THE Pathfinder program at the Los Pinos Children’s Village is a vital part of campus life for the children. Each pathfinder learns practical skills that help him or her on the pathway to becoming a successful adult.
The highlight for each Los Pinos pathfinder is the annual camporee. At these gatherings, memories are made for a lifetime.
That includes the 2019 event where temperatures dropped down to 32°F (0°C). That was brutally cold considering the average temperature is 82°F (28°C). Government authorities helped to rescue the more than 3,000 campers.
According to the director, Joel Carpio:
“It was an unforgettable experience for us and the children. Although there was a lot of tension and worry about the situation, God was with us, and the churches of Jalapa turned out to support all the clubs.
“We were blessed because many people offered us lodging and food, and we had nothing to regret other than the scare.”
During the pandemic, the Los Pinos Pathfinder Club only had internal activities.
However, this past April, pathfinders in the north and central regions of the country gathered once again for a camporee.
There were 29 clubs present including Los Pinos and almost 1,000
campers. Joel Carpio serves a dual role as children’s village and pathfinder director. The following is an edited excerpt from a report he shared about the recent camporee.
The Los Pinos Pathfinder Club has acquired a great name at the national level for its skills in physical and spiritual competitions among which preaching, learning the Bible verses of every day of the month in which the camporee is held, and the quiz from the assigned book of the Bible stand out.
This year, due to the pandemic, the number of events in which to compete was reduced from 25 to 15. We obtained five first places, three second places, and two third places for a total of 10 awards. In addition, we received recognition for being the club with the best campsite and as being the most disciplined club.
I have been working with clubs for 40 years, and I am convinced that the pathfinder club is a great tool to train children and young people on the right path in life. That is why we support the club in all its activities.
We thank God that, together with our campus church that gives its support and the contribution of each child’s sponsor and donors in general, this club continues to function by supporting Hogar Los Pinos in the development of the children’s characters by teaching them a better way of life.
Thanks for your support. May God add His blessing to your generosity – Joel Carpio.