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It Starts With Me

Right now, much planning is going into our first virtual camporee here in Potomac Conference. We are looking forward to giving you more information as it becomes available.  The Theme and Title for the Camporee has been chosen. “It Starts With Me ” is the title for our virtual camporee.

It seems like life in our world has become more complicated and filled with enormous challenges.  When we hear the reports that tell us  there are more people in need and few willing to meet those needs. Our God empowers us as His children with the ability to see those needs and courage to act, but many are waiting and watching to see who will be the first to act.

It Starts With Me is an anthem to act! To begin the journey to serve where you are and when there is a need!

In the book, Education page 270.4, we are reminded that, “All who engage in ministry are God’s helping hand. They are co-workers with the angels; rather, they are the human agencies through whom the angels accomplish their mission. Angels speak through their voices, and work by their hands. And the human workers, co-operating with heavenly agencies, have the benefit of their education and experience.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

May God continue work in and through us all!

Remain Pathfinder Strong, and stay tuned to more updates!



Chris Walker’s Memorial

 Hello everyone,

Chris Walker’s Memorial will be broadcasted live from his Facebook account on Sunday August 9th. Please join us here at 4pm eastern time.

YouTube Broadcast
This is the link to the YouTube channel where the memorial will also be livestreamed. Please share with anyone who is not friends with Chris on facebook or does not have access to facebook

They might be testing the livestream equipment, so you might see the video start before then.

Here is the link to The YouTube tribute to Chris  I hope you enjoy it.

Posted on Facebook by Martha Kigernelson.

Christopher Alexander Walker was an amazing person whom many people loved and considered a close friend. Despite serious struggles with Sickle Cell Disease, he accomplished a great deal in his too-short life. His academic successes were impressive, but eclipsed by his achievements in youth ministry. His service to youth was as integral to him as breathing. He was a person who radiated joy and humor and warmth. He also understood the challenges of young people and knew how to connect with and support teens. He loved people and kept in touch with so many who needed that connection. He perceived needs and found ways to meet them, often putting people together with others who had the needed skills or resources. He chose to be joyful and grateful every day despite chronic and often severe pain. His faith was his foundation and he showed the world what the love of Jesus looks like in person. His influence will live on in those who were fortunate to share his life.

Potomac Pathfinders second Director’s Meeting

Moving Forward

We are grateful for the presentations that were made by each of the club directors.  Each demonstrated why Potomac Pathfinders is an effective and essential ministry at every level in Potomac Conference.  Our meeting was very productive, and we learned that we are all stronger when we press together, share information, and prayerfully seek God’s direction at every step in this ministry.  We learned that we have all found the Covid-19 environment very challenging to adjust to. We also learned:

  • that personalizing our approach to staff gives them the encouragement they need to move forward with us.
  • Making personal connections with our pathfinders increases they desire to continue because they have an increase sence of belonging.
  • This new environment constantly forces us to re-focus on the original intent of our club ministry.
  • We can maintain the health and safety of our club members and staff as we explore new creative ways to meet our required elements in the Pathfinder program.

As they become available, I will post the materials each presenter has shared as a resource to use in your ministry.


Agradecemos las presentaciones realizadas por cada uno de los directores del club. Cada uno demostró por qué Potomac Conquestadores es un ministerio eficaz y esencial en todos los niveles de la Conferencia Potomac. Nuestra reunión fue muy productiva, y aprendimos que todos somos más fuertes cuando nos unimos, compartimos información y buscamos en oración la dirección de Dios en cada paso de este ministerio. Aprendimos que a todos nos ha parecido muy difícil adaptarse al entorno Covid-19. También aprendimos:

  • que personalizar nuestro enfoque hacia el personal les da el aliento que necesitan para seguir adelante con nosotros.
  • Hacer conexiones personales con nuestros pioneros aumenta su deseo de continuar porque tienen un mayor sentido de pertenencia.
  • Este nuevo entorno nos obliga constantemente a reenfocarnos en la intención original del ministerio de nuestro club.
  • Podemos mantener la salud y la seguridad de los miembros y el personal de nuestro club a medida que exploramos nuevas formas creativas de cumplir con nuestros elementos requeridos en el programa Conquestadores.

A medida que estén disponibles, publicaré los materiales que cada presentador ha compartido como recurso para usar en su ministerio.

This is a presentation that was shared by the Olney Musketeers director, Andrew Herolds.

Esta es una presentación que fue compartida por el director de Olney Musketeers, Andrew Herolds.

The Presentation link

Nutrition Honor


Scantuary Presentation

Christian Citizenship

Cultural Heritage Honor with Pastor Christian Martin

Cultural Heritage Honor

Living Hope Messengers Pathfinder Club hosted a Facebook Live event  on Sabbath, May 23 at 4 PM.  The Honor was taught by Pastor Christian Martin live on their Facebook page:

Click on the embedded YouTube video  below.

This is an opportunity for all interested Pathfinders and staff members to  earn the Cultural Heritage Honor by watching the presentation, filling out the attached sheet below and submitting it to your club directors to receive your patch.


Cultural Heritage LHM

Urgent Message from the Columbia Union Conference

Dear Conference Youth Directors and Pathfinder Leaders,


Your Columbia Union Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) planning team has been closely monitoring the rapidly developing Coronavirus threat.  We are attempting to strike a balance between responding diligently and not overreacting to the situation.  We are considering alternative models to our traditional PBE event. However, it has become increasingly clear to us the necessity of postponing our PBE event. Thus, there will be no Union level PBE event held on March 21.

We will continue to closely watch how the virus continues to spread and evaluate its impact on our churches and communities.  In early April, we will reassess the feasibility of rescheduling this event.

I thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to responsibly respond to this crisis.  Please understand that our priority has been and always will be the safety and wellbeing of our Pathfinders.

I would like to express my personal appreciation to Sherilyn O’Ffill, our union PBE coordinator, and our planning team for their quick action and due diligence to this very fluid situation.


Frank Bondurant

Vice President, Ministries Development



Tel. (410) 997-3414, ext. 560

5427 Twin Knolls Road

Columbia, MD 21045

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Scout and Family Day!

URGENT!  To be sent out to all Pathfinder Groups in the area:


Suggested Wear:  Potomac Conference Pathfinder Shirt



Please join us from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on SUNDAY, 23 February at the National Museum of the Marine Corps for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Scout and Family Day!


On 23 February 1945, AP photographer Joseph Rosenthal captured an image of six Marines raising an American Flag that became the inspiration behind our museum as well as an icon of the Marine Corps. In addition to commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima, we will also be paying tribute to the incredibly important work of War Correspondents.

Participants from various scouting organizations (Scouts, BSA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life, USA, Pathfinders, and Royal Rangers) can work towards or earn a journalism badge based on their organization’s requirements!

Journalism Honor Worksheet found here!

Registration is required, please email with what badges you will be working towards and the number of participants.


For more information about the entire weekend’s commemorative events, please visit:


We hope to see you there!




Laura Hockensmith

Chief of Education


National Museum of the Marine Corps

18900 Jefferson Davis Highway

Triangle, VA 22172

TENTATIVE Master Guide Schedule for 2020

Upcoming Training Opportunities


Location: TBD

Note: Classes listed below are tentative and subject to change.

Email from Potomac Conference will be sent out prior to each date confirming classes, date, time, and location


Master Guide*



Jan 18, 2020

MGSK 003 – Communication Theory & Listening SkillsKnowing Your TemperamentDealing with Attitude
MGSK 004 – Practical Communication PracticesFinding Your Purpose
Conflict Resolution

April 18, 2020

MGSK 002 – Vision, Mission, & MotivationPre-adolescent growth patterns & What makes adolescents tickUsing your Influence
Drilling & MarchingDiscipleship through mentoring

May 16, 2020

Drill Instructor Training (AYMT)Understanding discipline, effective discipline & Christian disciplineUnderstanding Temperaments
MGSK 005 – Understanding Teaching & Learning Styles

July 18, 2020

MGSK 006 – Creativity & ResourcesFamily violence, AIDS, child abuse, violence prevention, teen drug use, tobacco and your heart, alcohol, etc.Effective meeting procedures
MGSK 007 – How to prepare creative worships

*Master Guide classes will be managed by Area Coordinators and offered in Spanish and English, 6 times per year

ΔPLA classes – the goal is to offer in both Spanish and English but this will be determined on a class by class basis

PIA classes will be offered in English only

Conference PF Leadership Training Day

  • Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
  • Classes will be taught from the following AYMT Certification tracks:
    • Basic Staff Training (BST) (English & Spanish)
    • Director Staff Training Certification (English & Spanish)
    • Leadership Certification
    • Staff Leadership Certification

Transportation Issues – Oshkosh

This message is in English and Spanish.


This is to make sure that you are planning to have at least one vehicle at Chosen Camporee that can be parked in the outside parking lots and driven off campus.

There are several reasons this is necessary:
1 – You will need to pick up your food at area grocery stores, Costco, etc.  There are no grocery deliveries to campsites during camporee.

2 – You may need to take someone to urgent care or the emergency room.  If someone gets transported in an ambulance, you will need to have a vehicle to get a club representative to the hospital.

3 – The weather may change and you may need to go out into town to purchase tarps or other emergency supplies which you did not bring with you.

If you cannot have a vehicle yourselves, please coordinate with another club that does have transportation which can be driven off site BEFORE you arrive in Oshkosh.

Also, please be reminded that the majority of your food needs to be picked up and at the camp by 7pm on Tuesday because that is when the gates close

Pastor Sherilyn O’Ffill


Este mensaje es para asegurarnos de que usted está planificando tener por lo menos un vehículo que se estacionara fuera del Camporee Chosen para poder moverse fuera del campamento.

Hay varias razones por la cual esto será necesario:

  1. Necesitará ir a recoger la comida en los supermercados, Costco, etc…  No habrá ningún tipo de entrega a domicilio mientras usted este en el Camporee Chosen.
  2. Puede ser que necesite llevar a alguien a la sala de emergencia de un hospital.  Si alguien es trasladado en ambulancia, usted necesitara un vehículo para que el representante del club llegue al hospital.
  3. El clima puede cambiar y usted puede tener la necesidad de llegar hasta la cuidad y las tiendas para conseguir carpas u otros artículos de emergencia que quizás no tenga consigo.

Si usted no puede tener un vehículo para su uso, por favor coordine ANTES de llegar a Oshkosh con otro club que tenga un vehículo en las afueras del área del camporee para que usted pueda utilizar ese vehículo en caso de que sea necesario.

También, recuerde que la mayoría de la comida necesita ser recogida y estar en el campamento antes de las 7pm el martes porque es cuando las puertas/portones del campamento cerraran.

Pastor Sherilyn O'Ffill
Associate Director, Youth Department
of Seventh-day Adventists
606 Greenville Avenue | Staunton, VA 24401
office 540-886-0771 mobile 707-812-3921