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Pathfinders and Adventurers

Welcome to the Balham Pathfinder and Adventurers Club (BPAC) page. We run our club every 1st and 3rd Saturday 5.30-7pm and every last Sunday 10-11.30am at the Balham SDA Community Church.

  • It's like Scouts for boys and girls. 

  • Your child (5-15 years old) will be encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities from community outreach projects, learning how to be good citizens to attending international camps across the world (10-15 year olds).
  • The Club is run by volunteers who have a wide range of skills, abilities and interests. Usually, they are former Adventurers/Pathfinders themselves and now dedicated to passing on the skills they have learnt to the next generation of young people.

  • The programme has curriculum levels, which are age-specific and designed to challenge children, including over 300 specialised, skill-development badges, involving household arts, outdoor industries, community work, health, science, arts and crafts, nature, recreation and vocational development and is linked to many school topics that your child can use as evidence for their folder at the Club.
     
  • At the end of every Club year (July), there is an investiture programme where the children are awared their awards/honours and receive recognition for any outstanding achchievement.  It's a time to celebrate the children, parents/carers and teachers ahard work.
  • If your child/ren are not able to attend the club you are welcome to use the resources below and help your child develop holistically at home.  For guidance/support on how to use these resources or for any other queries please send a message via the main Contact Us Page - by sending a message to the Pastor.

Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the Club
  • Create a greater link with the Community and other clubs.
  • Develop leadership skills of the children through involvement
  • Develop various Community projects.

Plans:

  • Prayer and fasting sessions for the staff.
  • Attend SEC Rally day
  • Drum crop invitations: Community Fair, New Addington Pathfinder’s day.
  • Outdoor Club activities

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Join the club

Every year we are required to register all children to the club even if they were registered with the club last year. 

In order to join the Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer you should complete the following asap:

  • Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club application AND health form APPLICATION AND HEALTH FORM

  • Pay the registration fee of £12 per child per year.  Sibling discount £10 per child per year and children of counsellors £6 per child per year. Curriculum workbooks will be supplied after registration is comeplete.

  • All children that would like to be associated with the club are required to pay the full registration fee. 

    • If your child joins Between October and January the full year fee is required. If they join any time between February and May then the fee required is ½ that of the full year fee. Anyone who would like to join after May needs to wait and join in October for the new club year - we look forward to welcoming your child/ren.

    • All fees should be paid directly into the Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club bank account using your child/children name/s and word ‘FEE’ as reference - please see the Club Director, finance officers or secretaries for the bank details.

       

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Pathfinders Information

Pathfinders generally cover the ages 10-15 years of age

It is linked with the UK schools years; however the Club Leader at his or her discretion can allow students to progress earlier or start later than the school year that the student is in.

Pathfinder progressive classes

UK School Year

Friend

Year 6

Companion

Year 7

Explorer

Year 8

Ranger

Year 9

Voyager

Year 10

Guide

Year 11

Link for all the Pathfinder classes Handbooks for teacher/parents: http://gcyouthministries.org/Ministries/Pathfinders/Downloads/tabid/89/Default.aspx

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Workbooks

There are numerous workbooks for you to choose from to aid your child complete the work in each curriculum.  Feel free to choose the one that suits you and your child needs the best and the teacher will work with you to help your child do his/her best.

1. Friend (Year 6) (curriculum)

1. Workbook (pdf  - designed by another Club), or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your to Counsellor Natasha, or 3. Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £3.50. Ellen G White Historical Prologue pdf and Word

2. Companion (Year 7) (curriculum)

1. Workbook (pdf  - designed by another Club), or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha, or 3. Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £3.50

3. Explorer (Year 8) (curriculum)

1. Workbook (pdf  - designed by another Club), or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha or Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £3.50

4. Ranger (Year 9) (curriculum)

1. Workbook (pdf  - designed by another Club), or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha, or 3. Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £3.50

5. Voyager (Year 10) (curriculum)

1. Workbook (pdf  - designed by another Club),  or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha, 3.Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £3.50

6. Guide (Year 11) (curriculum)

1. Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £3.50

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UNIFORM

  1. During club sessions on 1st and 3rd Sabbaths - as it’s on the Sabbath they can wear:

  • Their church clothes but must wear their scarf and woggle. 

  • They can also wear our Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club t-shirt or any adventurer/pathfinder event t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt, again they must wear their scarf and woggle; they can wear church clothes (Skirt or trousers) or black or blue jogging bottoms.

    2.On the last Sunday of every month and any field trips they must wear:

  • Our Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club t-shirt or any adventurer/pathfinder event t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt, they must wear their scarf and woggle, and black or blue jogging bottoms.

     3. On special occasions your child MUST wear the full uniform detailed and listed below:

Compulsory items for you to buy directly from the SEC Pathfinder Store:

Item

Cost (as at 17/8/15)

Comments

Pathfinder Female Blouse or

Pathfinder Male Shirt

£18.00

 

Pathfinder Uniform Skirt

Or

Pathfinder Uniform Trousers

£18.00

 

Pathfinder Honour Sash

£8.00

Please do not put Adventurer badges on the Pathfinder Sash

Pathfinder Neckerchief

£8.00

 

Pathfinder Pin

£0.80

 

Pathfinder Tie

£9.99

For males and females

Pathfinder Triangle

£0.75

Right sleeve

Pathfinder Woggle

 

£1.30

 

Pathfinder World Emblem

£1.15

Left Sleeve

 

 

 

Class Chevron

£0.35

These items have to be bought by the club.

Please send £6.45 + £1 to cover postage   packaging  to the Balham PA Club bank account with reference: your child’s name and class

Class pin

£0.75

Class pocket tab

£0.50

Class ribbon bar

£0.85

Club name (personalised for Balham Club)

£4.00

 

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We do appreciate it may be quite costly around £60 to get the full uniform, if possible please can you try and have your child in full uniform asap.  In the meantime until they have the official pathfinder uniform they can wear their Adventurer uniform.

Please visit this link to read about the guidelines from GC regarding the uniform:

Other Pathfinder costs:

  • Investiture Honours between 55p-85p depending on honour - must be purchased by the club, near investiture you will be advised of exact cost.

  • Pathfinder yearly camporee + travel (optional between £100-200 estimated costs)

  • Balham T-shirt (optional) Child size £9, Adult size £12 - order via Counsellor Trudian

  • Balham sweatshirt/hoodie (optional) Child size £12, Adult size £15 - Order via Counsellor Trudian

    • For the t-shirts and sweatshirts etc. please send money to club bank account with relevant reference e.g. ‘Natasha T-shirt’ and send a message to Counsellor Trudian's mobile number with your required quantity and size/s. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery, as they are made to order.

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Adventurers Information

Adventurers (including Little Lambs and Eager Beavers) generally cover the ages 4-10 years of age

It is linked with the UK schools years; however the Club Leader at his/her discretion can allow students to progress earlier or start later than the school year that the student is in.

Adventurer progressive classes

UK School Year

Teacher

Little Lambs

Nursery/Reception

Parent

Eager Beavers

Reception/Year 1

Parent

Busy Bee

Year 1/Year 2

TBC

Sunbeam

Year 2/Year 3

TBC

Builder

Year 3/Year 4

TBC

Helping Hand

Year 4/Year 5

TBC

Workbooks

There are numerous workbooks for you to choose from to aid your child complete the work in each curriculum.  Feel free to choose the one that suits you and your child needs the best and if possible do encourage your child to complete additional awards at home.

Little Lambs (Curriculum and Little Lamb awards)

1. Workbook (Official, you can print at home, pdf),  or 2. Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £4.00

Eager Beavers (Curriculum and Eager Beaver awards)

1. Workbook (Official, you can print at home, pdf),  or 2.Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £4.00

Busy Bee (curriculum)

1. Workbook (Official, you can print at home, pdf),  or 2. Workbook (Word - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha, 3.Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £4.00

Sunbeam (curriculum)

1. Workbook (Official, you can print at home, pdf),  or 2.Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £4.00

Builder (curriculum)

1. Workbook (Official, you can print at home, pdf),  or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha, 3.Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £4.00

Helping Hand (curriculum)

1. Workbook (Official, you can print at home, pdf),  or 2. Workbook (Word  - designed by another Club) - Please send your request to Counsellor Natasha, 3.Workbook (official, printed and posted to you) purchase directly from SEC store around £4.00

Other useful information

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UNIFORM
1.
During club sessions on 1st and 3rd Sabbaths - as it’s on the Sabbath they can wear:

  • Their church clothes but must wear their scarf and woggle. 

  • They can also wear our Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club t-shirt or any adventurer/pathfinder event t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt, again they must wear their scarf and woggle; they can wear church clothes (Skirt or trousers) or black or navy blue jogging bottoms. 

2. On the last Sunday of every month and any field trips they must wear:

  • Our Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club t-shirt or any adventurer/pathfinder event t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt, they must wear their scarf and woggle, and black or navy blue jogging bottoms.

3, On special occasions your child MUST wear the full uniform detailed and listed below:

Compulsory items for you to buy directly from the SEC Pathfinder Store

Item

Cost (as at 17/8/15)

Comments

Adventurer Sash

£7.75

Please do not put Pathfinder badges on the Adventurer Sash

Adventurer Neckerchief

£8.00

 

Adventurer Logo Patch

£1.30

Right sleeve

Adventurer Woggle

£1.30

 

Adventurer World

£1.30

Left Sleeve

Club name (personalised for Balham club)

£3.40

This item has to be bought by the club directly.

Please send £3.40 to the Balham PA Club bank account with reference: your child’s name and class

For boys:

Navy blue Trousers

Plain black socks

 

These items can be bought from any store that sells school uniform clothing.

For girls:

Navy blue skirt

(below the knee)

Plain white socks/tights

 

Plain white formal shirt

Black shoes

(for boys and girls)

 

 

Please visit this link to read about the guidelines from GC regarding the uniform:

Other Adventurer costs:

  • Investiture Awards between 55p-85p depending on honour - must be purchased by the club, near investiture you will be advised of exact cost.

  • Adventurer yearly camporee + travel (optional between £100-200 estimated costs)

  • Balham T-shirt (optional) Child size £9, Adult size £12 - order via Counsellor Trudian

  • Balham sweatshirt/hoodie (optional) Child size £12, Adult size £15 - order via Counsellor Trudian

    • For the t-shirts and sweatshirts etc. please send money to club bank account with relevant reference e.g. ‘Natasha T-shirt’ and send a message to Counsellor Trudian's mobile number with your required quantity and size/s. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery, as they are made to order.

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Staff/Parent information

1. 2016-2017 timetable and curriculum breakdown (for staff and parents) (2017/2018 in the process of being updated)

Here is the timetable and curriculum breakdown please note the deadlines for each section to be completed and use the Pathfinder Teacher's resources (bottom of page) and Adventurer Teacher's resources manual (pdf) to help you plan each class.

2. Applicaion and Health Form (for staff)

Each year please complete a new application form and new medical form

3. CRB/DBS check (for staff)

CRB/DBS information

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

Please complete this DBS form if you have not had a DBS check in the last 3 years or your current DBS is not connected to working with children - and you would like to be a staff member of the Balham Pathfinder and Adventurer Club, you must be over 18 years of age.

How long is a DBS check valid for?

A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to an employer/voluntary organisation to decide if and when a new check is needed.

Applicants and employers can use the DBS update service to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employee’s certificate.

However the South England Conference have advised we check every 3 years.

Volunteers

Checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge. This includes anyone who spends time helping people and is:

  • not being paid (apart from for travel and other approved out of pocket expenses)
  • not looking after a close relative

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Investiture - See links to see how the children work hard and achieve their awards and honours.

  1. 15th July 2017
  2. 16th July 2016
  3. 25th July 2015
  4. 29th November 2014


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Camporee

 Coming soon

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 Contact us

For any queries please send a message via the main Contact Us Page - by sending a message to the Pastor

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