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2014 International Pathfinder Camporee - Newsletter

January 2012

Are You Living a Godly Life?


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT)


Pathfinders Feed Starving Children


Hunger is a giant problem for many children around the world. In March of 2011, the St. Paul Trailblazers Pathfinder club volunteered at the Feed My Starving Children ministry. They boxed 5,292 meals for places like Haiti, Africa and the Philippines. They also turned this opportunity into a retreat with the theme of "Facing Your Giants." Their guest speaker was Daniel Birai, a master's student at Andrews University. One way that they explored to cope and conquer giants is to help others, and they helped starving children enjoy a meal.

At the 2014 International Camporee, what can we do to make a difference for others? If you have ideas, contact Pastor Ron Whitehead, FFIC Director.

(Source and Photo Credit: Outlookmag.org, July 2011)

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Honor Pilot Request


Are you interested in piloting a new honor? Are you interested in outreach ministries? Are you a Pathfinder instructor? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be interested in piloting the Public Campus Ministry honor. You can view details about the honor Here. For more information, please contact Scott Ward.

At the 2014 International Camporee, what can we do to support Pathfinders in public schools to share Christ? Please send ideas to Pastor Ron Whitehead, FFIC Director.

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Fundraising Ideas?


Finding time or coming up with ideas to raise money for the International Camporee can sometimes be hard. If you have any fundraising ideas that you have used to raise money for your Camporee tickets, please contact Kate Shoemaker, FFIC Administrative Assistant. We would like to spread the word through this newsletter so that others can use your great ideas to raise money for their tickets.

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Possible Pathfinder Club Devotional


Can you find any similarities between a Pathfinder and a Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? Please send your thoughts to Pastor Ron Whitehead, FFIC Director.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Facts:

How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknown and why?

  • 21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

  • 21 seconds: For the same reason as answer number one.

Why are his gloves wet?

  • His gloves are moistened to prevent losing his grip on the rifle.

Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time?

  • He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

How often are the guards changed?

  • Guards are changed every thirty minutes, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

  • For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5'10" and 6'2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30."

Other Facts:

  • They must commit two years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform of the tomb in any way.
  • After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as a guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.
  • The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
  • There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. A guard spends five hours a day getting his uniform ready.
  • The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.

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