Benton Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs

Benton Miners Pathfinder Club

The Benton, Arkansas, Pathfinder club, better known as the Benton Miners, was organized in September 1983 with Nick Swartz as the director. It got off to a running start with many ideas and plans in the making. The club collected aluminum cans for resale to help raise money for the club. Another project was the Pathfinders going out Halloween night to collect cans of food for Thanksgiving baskets. With nine in the group they covered a large development in two hours and brought back approximately 150 cans of food along with some money. They enjoyed it so much, they wanted to continue for several more nights. Afterwards they enjoyed hot cocoa and popcorn and other goodies and had a small meeting to choose their name. For the month of November they had a cook-out and a huge bonfire with lots of singing, stories, and good fellowship. It was easy to see that each young person was proud to be a Pathfinder and to witness for the Lord (Young, 1983).


Little Warriors and Jesus Warriors

At the Benton church on October 2, 1910, the Little Warriors Adventurer Club and the Jesus Warriors Pathfinder Club celebrated their first Induction service. The ceremony was followed by a Mexican dinner to raise funds and provide fellowship (Caple, 2011).

Nine Little Warriors and six Jesus Warriors were inducted on October 2, 2010.

First Camporee

April 7 – 10, 2011, the Jesus Warriors Pathfinder Club from Benton attended their first camporee since the club had been organized. The camporee was held at Black Bayou State Park in Louisiana. It was a wonderful experience to joined 229 pathfinders from the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference for the spring camporee (Kaffenberger, 2011).

Benton Jesus Warriors at their first camporee

Citations

Caple, Francis. (2011, Jan. 1). Southwestern Union Record, p. 16.

Kaffenberger, Daniel. (2011, Jul. 1). Ibid., p. 20.

Young, Kathy. (1983, Dec. 8). Ibid., p. 8.