Training and saving young people is one of the most important missions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Scientists tell us that children's brain patterns are formed by the time they reach 12 years of age. This means that during their early, formative years, it is crucial that they be taught good habits. Centuries ago, the Scriptures recorded, "Bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). This is more than a cliche — it is now a proven fact.
The church must accept an increased responsibility in influencing the child for Christ because of the breakdown of social structures. Within the Adventist church, the divorce rate is no different from the general public. In one out of every five Adventist homes, the spouse is not an Adventist. This means that in those families, there is only one parent to provide the encouragement and incentive needed to lead the children to Christ. Even in two-parent homes, both parents often work away from home, spending little time with the children. This reduces the effectiveness of the home influence and adds to the responsibilities of the church.
Only about 50 percent of Adventist children in grades 1-8 are attending church school, and in some conferences, the percentage is less. The church is challenged to nurture these children from Adventist homes who are attending public school. Pathfindering has the potential to meet their needs.
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 higher standard of physical fitness.
Keep a level eye
I will not lie, cheat or deceive, and I will despise dirty talk or evil thinking.
Be courteous and obedient
I will be kind and thoughtful of others, reflecting the love of Jesus in all my association 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 as sunshine to others.
By the grace of God
Only as we rely on God to help us can we do His will.
I will be pure
I will fill my mind with everything that is right and true and spend my time in activities that will build a strong, clean character.
I will be kind
I will be considerate and kind, not only to my fellow.
I will be true
I will be honest and upright in study, work and play and can always be counted upon to do my very best.
I will keep the Pathfinder Law
I will seek to understand the meaning of the Law and will strive to live up to its spirit, realizing that obedience to law is essential to any organization.
I will be a servant to God
I will pledge myself to serve God first, last and best in everything I am called upon to be or do.
I will be a friend to man
I will live to bless others and do unto them as I would have them do unto me.