Brazil: More Than 2,000 Pathfinders Participate in Online Camporee
ne of the most important programs for Pathfinders in many regions throughout the world is the camporee—an event in which Pathfinders demonstrate their skills in various areas, participate in specific tests, strengthen their faith through topical Bible study, and increase their circle of friendships by meeting youth from other clubs. But recently, in São Paulo, Brazil, more than 2,000 youth from 75 different Pathfinder Clubs participated in a new approach to the Pathfinder experience—an “online camporee.”
Online Camporee is an innovative project that connects the clubs through tests developed on computers, and it’s been a hit.
RADICAL CHANGES: Online Camporee is a hit with Pathfinders in Brazil.
"“I like to go camping, sleeping in a tent, participating in activities with my friends,” says Brenda Raíssa, a 13-year-old member of the Órion Pathfinder Club in Brazil, when describing a typical Pathfinder Camporee experience. “With the Online Camporee the feeling is also neat, because I do the things that I like to do via the computer. I’m used to exchanging ideas with my friends through the Internet, and the camporee had a chat room and interactive competition. It was fun. Everyone enjoyed it.”
The Online Camporee test marathon took one and a half hours. Participants divided into units from their respective clubs and, connected via the Internet, answered questions about the Bible, Pathfinder history, general activities, and the annual Reading Club books, which are distributed by the Brazil Publishing House. About 270 units participated in the activities, which included a chat and “lightning round” questions that had to be answered within a limited time.
“Young people currently spend a large amount of time navigating on the Internet, and our idea is to utilize this tool for the preaching of the gospel,” said Jose R. Venefrides, Youth Ministries leader of the São Paulo area. “The Online Camporee has this objective. It was wonderful to see thousands of computers interconnected for two or three hours involving young people in wholesome competition and activities that contribute to mental and spiritual development”
—Adventist News Network/AR.