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Philosophy of Adventurers

Adventurer Club LogoPhilosophy of the Adventurer Program

The Adventurer program was created to assist parents in their important responsibilities as a child’s primary teachers and evangelizers. The program aims to strengthen the parent/child relationship and to further the child’s development in spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas.Through the Adventurer Program, the church, home, and school can work together with the parent to develop a mature, happy child.

The church’s greatest resource is our children; therefore, it is imperative that as a church we meet the challenge to provide a program for our children during their early,formative years. We want right habits,thoughts, motives, dispositions, and attitudes to be established. The Wise Man wrote,“Bring up a child in the way he should go,and when he is old he will not turn from it.”Prov. 22:6 (NIV). This is more than acliché—it is a scientific formula.

The Uniqueness of the Adventurer Club

The Adventurer Club was created to give children an opportunity to belong to an organized peer group. To join, children are invited to paticipate in various activities which will improve their social skills. From the time children start school until they reach puberty, their need to be with and be accepted by their peer group is increasingly strong.

The Adventurer Club involves children in grades 1-4 and their parents. The program-ming and planning for Adventurers should be simple and short, but creative. Parental involvement provides opportunities for parents to participate in the learning experience.

One of the Adventurer Club objectives is to provide a meaningful and exciting experience as the children look forward with anticipation to some day being Pathfinders.

History of the Adventurer Club

Adventurer Club LogoThe Adventurer program was created to assist parents in their important responsibilities as a child’s primary teacher sand evangelizers. The program aims to strengthen the parent/child relationship and further the child’s development in spiritual,physical, mental, and social areas. In this way, the church and school can work together with the parent to develop a mature,happy child.

In order to help children learn more about the Bible, health, and nature, and to help them develop their people skills, the General Conference, in 1939, endorsed the idea of the Adventurer classes of Busy Bee, Sun-beam, Builder, and Helping Hand.  In the intervening years, these classes were primarily taught as part of the Adventist School system curricula, often as part of spiritual activities/worships.

In 1972 the Washington Conference sponsored a club for children called “Beavers,” the forerunner of Adventurers, under the direction of Carolee Riegel. The North-eastern Conference is reported to have had a children’s club concept program by 1975.  By 1980 many conferences were sponsoring a club for children, though having various titles, including "pre-Pathfinders," "Adventurers," or "Beavers."

In 1988 the North American Division Church Ministries Department invited interested conferences and child specialists to study and evaluate the Adventurer Club concept. A committee met in 1989 to update the Adventurer curriculum, develop Adventurer awards, and write guidelines for the Adventurer Club organization.

The committee involved children’s Sabbath School leaders, educational personnel, conference and union Children’Ministries coordinators, and child and family specialists. Chaired by Norman Middag, the committee membership included Debra Brill, Terry Dodge, Sarah Fanton, Merrill Fleming, Joyce Fortner,Donna Habenicht, Jasmine Hoyt, Noelene Johnsson, Kathie Klocko, Barbara Manspeaker, Kathy Martin, Dixie Plata, Julia Raglin, Toini Shobe-Harrison, Emily Tillman, Claude Thomas, Ruth Walker, Al Williamson, and Bob Wong.

The Adventurer curriculum, written by Teresa Reeve, is designed as a vehicle for sharing and discovery in preparation for life here and in heaven. The Adventurer program piloting process began in 1990 in the North American Division, and became a full fledged program in by 1992.

Currently many churches support an Adventurer club for children in grades 1-4, as well as sposoring the additional resource programs for pre-school (Little Lamb) and Kindergarten (Eager Beaver).

Goals and Objectives

Adventurer Club LogoWhy have an Adventurer program?
The Adventurer program is designed to support parents in assisting children with the challenging task of developing fully as followers of Christ in today’s world.

What is the Adventurer curriculum designed to accomplish?

  1. Children will, at their own level,commit their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.
  2. Children will gain a positive attitude toward the benefits, joys, and responsibilities of living a Christian life.
  3. Children will acquire the habits, skills and knowledge needed to live for Jesus today.
  4. Parents and other primary care-givers will become more confident and effective as co-laborers with Christ for their children.

Objectives
The Adventurer Club provides fun and creative ways for children.

  1. to develop a Christ-like character;
  2. to experience the joy and satisfaction of doing things well;
  3. to express their love for Jesus in a natural way;
  4. to learn good sportsmanship and strengthen their ability to get along with others;
  5. to discover their God-given abilities and to know how to use them to benefit self and serve others,
  6. to improve their understanding of what makes families strong.

About Adventurers

adventurer Club oficial logoThe Adventurer Club is a Seventh-day Adventist Church-sponsored ministry open to all families of children in grades 1-4 who agree to keep the Adventurer Pledge and Law.

What is an Adventurer
An Adventurer is a child in grades 1-4. Each Adventurer is a unique and special person. Still there are several characteristics which are typical of Adventurer-age children.

Characteristics of the Adventurer

Physical Characteristics

  • I have boundless energy
  • I am developing coordination

Mental Characteristics

  • I learn by doing
  • I am curious about everything
  • I understand what I can see and touch
  • I like variety

Socio-Emotional Characteristics

  • I am learning social skills
  • I am becoming more independent
  • I need success and approval from you
  • I am easily overexcited
  • I am very social

 

How to Respond

Please don't ask me to sit still for very long. I want to DO things.
Let me improve coordination through games and creative activities.
Don't just tell me things. Let me try them and get involved with them.
I do want to know about my world. Tell me in an interesting way.
Show me what you want me to know. Don't expect me to understand long explanations.
Show me fun ways to use my good memory for a good purpose.
I like stories and inventing things.
Use many kinds of stories, songs, games, and activities.
Give me lots of chances to relate to others in my peer group.
Let me discover and do things by myself whenever possible.
Help me find things I can do well, and let me know that you approve of me.
I need structure and guidance to control my impulses and activities.
I love to play and talk with my friends.