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Local church adds new Adventurers, Pathfinders

August 30, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Seventh Day Adventist Church in North Fort Myers held a huge scouting event on Saturday.

The church was packed as it hosted the swearing in of new leadership, as well as initiating new teachers, Pathfinders and Adventurers to their group.

There was a full five rows of both groups and their leaders in the front pews during the 90-minute ceremony that also featured song, prayer and highlights from their trip to Osh Kosh, Wis., in a program that was mostly performed in Spanish.

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The Adventurer and Pathfinder scouts and teams during a ceremony at the Fort Myers Seventh Day Adventist Church on Saturday.

Pathfinders and Adventurers is a program very similar to the Boy and Girl Scouts, except it is faith-based and the boys and girls tend to serve together as they rise from Adventurers (ages 4 through 9) to Pathfinders (ages 10-17) and can remain active past that as counselors, teachers or directors.

Dina Rosario, Adventurer director, and her husband, Suriel, who directs the Pathfinders, say the idea was to have a scouting program for their denomination, even though it is open to everyone.

"We have certain curriculum they have to follow through. They get a sash and badges for hiking or swimming, community service and they can go all the way up to Master Guide," Suriel said, adding that the two groups are as large as they have ever been and should continue to grow.

"They learn civic responsibility. We stress feeding the poor and helping the homeless. It's not only giving back, but also the religious aspect of fearing God, staying faithful and following the 10 Commandments," Suriel said.

Their daughter, Mia, 10, a first-year Pathfinder, said she loves how she gets to help people.

"I think it's awesome because you get to learn and help a lot," Mia said, who was an Adventurer for as long as she can remember and begins her first year as a Pathfinder.

"We've grown up with Pathfinders and find that it's a good way to keep them on-track and disciplined," Dina said. "It's emotional to see her go from Adventurer to Pathfinder."

Bryan Rodriguez, 6, was named Adventurer of the Year and, by looking at his sash filled with badges, it's easy to see why.

He has faith.

"I love to pray to God and I feel like he knows my name and that I can speak with him," Bryan said. "He gives me my power and helps me grow."

Oscar Mejia, 13, of Cape Coral, got into it three years ago because his parents made him do it.

"I'm glad they did. It's awesome. I love going camping and we went to the Camporee, which was great," Mejia said. "They had fireworks and everything."

The Adventurers was started in 1972 by the Seventh Day Adventist Church as a way to start a program for children age 9 and under to go along with the Pathfinders, which has been in existence since the early part of the 20th Century.

The groups nationally meet annually for their Camporee, and every five years there is an international Camporee in Osh Kosh, Wisc., which happened just last week with more than 56,000 Pathfinders.

The church is at 701 Camelia Drive in North Fort Myers.



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