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2014 International Pathfinder Camporee - Newsletter

September 2013

Camporee App


Be sure to download our new updated Camporee App to:

  • Participate in the countdown to the Camporee
  • Access the latest news items for the Camporee
  • Contact Downline Directors
  • Click on the following link to see the Camporee App information, and to download it to your phone:


The FFIC Android App will be coming October 20, 2013

For more information: Contact - Justin Yang, CYE IT Coordinator and Nighttime Associate Director.


Theme Song Deadline


The deadline date for the Theme Song Contest is February 2, 2014. Though previous newsletters listed different dates, we would like to honor the date listed on the entry form – February 2, 2014. If you have submitted a theme song, but would like to revise it, you may do so by marking your subsequent entry as a "revised version" of the original. We are not able to return the originals. We are in the process of evaluating the current entries, so please submit your entry as soon as possible.

For more information: Contact - Michelle Mota, Nighttime Administrative Assistant.

Orchestra Auditions Now Open


What an amazing opportunity to be a part of the 150 member Camporee Orchestra for Sabbath Morning, August 16, 2014!

If you are interested, and are ages 9 to 19, you may audition by video with a selected piece of music chosen from the Camporee Orchestra Music on the FFIC Website. 

Once you have uploaded your video to YouTube or Vimeo, please fill out the online application form on the FFIC Website.

The deadline to submit your orchestra audition is December 25, 2013. There are only 150 Orchestra spots available. The Orchestra members will be announced January 1, 2014, in the FFIC Newsletter. Watch for the announcement in a special-edition newsletter.

For more information: Contact - Randy Griffin, Nighttime Program Director.

North America Club International Host Updates


If you volunteered to host International guests when you registered, please update your registration with any changes: Number you can host; the name and contact info of your club leader. This will greatly expedite hosting arrangements. If you would like to host Pathfinders from a particular country - Contact  Ken Veal, Camporee Hosting Coordinator. 

Volunteers Needed


The success of the International Camporee tremendously depends on the assistance of camporee volunteers. Volunteers provide support for each area of the camporee: Administration, Daytime & Nighttime Programming, Communication, Facilities, Safety, Medical, and others.

If you are interested in applying to be a Camporee Volunteer Staff, you can do so now! We are in need of assistance in the following areas:

  • Medical (Physicians, nurses, EMT's & Physical Therapists)
  • FFIC Radio Station and Two-Way Radio Dispatchers
  • Security
  • Bilingual Volunteers for Registration (French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese)
  • Setup (Registration, Tent Set-up)
  • Facilities (Shower Maintenance, Equipment)
  • Photography Professionals

Please fill out your volunteer application form on the CYE Website:


Like all Camporee & Pathfinder Staff, Volunteers are responsible for purchasing their Camporee tickets and providing their own food and lodging while at the camporee. 

For more information: Contact - Karacan Sayrun-Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator.

Adventist Rodders Club


The Adventist Rodders Club had a presence at the last three International Camporees! So if you are a member of the Adventist Rodders Club, or have an antique or classic car that you can bring to the Camporee to possibly be selected to be used in parades contact - Donny Gore.

All antique/classic cars brought to the FFIC will be exhibited.

For more information about the club: Visit - http://leiske.com/adventistrodders.html 


Oshkosh Walk Around Orientation


The Camporee Walk-Around orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All are welcome to attend this important meeting. 

For more information: Contact - Vern Byrd, Facility Director.

Pathfinder Clubs $1000.00 InStep Award


The NAD Adventist InStep for Life initiative is offering a $1000.00 award for the top clubs who register their physical activity miles in 2013! Check out the link below and find out how your club can compete for this great award.


FFIC Arrival and Departure Information


Oshkosh Arrival Options:

  1. You may arrive Monday, August 11, 2014 after 12:00 Noon CST.
  2. You may arrive Tuesday, August 12, 2014. It is suggested that you arrive before 12:00 Noon CST so you can set up before the opening nighttime program beginning at 7:30 pm CST.

Oshkosh Departure Options:

  1. Saturday night, August 16, 2014, after sundown, you can tear down your campsite and depart one hour after the final closing program.
  2. Sunday morning, August 17, 2014, you may depart anytime before 10:00 am CST.

For more information: Contact - Dileanny Guada Registration Coordinator.  

Promotional Videos


Click on the links below to download the FFIC promotional videos.



Camporee Address


The Camporee grounds covers a very large area at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Therefore, it is difficult to give accurate directions to the site itself. Below is the physical address for the Air Museum, which is onsite. This should be used for direction purposes only and NOT for mailing packages. 3000 Poberezny Road Oshkosh, WI 54902

Fun Facts


Q. How many North America tickets are available? 

  • 36,000

(Now only 31,000 tickets are left)

Q. How many international tickets are available?

  • 2,000

(Now only 1,850 tickets are left)

Q. How many Day Passes are available?

  • 2,000 

(Now only 1,980 tickets are left)

Q. When does the price of all tickets go up?

  • February 1, 2014. 

(After February 1 the new price will be $215.00)

Q. At the last 2009 International Camporee who was the Bible story about?

  • Esther

Q. What was in the sky on the final night that "WOWED" the crowd?

  • A Giant Cross. 

(You are welcome to submit your best pictures to - Ron Whitehead)

Q. How many people were baptized at the 2009 Courage To Stand Camporee?

  • 521

(Two new pools have been bought, we are planing on having 1,000 baptisms at the 2014 FFIC.)

Start Fundraising Now!


It is never too early, or too late, to start fundraising for the 2014 Forever Faithful International Camporee!

Here are some ideas:

  • Auction: Have individuals, groups and businesses donate goods and services. Be creative in what you can auction off and make certain that the goods and services are sold at reasonable prices.
  • Kilometers of Coins: Gather donations of coins (pennies, dimes, or quarters) and lay them side-by-side until they stretch out to be a kilometer long. Alternatively, surround your gym, library, or parking lot with the coins.

If you have successful fundraising stories you would like to share: Contact Dileanny Guada, Registration Coordinator.

North America Conferences show support for Oshkosh


The Washington Conference has cancelled summer 2014 Pastor Workers Meeting so pastors can go with there cubs to Oshkosh.
Thank you Washington Conference for your support for the FFICamporee and your local Pathfinders.

Gene Clapp, Texas Conference Pathfinder Coordinator say, "Emotions are very high and plans are being made by 98% of the clubs to attend.  I anticipate Texas will again be the largest Conference at FFIC with an even bigger representation than 3000!  Probably more like 3500."

Would you like to show your support for Oshkosh? Send your short message to Dileanny Guada, Registration Coordinator.

Welcome New FFIC Staff


The Center for Youth Evangelism welcomes

  • Michelle Mota, Administrative Assistant for the FFIC Nighttime Program.  
  • Eric Hansen, the Indian / First Nation activity honor and exhibit coordinator.

For more information about these and other team members, visit the Camporee Administration page. 

Adventist Risk Management Insurance


Camporee Travel Accident Insurance Now Available!

As Pathfinder Clubs around the world make their travel plans for the 2014 Forever Faithful International Camporee in Oshkosh next summer it is critical to provide travel accident insurance for all Pathfinders and adults in your group.  Adventist Risk Management is pleased to announce special Camporee Travel Accident Insurance is now available for all Pathfinder groups at our website: www.Adventistrisk.org

For 2014 there are two types of Travel Accident Insurance available depending on your Club’s country of residence:

United States based Pathfinder Clubs:

Travel & Camporee – Travel accident coverage round-trip from your departure location to Oshkosh, Wisconsin with an addition of up to seven (7) added travel days for personal deviation in route.  This allows Clubs to include side trips/activities in addition to attending the Forever Faithful Camporee.  Cost: $4.55 per person.   Coverage includes:  $50,000 for accidental medical expense, subject to a $100 deductible.  Accidental dental expenses are $250 per tooth subject to a maximum of $500.  Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefits of $50,000.  Additional benefits may apply – See policy summary listed on the ARM website.

Camporee Only – Accident coverage from Monday, August 11th through Saturday, August 16, 2014 during the Camporee event only at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin site.  Cost:  $2.33 per person.  Coverage includes:  $50,000 for accidental medical expense, subject to a $100 deductible.  Accidental dental expenses are $250 per tooth subject to a maximum of $500.  Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefits of $50,000.  Additional benefits may apply – See policy summary listed on the ARM website.
This insurance is underwritten by the ACE Insurance group with rates and coverage unchanged from the 2009 Courage to Stand International Camporee.  This insurance provides your Pathfinder Club with broader coverage than the standard accident insurance provided for Club activities by your Conference.

International based Pathfinder Clubs:

All Pathfinder Clubs located outside of the United States {including Canada and Bermuda} are unfortunately, not eligible to purchase the ACE travel accident insurance program. International Pathfinder Clubs should purchase ARM’s Short Term Travel Accident Insurance for all Pathfinders and adults traveling with your group.  Several coverage options are available to provide accidental medical/illness expense coverage, emergency evacuation/repatriation and other travel related expenses. Please see the ARM website for a full explanation of coverage options and costs.

To Learn More follow this link --  http://www.adventistrisk.org/Insurance/TravelInsurance.aspx

If you need further assistance please call ARM Customer Care – Toll Free  (888) 951-4276

PAID ADVERTISEMENT - Travel Leaders - Travel Agency


Travel Leaders is looking forward to welcoming the 2014 Pathfinder Camporee “Forever Faithful,” back to our wonderful city.

Our office is once again looking forward to assisting any camporee attendees with group and individual airfare, hotel accommodations & transportation from local airports like Appleton, Green Bay, Milwaukee & Chicago O’Hare. Airfare rates from major airlines will be available for quotes on September 23rd, 2013.

If you are in need of accommodations, transportation or airfare quotes, please visit our website at the link below.


Visitors interested in renting a camper may contact the two companies below for rates and availability.

1) Van Boxtel RV – Toll Free 888-831-5267

Website: http://www.vanboxtelrv.com/rv-rentals.html

2) Appleton Camping Center – Toll Free 800-924-7566

Website: http://www.appletoncamping.com/rentals.php

        Travel Leaders

         Toll Free  -  800-289-3932


**This agency is independent and separate from Forever Faithful International Camporee.

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**This agency is independent and separate from Forever Faithful International Camporee.



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A Thank You to Our FFIC Sposnors


This newsletter has been brought to you by:

Adventist Risk Management, INC 


Andrews University 

Lake Union Conference of Seventh-Day

Ellen White Estate

Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities