Adventurers (Seventh-day Adventist)

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Adventurers Club
Lenço do Líder do Clube de Aventureiros.JPG
Master Guide neckerchief Adventurers Club
Abbreviation Adventurers
Motto Because Jesus loves me, I can always do my best.
Formation 1972
Type Adventist youth organization
Key people Gilbert Cangy
Website Adventurers website

The Adventurers Club is a program for children of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA)[1] similar to Scouting, created in 1972.

Inspired by its "older brother", the Pathfinder Club, Adventurers is a program focused on education of children aged 6–9 years[2][3] with additional sections for children ages 4 and 5.

History[edit]

It was in 1972 that the Seventh-day Adventist Church tried for the first time, to create a specific program for children under ten. The first "prototype" of the Adventurers Club was developed in Washington, DC., under the direction of Carolee Riegel, a club called "The Beaver."

In 1975, the SDA church in the northeastern United States, conducted a program focused on children in the age group of Adventurers and, five years later, several associations were already following this example.[4]

In 1988, the North American Division of SDA invited interested associations and experts in children to study the formalization of the Adventurers Club. A committee met, a year later (1989) to update the curriculum, specialties and establish standards for the organization and functioning of the club. Leaders participated in this work of Sabbath School Children, educators, coordinators of the Ministry of Children (Adventist department that develops programs specifically for children), and other experts in family and early childhood education. In the same year (1989), the General Conference authorized 4 classes of Adventurers and aligned them with school grades/age groups:

  • Busy Bee-Grade 1/Age 6
  • Sun Beams-Grade 2/Age 7
  • Builders-Grade 3/Age 8
  • Helping Hands-Grade 4/Age 9

This confirmed the work done by Teresa Reeve. She wrote the Adventurer curriculum in order to "facilitate the child share their faith, to prepare for this life and eternal life."

In 1990, the master plan of the Adventurers Club was started in the North American Division. In 1991, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church has authorized a global program, setting goals, curriculum, flag, uniform and ideals.[5]

Based on work by the Florida Conference the Adventurer Club program has now been expanded to cover:

  • Little Lambs-Pre-K/Age 4
  • Eager Beaver-Kindergarten/Age 5

The names of the levels may vary in different languages and regions. For example in the South Pacific Division, where there are no native beavers, the Age 5 group is called Little Fish.[6]

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