week 27: Attitudes Week 31: Praise Week 35: Forgiveness
Week 28: Commitment Week 32: Prayer Week 36: Abundant Life
Week 29: Growth Week 33: Trust Week 37: Death
Week 30: Faith Week 34: Salvation Week 38: Baptism
Week 39: Second Coming


Acts 1 Acts 11 Acts 21
Acts 2 Acts 12 Acts 22
Acts 3 Acts 13 Acts 23
Acts 4 Acts 14 Acts 24
Acts 5 Acts 15 Acts 25
Acts 6 Acts 16 Acts 26
Acts 7 Acts 17 Acts 27
Acts 8 Acts 18 Acts 28
Acts 9 Acts 19
Acts 10 Acts 20

Requirement 2b

Journal your thoughts by asking these questions:

  • “What did I learn about God?”
  • “What did I learn about myself?”
  • “How can I apply this to my life today?”

You may journal through writing, drawing or electronic process.

The questions are to be asked in relation to the Bible texts read in Requirement 2a. The point of having the Pathfinder answer these questions is to encourage him think about the text in a way that he may not have before. It is easier than we like to admit to read a long passage and not even think about it. Journaling should help prevent this.

How the journaling is done should be left to the Pathfinder.


Some people are more comfortable writing things down. This can be done with a pencil (or pen) and paper in a notebook, in a diary, on a word processor, or even on a blog or social network posting.


Some children do not like to write and will resist it mightily. For such children, the thought of not being invested in not likely to be an effective motivator. They may prefer to illustrate the concepts instead, and that is a valid way for them to journal their thoughts.

Electronic Process

The Pathfinder may choose to write his journal entries in a word processor, a blog, or a social network. While these may be considered either writing or an "electronic process," there are other options available. For instance, Pathfinders may wish to make an audio or video recording of their thoughts. If they have the equipment, this should be encouraged. If they are not comfortable sharing the material with the club, do not force them to.

Requirement 3a

Memorize the Pathfinder Pledge.

Pathfinder Pledge

Pledge Meaning
By the grace of God Only as I rely on God to help me can I do His will
I will be pure, I will fill my mind with that which is right and true and spend my time in activities that build a strong, clean character.
I will be kind I will be considerate and kind, not only to my fellow men, but also to all of God’s creation.
I will be true I will be honest and upright in study, work, and play and can always be counted upon to do my very best.
I will keep the Pathfinder Law I will seek to understand the meaning of the law and will strive to live up to its spirit, realizing that obedience law is essential in any organization.
I will be a servant of God I will pledge myself to God first, last, and best in everything I am called to do.
and a friend to man. I will bless others and do to them what I would have them do to me.

Requirement 3b

Illustrate your understanding of the Pathfinder Pledge in an interesting way.

An illustration is something that clarifies or proves a point. Its literal meaning is "to cast light upon." Jesus illustrated many truths through His parables - stories which helped people to understand His message. The requirement to illustrate the meaning of the Pathfinder Pledge is an opportunity for the Pathfinders to use their imaginations. There are many approaches to illustration, including:

  • Art projects
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Diorama
    • Sculpture
    • Comic book
    • Collage
    • Poster
  • Drama
    • Skit
    • Movie
    • Puppet show
    • Mime play (silent acting with narration or music)
  • Other
    • Photography slide show
    • Sign Language
    • PowerPoint or compatible multimedia presention
    • Blog post with text and pictures

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Requirement 4

Learn the meaning of the Pathfinder Emblem.

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Red (Sacrifice)
Reminds us of Christ. John 3:16, Rom. 12:1.
Gold (Excellence)
Standard of measurement. The Pathfinder Club has high standards to help build strong character for the kingdom of heaven. Rev. 3:18
White (Purity)
We desire to have the purity and righteousness of Christ's life in our lives. Rev. 3:5
Blue (Loyalty)
It is the purpose of the Pathfinder Club to help teach us to be loyal to our God in heaven, our parents, and our church.
Three sides
Completeness of the Trinity -- Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:19-20
Tripod of education:
Mental (Crafts and Honors)
Physical (Campouts, work bee, health focus)
Spiritual (Outreach and personal spiritual development)
Shield (Protection)
In the Scripture God is often called the shield of His people. Gen. 15:1, Eph. 6:16
Sword (Bible)
The sword is used in warfare. A battle is always won by offense. We are in a battle against sin, and our weapon is the Word of God. Eph. 6:17
Inverted Triangle
The inverted order of importance Jesus taught which is contrary to that taught by the world.
Sacrificing of one's self by placing the needs of others ahead of our own.
Pathfinder Club
The Pathfinder Club is one of the organizations of the world youth ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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There are no additional requirements in this section for the Advanced Ribbon.