Eighty-seven Cayman young people and youth counsellors will depart for Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Sunday for an international ‘Pathfinder Camporee’, joining some 50,000 other Pathfinders from more than 100 countries, according to organisers.
The Camporee is held every five years for members of the Pathfinder Club, a nearly two million-member global organisation aimed at “enlarging … windows on the world and building a relationship with God”, organisers said, adding that the camp experience has become “a leadership and spiritual rite-of-passage for youth and adults”.
To prepare for the five-day international camp in Oshkosh, the Adventist 2019 Youth Congress held a three-day programme on 26‑28 July at the Lions Centre, which featured a 30-member visiting choir. The weekend culminated in a gospel concert on Sunday, 28 July.
Choir member Chueyen McIntyre said that he had opted to be one of the 30 members to visit Cayman from the 80-strong choir based at the Kencot Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica because “It is part of our role as Christian youth to help other youth.”
“The idea of youth-reaching-youth led to the invitation to the Kencot Youth Choir to lend their support to Pastor Henry Vaughan, Youth Ministries Director for the Cayman Islands Conference,” said choir director Dianne Boyd in a press release.
The choir sang throughout the three-day Youth Congress, organised by the local Adventist Youth Federation, in an initiative themed ‘Life in Transformation’.
During the congress, the Youth Federation launched the ‘Adopt-a-Ministry’ programme, in which youth organisations in the various local churches committed to adopting a street or community for youth engagement. Youth Minister Vaughan said that he envisaged that these activities would include health clinics, health fairs, and door-to-door contacts, among other possible undertakings.
In addition to exercising their voices in choir appearances and the concert over the weekend, on their final day, Monday, 29 July, choir members volunteered for a work day at Cayman Academy where they helped to prepare the campus for the new school year by painting, cleaning and gardening.