Pathfinders The Basics

Basics

Policy Change for Pathfinder Entry Requirement

For some time, the entry policy for a young person to join Pathfinders said that they should be in fifth grade or higher to start. As of 2013 the Pathfinder Advisory has changed that requirement to reflect the changing nature of our society and its needs. 

Read more: Policy Change for Pathfinder Entry Requirement

Master Guide Uniform

Many have wondered the North America opinion on Master Guide Uniforms is.  Here, NAD Pathfinder Ministries Volunteer Coordinator, Glen Milam, illuminates us on several related Pathfinder Master Guide uniform topics. This information does not address issues of Adventurer Master Guides or nonspecific Master Guides.

"According to current NAD Pathfinder uniform policy, if you have earned the Master Guide Class there are several items that you can wear on your dress uniform. I have listed them below:

1) The MG pin on the flap of your left chest pocket  where the class level pins go.
2) The MG name stripe over the top of the left chest pocket.
3a) The MG star patch on your left sleeve below the world patch.
3b) The MG star with six class chevrons on your left sleeve below the world patch, if you have also earned all six of the Investiture Achievement levels.
4) The yellow Pathfinder MG scarf with red edging, class level stripe and either the printed MG logo on the back or the embroidered MG logo on the back. (Unlike the chevrons which must be earned, tradition holds that the ribbon does not indicate that the MG has necessarily earned the levels, but instead is authorized to lead/teach them.) A number of people sew the large MG logo patch over the printed logo on the scarf.
5) Optional: A beret with the MG patch "flash" on the front over your left eye.

 

A number of conferences have other polices, some in addition to the division, some counter to division policy. Since you wear your uniform primarily at local and conference events, its seems logical to match their stated style. In a year or two, at constituent request, the division will be issuing clearer guidelines on uniforms, sanctioned variations and additions, and prohibited changes. (An example of a prohibited change is that the MG Logo belongs to the GC and its divisions. An individual, club, conference or union does not have the legal right to alter that logo. They can come up with a completely different one, but if they alter the current one by changing color or adding stars or making stars into… then they are violating the copyright of the GC.)

 

Some conferences have shoulder cords for Master Guides. Some have other patches and locations. In general, these should be additions to the NAD policy, not replacements or substitutes.

 

On a related but slightly different topic, NAD authorizes four different uniforms for Pathfinder Master Guides. 

 

1) Black skirt or pants with tan shirt
2) Black skirt or pants with tan shirt and black uniform jacket (style has not been set, but it should be a uniform jacket, not a suit jacket)
3) Green skirt or pants with tan shirt
4) Green skirt or pants with tan shirt and green uniform jacket. (Much of the world uses a four bottom, long uniform coat, but some areas, including much of Pacific Union and North Pacific Union in NAD use short buttoned or zippered green jackets as well. These are often called "Ike Jackets" and are similar in style to the jackets that national park rangers wear.)

 

Some conferences set the style, many leave it up to the individual. Most do NOT require a jacket, but encourage it. Cost and sizing can be a real issue for many volunteers. You would need to check with your conference for details."

 

Pathfinder Pledge & Law

The Pathfinder Pledge & Law is an important part of Pathfinders. Thousands of Pathfinders each year learn and choose to abide by the requirements of the Pathfinder Pledge and Law for the sole purpose of growing closer to their fellow men and women, and to their Creator.

Pathfinder Pledge and Law:

By the grace of God, I will be pure, and kind, and true. I will keep the Pathfinder Law. I will be a servant of God and a friend to man.

The Law is for me to:
Keep the morning watch
Do my honest part
Care for my body,
Keep a level eye
Be courteous and obedient
Walk softly in the sanctuary,
Keep a song in my heart,
Go on God's errand.

Explanation -- Pathfinder Pledge

Read more: Pathfinder Pledge & Law

Pathfinder Song

Oh, we are the Pathfinders strong,
The servants of God are we.
Faithful as we march along,
In kindness, truth, and purity
A Message to tell to the world,
A truth that will set us free!
King Jesus the Savior's coming back
For you, and me!

Oh We Are the Pathfinders Strong Sheet Music with Guitar Chords

Uniform

What is the official NAD Pathfinder Uniform? Where do all the patches go? Am I supposed to have a green or black sash? These questions and more are answered here!

General Conference Pathfinder Uniform Specifications

NAD Pathfinder Uniform (PDF) -- Official placement of Pathfinder insignia, apparel, and accessories.  Please read clarifications below for UPDATED/MORE DETAILED guidelines than present in this PDF.

NAD Master Guide Uniform - Official information for Master Guides

 

Pathfinder Uniform Colors / Pictures -- The basic descriptions of the parts of the Pathfinder Uniform (along with appropriate colors), along with a picture that helps you see how the uniform should look when worn.

Pathfinders Uniform

 

Colors

The official colors for the NAD Pathfinder Unform are:

Shirt/Blouse - Khaki (Suntan)

Pants / Skirt -- Black

Socks -- Black

Shoes -- Black or Brown

Sash - Black, with length no longer than the tip of the fingers on the left hand

Neck tie -- Black (available from Adventsource)
Is available for both men and women. This is part of the adult Class "A" uniform.

 

NAD Pathfinder Uniform (PDF) -- Official placement of Pathfinder insignia, apparel, and accessories

 

Pathfinder Bottoms(slacks, skirts, pants, shorts, kulots....)

 Authority

The NAD Class A Uniform Policy, relating to the “lower half” of the uniform, authorizes the recognized local conference Pathfinder leadership organization to determine the exact style approved for use in their conference. Conferences also have the right to delegate this authority to their local clubs, allowing each club to set its own policy based on their needs. It should be noted that often females are given the personal choice of slacks or skirts based on their own personal belief as to what is appropriate wear, especially in a church sanctuary.  

 

 

Females

Authorized (Stocked by AdventSource)

  • Slacks* – Black, straight leg, pleated front, belt loops, no cuff
  • Skirt – Black, A-line, pleated front, belt loops 

(No length set, but typically the hem should at or just below the knee)

 

Other authorized styles (Consistent in conference or club as noted above.)

 

  • Slacks* – Black, straight leg, flat front, belt loops, no cuff
  • Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, pleated front, belt loops
  • Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, flat front, belt loops
  • Skort – Black, belt loops (no length or other details set)
  • Culottes – Black, belt loops (no length or other details set)

 

Males

Authorized (Stocked by AdventSource)

  •  Slacks* – Black, straight leg, pleated front, belt loops, no cuff

Other authorized styles (Consistent in conference or club as noted above.)

 

  •  Slacks* – Black, straight leg, flat front, belt loops, no cuff 
  •  Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, pleated front, belt loops
  •  Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, flat front, belt loops

 

*These items were not included in the vote, but logically follow and have been part of many discussions since the vote. 

  •  Slacks have internal pockets, so this precludes jeans, cargo pants and BDU’s. 
  •  Modesty precludes leggings, yoga pants, and other tight fitting clothing. 
  •  Athletic pants and sweatpants are not slacks. 
  •  Color Guards or other distinctive groups might choose to use BDU’s or some other (kilt, sarong, etc.) style as approved by the appropriate leadership.
  •  PBE policy states that at Union and Division level PBE events, adherence to the team’s home conference Class A uniform policy satisfies the PBE uniform requirement. 
  •  Drill events have their own set of uniform rules. Check with the event officials to make sure you are in compliance. 

 

Pathfinder Uniform Supplier

Pathfinder Apparel can be ordered from Adventsource.

 

History of the Pathfinder Uniform

See article

Pledge to the Flag & the Bible

Pathfinders are Christians and as such, wish to declare their support of the symbols and substance of their faith. Often, at Pathfinder Sabbaths, Inductions, and Investitures, a portion of the program is dedicated to declaring their allegience to God through the reciting aloud of the Pledge to the Christian Flag and to the Bible.

Pledge to the Christian Flag:

I pledge Allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands, one brotherhood uniting all mankind in service and love.

Pledge to the Bible:

I pledge to the Bible God's Holy word, and will take it as a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and hide it's words in my heart that I may not sin against God.

Aim & Motto

 

 

Aim: The Advent Message to All the World in My Generation

Explanation:  My relationship to Jesus Christ is of such a nature that it compels me to share with any who will receive it, the gospel—the good news of His soon return.

 

Motto: The Love of Christ Compels Me

Explanation: I am drawn to Him by His exemplary life, the symbolic act of His crucifixion, His conquering resurrection, and His promise of an earth made new in the pattern of the original creation.  The closer I find myself to Him, the closer I find myself identifying with the needs of my fellow human beings.

 

 

 

Uniform Policy History

We have recently received a number of questions about the NAD policy on Pathfinder Class A uniform pants, skirts etc. The current edition of the Pathfinder Staff Manual (2007 edition, page 44 & 45) and the uniform section on the NAD Pathfinder website (http://www.pathfindersonline.org/uniform) show different standards. The website covers the full range of options as voted by the NAD Pathfinder Committee in February of 2000 (Action PA 2000.19). We are sorry to say that the Pathfinder Staff Manual information on the subject is not complete. 

Read more: Uniform Policy History

Uniform Policy 2014 Clarification

The current Pathfinder Uniform policy:

 Authority

The NAD Class A Uniform Policy, relating to the “lower half” of the uniform, authorizes the recognized local conference Pathfinder leadership organization to determine the exact style approved for use in their conference. Conferences also have the right to delegate this authority to their local clubs, allowing each club to set its own policy based on their needs. It should be noted that often females are given the personal choice of slacks or skirts based on their own personal belief as to what is appropriate wear, especially in a church sanctuary. 

 

Females

Authorized (Stocked by AdventSource)

  • Slacks* – Black, straight leg, pleated front, belt loops, no cuff
  • Skirt – Black, A-line, pleated front, belt loops 

(No length set, but typically the hem should at or just below the knee)

 

Other authorized styles (Consistent in conference or club as noted above.)

 

  • Slacks* – Black, straight leg, flat front, belt loops, no cuff
  • Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, pleated front, belt loops
  • Shorts – Black, Bermuda style and length, flat front, belt loops
  • Skort – Black, belt loops (no length or other details set)
  • Culottes – Black, belt loops (no length or other details set)

 

Read more: Uniform Policy 2014 Clarification