Candles an Insurance Issue?

Especially during Induction and Investiture, clubs around the North American Division often use candles to signify the "Spirit of Pathfinders" or "Spirit of Adventurers," the class levels (Adventurers / Pathfinders), and even to represent each of the new inductees into the club ministry.

However, recently, many churches and therefore clubs have moved to electric lights or other versions of symbolism to avoid the potential risks they see as part of flame inside the facility.  So, the question is, does Adventist Risk Management (ARM) allow candles, suggest other alternatives, or ban open flame within church-owned facilities?


David Fournier, the Regional Manager for ARM North America states:

While candles are not excluded from the insurance policy provided by Adventist Risk Management, Inc. we do take their use seriously as there is significant risk. Any activity involving fire represents a danger that is fast moving and can result in catastrophic damage and personal injury.


Also it should be noted that the authority in your local jurisdiction (likely the fire marshal) has final say on whether candles would be allowed as per the NFPA Life Safety code. You will want to check with the local authority. (Download -  important prevention document here)


In summary:

  1. ARM strongly cautions the use of candles in church-owned/rented facilities because of the high potential for loss
  2. The local Fire Authority (Fire Marshall) is the final word on whether the candles would even be allowed.  

So, are there other options that work well and avoid the catastrophic potential of open flame?  Yes there are.

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Meaning of the Pathfinder Club Emblem

Red (Sacrifice)

  • Reminds us of Christ. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • "Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God" (Rom. 12: 1).

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Philosophy & Objectives

Pathfinder Philosophy

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 twelve 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.

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What About Pathfinders?

It seems that every August and parts of September, our churches start anew with a bundle of activities. Summer is over and school is starting. Brand new dreams, brand new ideas for the year and it seems that in the church, children’s and youth ministries start anew also. With all that activity going on, parents seem overwhelmed as to what to choose for their children. There are many plans for activities and in those activities you have Club ministries: Adventurers, Pathfinders and Master Guides! 

Many of you know about two of these ministries, which are targeted towards children and youth from ages 4 through high school. Master Guide ministry is recently nascent in North America, but is growing. These ministries are a staple in many churches and some churches exist because of the life that these ministries bring into them. Yes, they bring life into the church…let me explain: 


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