AMMANFORD PATHFINDERS GO CAMPING 'UNDER-NEATH'
Assistant Club Director Aaron Wilson instructs in the art of wood chopping
5th June 2016
From Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June 2016, the newly formed Ammanford Pathfinder Club spent the end of the half-term break camping at the area Scout Club facility in Cadoxton, near Neath in South Wales. Ammanford is the latest Pathfinder Club to start in the Welsh Mission and owes its existence to the hard work and perseverance of a few key individuals, notably Club Director Mike McClymont. Counting all of the Pathfinders, Adventurers and counsellors present at the camp, a total of forty-five people took part in the event – which for many was their first experience of Pathfinder camping.
The theme for the weekend was "Equipping Today's Youth", which Club Chaplain Michael Jonas used to emphasise the importance of God's word as a guide to young people in every aspect of their lives. Further equipping took place as the young people were taught camping skills, such as trail safety and procedures, identifying plants and trees during a Sabbath nature walk, and campfire cooking. It was during the cooking session that Welsh Mission President Pastor John Surridge paid a surprise visit. He was impressed with the amount of organisation and logistical work which had gone into preparing for the weekend, and also with the spiritual atmosphere which pervaded the camp. "Although I was only there for the outdoor cooking session," he said, "I could tell that these young people had been grounded in scriptural principles. Leaders and young people alike could be heard making Bible references as they went about their work. It was all fun and good humoured of course, but showed that they saw a connection between God's word and everyday activities."
Admittedly helped by superb weather, the camping weekend had a profound effect on all those who attended. There is no doubt that it will lead to further camps and an expansion of the Pathfinder programme, both in Ammanford and across the Welsh Mission.