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More than 550 Pathfinders, leaders and volunteers representing clubs from four conferences—Allegheny East Conference, Chesapeake Conference, Pennsylvania Conference and Potomac Conference—participated in Chesapeake Conference’s 2017 Courageous Invitational Camporee last week. The five-day event took place on the Highland View Academy campus in Hagerstown, Md. “What made this camporee unique was that it took place during the summer, giving Pathfinders the opportunity to enjoy activities such as water-skiing, swimming, and the slip-and-slide,” says Carl Rodriguez, Chesapeake Conference Youth Ministries director. He says camporees typically take place in the fall when the weather is too cool for water sports.

Unlike the annual Classoree which focuses primarily on honors classes and spiritual development, the camporee emphasized recreation and worship. Clubs joined in drilling and marching exercises, a flag synchronization contest, drama presentations, community service projects, and Bible intelligence competitions. Activities included horseback riding, archery, basketball, mountain-boarding, ropes challenge course, and playing on the giant inflatables supplied by Playground Ministries.

“The camporee was wonderful! The kids were happy and the instructors were really good,” says Ellen Samalio, Pathfinder area-coordinator and member of the Martinsburg, W.Va., church.

                                                                                              Kids enjoy the suds from a giant bubble-making tower.

Richard Aguilera “The Mud Guy,” a pastor and popular speaker at youth events, was the worship speaker for the Juniors age group. Alvin Payne, a pastor and owner of Playground Ministries, spoke to the teens. Javier Mendez, a lay-pastor from Pennsylvania, led the staff in worship and leadership workshops. See more photos on Facebook.
Photos by Rosang Puia and Samantha Young
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