Investiture Achievement/Ranger/Personal Growth

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Ranger/Personal Growth

Requirement 1

Be in Grade 8 or its equivalent.

The Ranger level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the eighth 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 daily devotional life by studying the Weekly Devotional Guide (weeks 40 – 52) and the book of John 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 40: Judgment Week 44: Calling Week 48: Comfort
Week 41: Heaven Week 45: Remediation Week 49: Future
Week 42: Bible Study Week 46: Beginnings Week 50: Peers
Week 43: Challenges Week 47: Sabbath Week 51: Service
Week 52: Discipleship


John 1 John 11 John 21
John 2 John 12
John 3 John 13
John 4 John 14
John 5 John 15
John 6 John 16
John 7 John 17
John 8 John 18
John 9 John 19
John 10 John 20

Requirement 2b

Journal your thoughts by asking questions like:

  • “What did I learn about God?”
  • “What did I learn about myself?”
  • “How can I apply this to my life today?”
  • “What in this text is meaningful to me?”
  • “What is the theme in the verses I read?”

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 Law.

Every young person should have a code by which to shape his life. For the Adventist youth, the Pledge and Law is that code. These must be learned and their principles put into practice.

The Pathfinder Law is for me to:

Law Meaning
Keep the morning watch I will have prayer and personal Bible study each day.
Do my honest part By the power of God, I will help others and do my duty and my honest share, wherever I may be.
Care for my body I will be temperate in all things and strive to reach a high standard of physical fitness
Keep a level eye I will not lie, cheat or deceive and will despise dirty talk and evil thinking
Be courteous and obedient I will be kind and thoughtful of others, reflecting the love of Jesus in all my associations with others.
Walk softly in the Sanctuary In any devotional exercise, I will be quiet, careful, and reverent.
Keep a song in my heart I will be cheerful and happy and let the influence of my life be sunshine to others
Go on God's errands I will always be ready to share my faith and go about doing good as did Jesus

Requirement 3b

Illustrate your understanding of the Pathfinder Law 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 Law 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 AY Emblem.

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The AY emblem consists of the following elements:

  • Cross: The cross appears at the center of the emblem, and represents our salvation.
  • Three Angels: The three angels appear on the right side of the emblem and represent our duty to proclaim the three angels' messages. (Revelation 14:6-12)
  • AY: The letters "AY" stand for Advent Youth, the name of the organization the emblem represents.
  • World: The world on the left side of them emblem represents our mission field and reflects the AY Aim of taking the Advent message to all the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)

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