Adventist Youth Class Levels
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.
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
PIA (Pathfinder Instructor's Award) -- Continuing Education for Master Guides
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.