A Toowoomba youth group is excited about playing host to a national church event in their hometown this summer.
Based at Glenvale Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Glenvale Pathfinder Club is the host club for the Australian Pathfinder Camporee to be held at the Clive Berghofer Events Centre, Glenvale, from January 4 to 9. Currently more than 2500 young people and leaders from all parts of Australia have registered to attend.
The Glenvale Pathfinder club has 30 members aged between 10 and 15 from local churches and community. According to one of the club’s leaders, the young people are excited about participating in the event themselves, as well as the thousands of young people who will visit their community.
“It’s fantastic that Toowoomba has been chosen as a place that is suitable for a national gathering of this kind,” says Julian Archer, chaplain of the Glenvale Pathfinder Club. “We encourage our young people to get outdoors and learn to be practical and hard-working, rather than screen-focused. Toowoomba was built on this kind of pioneering spirit and we are happy to be able to share this with our visitors.”
And the Glenvale-based youth group stands to benefit from this influx of visitors. The club is operating a store for the many visitors and taking orders for supplies from visiting clubs. “The funds raised will contribute to building a workshop and storage shed for club equipment on the church’s property in Glenvale,” says Mr Archer, “so this event will make a contribution to our club and our community into the future.”