Photo by Loren Nelson III
Photo by Loren Nelson III

Pathfinders is a youth education ministry founded in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the late 1920s. Since its inception Pathfinders has grown into a global ministry comprised of nearly two million participants. Pathfinders is built on the premise that "children learn best by example, rather than precept." As they see leaders and parents model spiritual and social values, they too will aspire to develop high moral principles, loving and caring attitudes, and determination to excel in all their various pursuits.


The Dakota Conference is committed to the continued physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people in part through the ministry of Pathfinders. To be a part of Pathfinders contact Richard Ray at or call 410.596.6471.


Pathfinder Club Director - pdf, Job Description

Letter and Instructions from Pathfinder Director

Events Calendar


Dakota Conference Pathfinder Clubs:

  Grand Fork Bison Manfred - Prairie Winds
Cleveland - Prairie Trails Grassy Butte - True North Watertown Ravens
Fargo Falcons Jamestown Buffalo Williston Warriors


Pathfinder Events:

Bible Experience International Camporee
Leadership Training Honors Fair
Pinewood Derby Dakota Conference Camporee


Pathfinder Programming:

Excellence Award Yearly Registration Papers - pdf Pathfinder Monthly Report Form
Induction Ceremonies Club Annual Application Form - A Pathfinder Monthly Report Form - pdf
Investiture Ceremonies Staff Annual Registration Form - B

Staff/Volunteer Application Form

  Annual Membership List Form - C