About Us

Kempsey Pathfinders is a value based, outdoor adventure and community service club for young adults and children. While the offical pathfinder age is 10-16 elder young adults can be involved in our leadership program and team, while the younger ones can be involved in our little sister program Adventures for the 5-9s.

Kempsey Pathfinders in partnership with the Kempsey Adventure club believe in the importance of providing opportunities for families to have fun experiences together, forming strong bonds and family ties. For this reason we have purposely combined and designed our events to accommodate the whole family. To find out more about Kempsey Pathfinders please check out our ‘about’ page

New Parent Information

Click here to view the information booklet for new members.

We would encourage you to read the club policies in the Parents Area before registering your child (or yourself)

Annual fees Per PathfinderWW
Pathfinders Annual Registration Fee$75.00
New Pathfinders will require to purchase a Field uniform shirt$35.00

Financial Assistance

If these costs are likely to cause financial hardship please contact the Pathfinder Director, because we don’t want this to stop your child from joining our club.


Parent helpers and leaders:
 We strongly encourage and believe in the importance of having parents and significant adults as part of the mentoring and pathfinder experience and strongly encourage parents and families to attend and be involved whenever possible. We do require all adults attending events to complete the annual registration medical form and individual event registration to aid in emergency and event logistics. This form can be found in the appropriate ‘Parent Area’ or ‘Staff’ drop down menu tab. This form also requires copies of Working With Children Check and AdSafe Training and Code of Conduct, to find out more about these Child Safe requirements please visit the relevant document on our policies page or the ‘AdSafe and Child Safety’ page under the ‘Parents Area’ drop down menu.

Camping and Event Fees

Members

These vary according to the type and duration of the Club Camp or Event, however are generally $35 per Event per member. Camp applications will be available online prior to each camp at the pathfinder web site at kempseypathfinders.org.au.  This will advise if the cost of the camp applies only to the pathfinder or if any attending adults are also required to contribute to cover their costs.

Non members

Rates for one off camps are normally around $50 per camp. A child who is not annually registered may attend on the condition that they complete the online registration and medical forms as well as the camp attendance registration form.  The person may only attend once on this arrangement.

Notifications and Online Registrations

Camp information and online permission registration will be available on the pathfinder website 2-3 weeks prior to each camp. The email address and mobile phone that you provided at registration will be used as your primary contact.  All details pertaining to departure and arrival times will be included on that information form.   There will be information provided about an emergency contact person for each event.  There will be a ‘camp nurse’ who will be attending each event.  You will be informed of who the nurse is so that if there is any medical information specific to your child it can be discussed  prior to departure.  Any medications or recent illnesses should be noted on the returned permission form.

All club events will have a registration due date, usually 2 weeks before the event, after this date no further registrations will be accepted.

This will be strictly adhered to due to the increasing size of the club and complexity of arranging adequate transportation for Pathfinders and general logistics of club events. Please respect the club leadership in this regard, as all staff give of their valuable time freely and generously behind the scenes to arrange each camping and event experiences.  The added stress to leaders of chasing applications and late payment is something that should be avoided if possible. If you will have difficulty getting your child to the departure point on time, please notify a leader so alternative arrangements can be made.
 

Online registration for each Pathfinder and Leader for each camp must be complete prior to departure.  This is an insurance requirement.

Parent Helpers

Parents and family of pathfinders are invited to attend any Pathfinder camp or event. We do ask however that if parents wish to attend designated PF events from the calendar, that this be discussed with the club director. You will be required to actively engage in club activities, to camp seperate from the pathfinders and where designated by the base superintendent, honour our club philosophy and culture, and to encourage your child/children to engage fully in the pathfinder program of activities.  We discourage ‘helicopter parenting’, that is parents who hover and fuss over their kids. But we understand that there is a process of growth for both the children and parents attending camps for the first time and wish to make this transition to being an independent Pathfinder as stress-free and enjoyable for families and kids as possible.  Parents of new Pathfinders are encouraged to prepare their children at home by practicing camp cooking and camp meal preparation in particular. Our club is staffed by a good number of enthusiastic and experienced parent leaders who are committed to the well being and safety of your children during our camps.

If any parents have any particular skill, experience or qualification in conducting outdoor activities, driving buses or other things that would be of benefit to the club please discuss this with the pathfinder director. We are always interested in finding new places to go and  providing new experiences for the kids.

Expectations of parent helpers:

  • All parents who attend events are asked to assist with transporting kids to and from the camp (any exceptions to this need to be discussed with the club director). Petrol money can be reimbursed if a receipt is provided to the treasurer. Please ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and covered by appropriate insurances.
  • Parents who wish to attend camps are invited to attend and observe their first camp.
  • Following that you are asked to take on role of assistant in some capacity and to actively seek opportunities on each camp to be involved in activities, supervision of cooking and meal preparation and camp set up, attend all leaders briefings during the weekend, etc.
  • You will also be buddied up with a more experienced pathfinder leader to assist in the camp planning process for upcoming camps. This allows for the planning load to be spread across more leaders, allows new leaders to learn how to lead and plan camping events and activities, and brings in fresh ideas to our program.
  • You need to be aware of Child Protection principles and to adhere to these at all times. This is both for the protection of the Pathfinders as well as yourself. All Adults who participate in Pathfinders need to fill out the Working With Children Check as well as complete the AdSafe training and Code of Conduct. More information can be found on the ‘AdSafe and Child Safety’ page under the ‘Parent Area’ dropdown menu

Working with Children

Kempsey Pathfinders and the Seventh Day Adventist South Pacific Union makes child safety a priority, therefore in addition to a NSW Working With Children Check number all adults attending/helping at Pathfinder events must sign the AdSafe code of conduct and complete the Child safe training (https://elearning.adsafe.org.au). For more information or help regarding the AdSafe training please visit the ‘AdSafe Training’ Page under the ‘Parents’ dropdown manu, or contact the Club Director on 0422181443.

Uniforms

Wallsend Pathfinder Club Uniform Policy

Wallsend Pathfinder Club has two uniforms:  A Field Uniform is worn to most events and camps and a Dress Uniform is worn at Hall Meetings and special events such as Anzac Day march, Camporee, Fairs and Investiture.

The Field Uniform is a purple and black polo shirt with Club logo.

The Dress Uniform consists of:

BOYS Green (Green preferably long sleeve) shirt Pathfinder dress shirt and Green Pathfinder long trousers
Black belt
Black socks
Black lace-up shoes (school shoes appropriate)
Scarf and Woggle
Sash
GIRLS White short sleeve shirt and Green pathfinder skirt
White socks
Black lace-up shoes (school shoes appropriate)
Scarf and Woggle
Sash

To help with the costs of uniforms, Kempsey Pathfinders endeavours to provide the cheapest option available by doing bulk buys and sourcing from the cheapest possible clothing manufactures and suppliers available to us. Please Contact the Club Director before purchasing items individually as we may have other options available.

Dress Uniform Hire Policy

The Dress Uniform can be expensive and children grow quickly, therefore, the Kempsey Pathfinder Club has a pool of uniforms available for hire.  Please contact the director for whats available.

Award Ceremony

The annual Award Ceremony takes place during a church service run by the pathfinders and is usually held in late November or early December.  Each child is encouraged to achieve the requirements so they can invested in their current level. However, we still encourage pathfinders to attend the event despite their level of achievement as the award ceremony is also where each Pathfinder receives the various individual honour patches and awards they have earned during the year, and revisit same of the years highlights through slide shows, stories and testimonies.
 

To receive the award for the year level, Pathfinders must participate in at least 75% of the club’s annual program.  Attendance in 75% of the club activities includes campouts, camporee, expedition, pathfinder fair, community projects and fundraising.