More than 160 Adventist youth on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac have advanced in a regional and international program designed to encourage civic and community involvement and spiritual and personal development.
The ceremony formalizing the achievements of the 146 young members on Grand Cayman took place at the Kings Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, while the Brac ceremony, in which 17 members qualified, was held on Saturday, Sept. 10.
The Grand Cayman ceremony involved two clubs – “Pathfinders,” for the older age group, and “Adventurers,” for the younger set.
Organizers said both clubs are built on an age-specific tiered curriculum involving approximately 350 specialized skill development topics, covering arts and crafts, aquatics, nature, household arts, recreation, spiritual development, health, and vocational training.
Pastor Eric Clarke, youth director for the Adventist Church for the region, joined Pastor Vaughan Henry, the local youth director and Merle Watkins, director for the Cayman Islands Pathfinder Club, to conduct the Grand Cayman service. The Cayman Brac service was conducted by Mrs. Watkins, who is also assistant youth director for the Cayman Islands.
In his address at the Grand Cayman ceremony, Pastor Clarke reminded the new members that “everybody has a gift from God” and charged them to discover and develop that gift.
Mrs. Watkins told the new members that the training they received as Pathfinders and Adventurers can be transferred into their lives outside the clubs, citing for example that four of five Adventist students who were appointed this month to key leadership roles at the Clifton Hunter High School were active members of Grand Cayman’s Pathfinder Club.
The two recently appointed deputy head girls at the school are Pathfinder “Guide” Brianna Bodden and Pathfinder “Voyager” Theola Williams. Two new prefects for the new school year at the school are also Pathfinders – “Voyager” Quideen Jones and “Guide” Abigail Smith. The school’s new head boy, Keanu Oliver, while not a member of the Pathfinder Club, is a member of the Adventist Church, Mrs. Watkins pointed out.
Congratulating the young people on their achievement, Pastor Shion O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said: “The Seventh-day Adventist Church continues to be proud of our youth, who can generally be counted on to demonstrate Christian decorum, healthy social interactions and rare leadership skills that make them role models in an era filled with vice and many distractions.”