Happy New Year 2012
2011 - 2012 Berean Eagles
The Pathfinder organization started with an idea from a 17 & 15 years old youth whose desire was to have something like the boy scouts in the church. With this idea grew into a co-ed worldwide organization with over 2 million members today between the ages of 10 to 16. Pathfinders is open to non-religious and religious youth which is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist church. The curriculum is design for each age group that involves camping/camping surival, leadership training, community pride & involvement, vocational development, art & crafts, sports, relationship with Christ and so much more. Pathfinder organization is over 50 years old of fun, character building and leadership training activities. Come and join our pathfinder club which starts again in August and runs to May each year.
Berean Eagles History
Now to give you some background on our pathfinder club. Berean Eagles Pathfinder club goes way back in the 1960s. I restarted the club back in 1999 - 2000 pathfinder year after a year of hiatus with a membership of 12. We started learning about camping, marching and drilling, God's nature and having fun. Pastor Anthony Kelly (former Lake Region Conference Youth Director) wanted to start a drum corps camp for pathfinders. The first drum corps camp (1999) started with 5 young people in which one of them was my son; interest grew in the folllowing years with increase of people attending the camp. This is where our involvement in drum corps took off in our club. We adopted drum corps into our pathfinder curriculum with 6 of the 12 interested in drumming. These youth at the age of 9 to 13 constantly practiced and practiced the rudiments (drum music) until they perfected their craft. This drum corp ministry has opened up so many avenues of development, pride and leadership which has expanded their ideas to what they can achieve in life. Their first real performance came on a cold, wintry Martin Luther King Day walk outside in January 2000 in South Bend, IN and it has not stopped yet. We have played for churches, youth congresses & federations, pathfinders fairs & camporees, diabetes walks, parades and much more events. Also, in 2004, Berean Eagles Drum Corps was called by Lake Region Conference Youth Department to play in the opening night of the "Faith On Fire" International Camporee held in Oshkosh, WI. There were clubs from all over the U.S. plus many countries around the globe that totalled over 33,000. Our pathfinders and drum corps has traveled to cities in Michigan like Detroit, Benton Harbor, Cassopolis, Berrien Springs, and Indiana cities like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Mishawaka, Merrilleville, also Chicago, IL, Oskosh,WI and Atlanta, GA. The Lord has blessed us through the years and our numbers continue to increase plus our need for more drums.
Director Herb Henley Jr.
Pathfinders has 6 Classes:
FRIEND COMPANION EXPLORER RANGER VOYAGER GUIDE
3 Leadership Classes:
TEEN Leadership Training Master Guide Pathfinder Leadership Award(PLA)
Pathfinder Instructor Award(PIA)
December 23, 2011
Berean Eagles Pathfinder & Drum Corps received a call from the Mayor's office in Aprill 2011, to ask if we were interested in helping to represent South Bend, IN in a competition of US cities. We were honored and pleased to be asked and we gladly accepted. The "ALL AMERICA CITY AWARD" competition is governed by the National Civic League www.ncl.org, who gives out this award every year to the "Top 10" cities. Cities are invited to the competition according to their written and video presentation sent in prior to selection. Based on these submitted presentations, 26 US cities are selected to make their formal presentations in the actual competition. This year, 2011, it was held in Kansas City, Missouri where 26 cities gathered together from around the United States of America. We, Berean Eagles, were among a 70 people delegation sent down from South Bend, IN to Kansas City. Two years prior to this event, South Bend, IN went to the competition and fell short getting the award. However, this year not only did South Bend, IN win the award, we also were one of the two cities that received all the votes from the judges. To be a good witness even in competition is a praise to our God, who works in us. Many of the cities we met asked our Youth, Pathfinders & 212 groups to be a part of their cities. What a witness and testimony!!!! "PRAISE GOD FOR HIS WONDERFUL WORKS IN OUR CLUB!!!!" Click the Video URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W5AmnCWWMcs or City of
South Bend, IN website and the video on the right side corner. www.southbendin.gov