Adventist Youth Class Levels


Whether you've been teaching Class Levels for years or this is your first time, you'll love our expanding online resources dedicated to assist you.
NOTE:  The NEW approved Investiture Achievement is available.  While the TERMS (Friend, Companion, etc.) remain the same, the official requirements have changed significantly.  These requirements do NOT coincide with the General Conference requirements!

Many clubs use "Class Levels" as a curriculum to help train pathfinders in a variety of educational, spiritual, and physical areas. For many clubs "Class Levels" forms the "template" or "lesson plan" for the year. Many staff enjoy the structure provided by "Class Levels," since it helps them create a organized plan of fun activities without spending many needless hours in "prep time." Instead, they are able to take the Class Levels framework and let loose their creativity in making the Class Levels exciting and interactive for their pathfinders.

There is some terminology used in Pathfinders to describe Class Levels ranks:

Friend -- Fifth Grade

Companion -- Sixth Grade

Explorer -- Seventh Grade

Ranger -- Eighth Grade

Voyager -- Ninth Grade

Guide -- Tenth Grade

Master Guide -- The top award granted to Pathfinder ministry. This indicates a person's commitment to the ideals of Pathfindering and to the Pathfinder organization and often requires two or more years to complete.

PLA (Pathfinder Leadership Award) -- Continuing Education for Master Guides (depreciated, replaced by AYMT)

PIA (Pathfinder Instructor's Award) -- Continuing Education for Master Guides (depreciated, replaced by AYMT)

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Cokwane the Magnificent, DEVOTIONAL

Elephants can weigh up to 13,000 pounds (5,500 kg). Their noses (trunks) can store up a gallon of water, which they squirt in their mouths for a nice swallow of refreshing drink. Their two upper incisors--tusks--have been known to grow to over 20 feet long. An elephant's heart alone weighs 60 lbs (over 27 kg). 


We had just finished lunch near a pan and were heading out to new adventures. Pans in African grasslands are large shallow depressions in the landscape that collect water during the rainy season, forming small ponds or lakes. Some are large enough to keep water all year round and serve as drinking sources for lots of different animals during the dry season. That makes a pan a very good place to go and watch for all kinds of animals. 


We came to the first "T" on the dusty road, turned left and almost immediately saw Chokwane. He was an elephant, the last of the "Magnificent 7." Later a ranger told us no one ever sees him anymore; he roams the isolated regions of the game park alone and away from all other elephants and humans. He wears a small radio and park staff fear the day the radio stops because poachers found him. 


The "Magnificent 7" have for nearly a century been the proud rulers of the animal world of those regions. They survived many a battle and many a hunter's efforts before the region was set aside as a refuge and they were supposedly safe. However, in recent years poachers had managed to kill all but one--Chokwane.

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