While planning their club activities in early 2013, 4ever Faithful Pathfinder Club – Dubai, decided to invite Pr. Jonathan Tejel, then General Conference Pathfinder Director, to Dubai to be a guest in their retreat and officiate in their club investiture for the following year, 2014. When the Club Director, MG. Rina May Dungca shared the idea with Pr. Noel Nadado, who was then the Gulf Field Youth Director, Pr. Nadado was very excited and proposed to the Dubai Club to consider a larger audience for the GC Pathfinder Director.
The Dubai Club agreed and the idea of organizing the first Gulf Field Pathfinder Camporee was born. Pr. Nadado, MG Dungca and many others worked diligently to prepare for the event.
During the Gulf Field triennial Session, held June 5-7, 2014 in Ras Al Khaimah, the Field decided to expand the Youth work by creating a separate Pathfinder Ministries. Gureni and Lynn Lukwaro were elected to be the first Gulf Field Pathfinder Directors and they joined the efforts of organizing the camporee as it would now fall under Pathfinder Ministries.
The Lord blessed the plans and the efforts and as a result, Gulf Field held its very first Pathfinder Camporee at Sharjah Scout Mission from Thursday Night, November 27, 2014 until Sabbath evening, November 29, 2014, with Pr. Noel Nadado as Camporee Director.
Over 200 Pathfinders, Master-Guides-in-Training and their leaders gathered at the desert Camporee grounds for a weekend full of fun, activities, fellowship and worship.
Pr. Jonatán Tejel Subirada, the seventh Pathfinder Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church was the Camporee guest speaker and he BLESSED the campers with inspiring messages using powerful illustration which made the messages alive and memorable.
The Camporee, which was themed “Call to SERVE, Train to LEAD,” saw over 150 Adventurers, Pathfinders and Master Guides receiving various certificates, awards, honors, class pins and ribbons for those who completed advanced requirements, during the investiture ceremony held on the Camporee Sabbath afternoon. The region was also BLESSED to see 16 individuals invested to become Master Guides of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This was a great achievement for the region as these were added into the workforce of leaders to help the regions young people find their path to the Lord.
Following on the success of the first Camporee, Pathfinder Club Leaders from across Gulf Field decided unanimously to continue to hold Gulf Field-wide camporees every three years. With this decision, the second camporee was scheduled to be held in 2017 and preparations got underway.
Almost three years after the first camporee, over 270 Pathfinders and their leaders came together to attend the 2nd Gulf Field International Pathfinder Camporee which was held at the Sharjah Scout Mission campgrounds in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, February 23-25, 2017.
Pr. Alan Hush, Executive Secretary for North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists alongside Pr. Ikwisa Mwasumbi, Pathfinder Director for the North England Conference (NEC) were the main speakers for the Camporee.
The speakers delivered inspiring messages every morning and night which led to about 20 souls giving their lives to the Lord for baptism during the altar call made by Pr. Hush during the Sabbath message. Pr. Hush gave a special message and offered a special prayer for the Gulf Field teens who are faced with immense challenges and encouraged them to remain faithful to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Three candidates were invested with Pathfinder Leadership Award (PLA) during the three-day Bedouin-Style desert Camporee.