Last Sabbath, Olivia Jordan, senior at Campion Academy, was honored for having completed all the requirements for the Master Guide: the highest level of achievement in Pathfinder leadership.
Having already completed all the Adventist Youth (AY) courses offered, Olivia decided to take on the challenge of the Master Guide coursework starting last summer. Reflecting on her motivation, Olivia said, “I have been in Pathfinders for over seven years, and I plan to be involved in Pathfinders for the rest of my life, so I wanted to get it now while I had a mentor and someone to do it with me.”
Campion’s Pathfinder Director, Pastor Alex Rodriguez, helped to guide her throughout the process. “Olivia has stood out as a model Pathfinder and young adult going above and beyond in both her cooperation with the club and her own personal development,” he explained.
Rodriguez remarked on Olivia’s perseverance, saying, “First of all, continuing in the club during the high school years is a feat in-and-of-itself. Olivia’s determination to continue in the club is inspirational. But what makes her accomplishments more incredible is her level of engagement. A few years ago, she came on as full staff while still being a part of the Teen Leadership Training program. Since then, she's held dual roles (teen leader and staff member) and has gracefully occupied both roles. In her staff role, she has served as an AY instructor, Drill and March instructor, and TLT instructor.”
The intensive training curriculum typically takes multiple years to complete, but Olivia managed to achieve her goal amidst her busy school schedule. “The hardest part for me was finding the time to watch all the classes and read the books,” she explained; “I enjoyed the reading and listening parts, but it was hard to make time for them in between school and work.”
Olivia shared that being involved in Pathfinders helped her learn hands-on life skills through the various honors, camp-outs, and drill and march. Most importantly, being a Pathfinder has had a major impact on her faith: “Being around those who believe similarly to me and spending time getting to know them, has strengthened my relationship with God and has made me interested in learning more,” Olivia furthered. “Being in the Pathfinder Bible Experience helped grow my knowledge of the Bible, while at the same time allowed me to have fun with my friends.”
Olivia plans to continue to be involved in Pathfinder leadership even while she is studying at Andrews University next year. She encouraged other high school students to continue to be involved in their local clubs saying, “Pathfinders is a good way to take a break from the craziness of life and spend time with friends learning about God. It has drawn me closer to God and encouraged me to share my faith with others. As an older pathfinder, I get to teach some of the classes for the younger ones. Teaching them impacts not only their lives but mine also. Even though it can be hard to make time to be part of a club, it is worth the time put into it.”
Rodriguez emphasized Olivia’s impact saying, “Olivia exemplifies the life of a dedicated young Christian and has become an integral part of our Pathfinder club and of the Campion church and community. Her efforts and tireless work and sacrifice have had a great impact on both young and old; I’m certain there will be folks in the kingdom of heaven because of the Godly witness that she has been.”