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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

7/21/2019 Director’s Meeting Presentation

Hello Directors and Potomac Pathfinders,

On Sunday, we had a full house at the Vienna SDA church for the last director’s meeting to be held before the Oshkosh International Camporee.  In this post is a PDF of the presentation that was given. A lot of important information was shared the leaders that attended.  Please review so you won’t miss a thing.

Director Meeting 2019

Nesco Lettsome Jr.
Specialty Coordinator for Communications

April 2019 Area Coordinators Communique

Welcome to our Area Coordinator’s Communique

The purpose of this Communique is to
a keep communication between Area
Coordinators and Directors/Staff. This
will be use to educate and as a reminder.

Starting next Pathfinder year (July
2019) we will continue to send this
communique on a regular basic depending
on the needs, also this
Newsletter will be use to inform you
and your club about any updated information
from the conference.

We would love to hear from you on
the challenges and concerns you may
have throughout the year. We will try
to address them.

AC Communique April

Bienvenidos a nuestro Comunicado de los Coordinadores de Área

El propósito de este comunicado
es mantener una comunicación
entre los coordinadores de área y
los directores/personal de apoyo.
Esto lo usaremos para educar y
como recordatorios.

Comenzando el próximo año
(Julio 2019) nosotros seguiremos
enviando este comunicado de
manera regular dependiendo de la
necesidad del mismo. También
será utilizado para mantenerles al
corriente de las noticias mas recientes,
cambios y actualizaciones
de la conferencia.

Nos encantaría escuchar de ustedes,
cuales son sus retos y preocupaciones
a lo largo del año y
haremos todo lo posible por contestarles.


Changes to Pathfinder Fair Schedule

Hello Potomac Pathfinders,

The schedule has changed due to the presence of rain throughout the morning.

  • Drill down occupy the morning activities and will begin after opening  Ceremonies.
  • Activities will not begin before lunch.
  • Our initial plan was to keep all honors indoors in case of rain.
    • This will continue as scheduled.
  • After our scheduled lunch break, Indoor Honors and outdoor Activities will begin.