Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Springwood Pathfinders (Qld) have come up with a great fundraising idea, a fun way to celebrate the memories of camporee and a creative way to help others. Announcing the "Camporee Survivor" T-shirt.
Springwood Pathfinders are donating 50% of the profits of these shirts to help the families affected by the Queensland floods.
You can individually or as a club place an order by sending a request for an order form to firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Springwood Pathfinder Club's website for more details.
Orders must be in before February 17.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
In scenes likely to have been repeated in church yards around Australia at some stage last week, members of the Lilydale Pathfinder club (Vic) were cleaning their muddy camping gear when it arrived back on Wednesday.
After most of the Pathfinder club flew home from Brisbane, the camping equipment travelled home by trailer, with Rob picking his way through the flooding in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. Eventually, he made it home and the wash-down began.
“There is now a bit of Toowoomba on the Lilydale church lawn,” says Rob. “We have no dry tents yet but with time that will come.”
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
As the Australian Pathfinder Camporee came to an end on Sunday, camporee director Tony Knight thanked Toowoomba for hosting the national event and for the community’s support, particularly when heavy rainfall disrupted the camporee on Thursday.
Amid other stories of local support, at least one laundromat stayed open until 1:30am on Thursday night to allow club leaders to dry bedding and clothes for their young people. On hearing of the needs of the displaced Pathfinders, one local woman turned up with bags of dry towels
“We really appreciate the support of the local community in this way,” says Mr Knight. “Right from the beginning, the Toowoomba community and council have been very welcoming of this event—and they really showed that welcome in practice, when we really needed it.“For more than 2500 young people from around Australia, Toowoomba will be remembered—and, despite the challenges posed by the weather, most of those memories will be very positive.”
Chaplains continued to circulate in their sub-camps, praying with each club before they began the journey home.
Campers at the Australian Pathfinder Camporee in Toowomba gave more than $4000 to support Queensland flood survivors on January 8. Having experienced some of the extreme weather for themselves during the camporee, many of the young people wanted to make a contribution to those for whom the continuing rainfall is not just an adventure of a few days.
“Most of us can simply go home with some muddy clothes and mostly good memories,” says camporee director, Tony Knight, “but for thousands of Queenslanders, this is an ongoing crisis.
“While we don’t presume that we have been affected to any degree like that of many Queenslanders, I think many of our young people were given a glimpse of what it might be like to have to leave your home due to rising floodwaters,” he says. “We received a number of requests that we do something as a group for these communities.”
The funds raised will be given to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s Queensland Flood Appeal. ADRA is working in a number of Queensland communities to support families coping with the flood crisis.
To donate to ADRA's flood appeal, visit www.adra.org.au or call 1800 242 372.
After the conclusion of the dramatic story, the program transformed into a closing ceremony and the camporee flag was lowered.
And more than 1200 camporee participants said yes—making or renewing a commitment to Jesus—with 446 of them requesting baptism.
“These numbers represent the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of young people and the power of God working through the lives of hundreds of Pathfinder leaders, volunteers, pastors and youth directors,” says Pastor Steve Kane, who has led the chaplaincy team at camporee. “For all those involved in the ‘Under Oath’ Camporee, it’s a special honour and privilege to see God at work and to watch from close up.”
This past year the clubs 21 young leaders—aged between 16 and 23—have played a major role in the club and, in particular, two leaders Marty and Katrina conducted Bible studies with the two young people who were baptised at camporee.
“Our young leaders interact better than some older people and gives the younger Pathfinders a vision of what they can be,” says Mr Barron. “And these young leaders are fearless—they are more willing to give it a go.
“My role now as an older person is to support and encourage our young people. But with such enthusiastic leaders, it has been a great year for our club.”
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Pastor Nick Kross, youth director for the South Pacific region, is now a veteran of three camporees in three weeks.
His journey began in Vanuatu on December 19, where more than 2000 Pathfinders camped at the Blue Water Resort, Port Vila. Clubs from around the Pacific came together, with the biggest representations from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The smallest country represented was one Pathfinder and their Youth leader from Kiribati and 25 from Tuvalu. As the camporee was held by the ocean, most of the activities were water and swimming based.
During the camporee, the Pathfinders had the opportunity to live out the theme, “Courage to Tell” by marching through the town, and also cleaning up the entire town zone. On the Sabbath afternoon, 142 Pathfinders and older young people were baptised.
The Cook Islands hosted the next camporee with 900 Pathfinders at the Papaaroa Adventist Primary School from December 28 to January 2. The Cook Islands prime minister attended the opening ceremony, where he recited the pledge and law he had learned as a Pathfinder.
Then . . . —well, you know what happened next in “sunny” Toowoomba with 2600 Pathfinders from across Australia.
“It has been fantastic to get an overview of Pathfinder ministry across the South Pacific,” says Pastor Kross. “Three places in three weeks has been frantic but we’ve learnt some great things we’d like to apply to the next camporee.”
The Taupo club (pronounced Toe-paw) is among our three international visitors at the Australian Camporee. The eight young people and five adults from across the ditch were hosted by the Mackay Central Club. Director Rochelle Rielly would recommend the experience. Mackay provided tents and food for their guests, even organising some of the touring activities before camporee, including a trip to Australia Zoo.
“Mackay were hosted by another club at OshKosh, USA. They decided to pay the favour forward and host us!” says Mrs Rielly. “I think we will definitely be hosting a club in the future. It is so beneficial for the kids and everyone.”
Taupo fundraised for 18 months to get here, selling everything they could find, holding bake sales and selling kiwi fruit. So was it worth the work and the trip? “The integration with the other kids has been great. They’ve made many good friends, especially with the Mackay club,” says Mrs Rielly. They say they definitely will be back.
Meanwhile, Park Ridge Pathfinders (Qld) have been noticed for their helping hands. While many clubs struggled in the heavy rain, Park Ridge’s tents stayed fairly dry so they looked for how they could help other camps and began helping to feed other clubs in their sub-camp. “That’s what Pathfindering’s about,” says club director, Gwen Ward. “Maybe that’s why we had the rain. God has got us all pulling together.”
The Park Ridge kids have been making friends in the process. “In 20 years, we’ll all look back and remember Toowoomba,” says Ms Ward.
Friday, January 7, 2011
On Friday afternoon, the Mackay Central Pathfinder club (Qld) performed as a tight unit and took out the marching and drill competition, while Logan City Samoan club (Qld) performed an entertaining freestyle drill.
According to camporee parade marshall Paul Creswell, “the winning club was obviously well rehearsed and the standard was very high.”
According to the people behind the nightly drama program, the story that is unfolding night-by-night is the result of more than a year of planning. Casting and stage planning began early last year and the script—written by camporee director, Tony Knight—gave direction to actors, costumer designers and set planners from October last year.
However, despite the long preparation time, the team only assembled last week to pull the pieces together. “The drama team and crew have been excellent to work with,” says director, Tania Calais. “And since we have arrived here as a team we have drawn in some additional cast members with just a few days notice and they are doing wonderfully.”
The drama re-tells the Bible story of Josiah, the boy king who chose to stand for God and turned his nation around, with a modern-sub-story of a couple of young people involved in an archaeological expedition exploring the story for themselves.
Stefan Lares, from Perth (WA), plays the character Ashley. “Everyone has been really good to work with,” he says. “We were praying as we were back stage on the first night and I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be.”
He’s says Tania’s a “brilliant director” and Tony did a great job at writing the script. “We hope that everyone at camporee will focus on the message that is coming through,” he adds. “This is my first camporee and being a member of the staff has been tiring but heaps of fun.”
After registration was completed on Tuesday, the administrative staff have been working to finalise the statistical dimensions of the 2011 Australian Pathfinder Camporee:
Total Pathfinders and club staff registered: 2598
Total clubs registered: 109
First club to check in: Woollahra (NSW)
Last to check in: Casey (Vic)
Most from a conference: South Queensland, 621
Smallest conference group: Tasmania, 47
From overseas: 72 (Vanuatu 46, Taupo 13, Te Kopuru 13)
Largest club: Central Coast (NSW), 96 members
Smallest club: Illawarra (NSW), 5