Inaugural Pathfinder Camporee in Malaysia Draws Over 2,300 Campers

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Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Inaugural Pathfinder Camporee in Malaysia Draws Over 2,300 Campers

During the event, 23 individuals embraced their newfound faith through baptism at a Malaysian beach.

News | Malaysia | Hazel Wanda Ginajil-Gara, with ANN Staff

The Adventist Church in Malaysia (MAUM), under the leadership of the Adventist youth department, has organized its inaugural Pathfinder Camporee. Over 2,300 campers gathered to engage in a weeklong adventure aimed at nurturing servant leadership, honing skills, and deepening understanding of Christ’s character. This milestone marks a significant turning point in the Adventist community's continuous journey of development and empowerment, especially in areas often viewed as challenging.

The camporee, which took place in Dantai, Kota Belud, and Sabah, Malaysia, from April 7th to 11th, 2024, warmly welcomed an esteemed international delegation hailing from various countries, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, and Sabah. Recognized for fielding the largest contingent, with over 1,700 campers in attendance, the latter demonstrated the region's commitment to the Pathfinder movement. Master Guides (MG), Pathfinder leaders, and esteemed representatives from local government bodies and organizations, renowned as mentors and guides for all camporee delegates, honored the gathering. Together, they witnessed as the adventure unfolded.

Pastor and MG Ron Genebago, director of Youth Ministries for the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) of the Adventist Church, along with his wife, MG Jeneva Genebago, delivered the message. They encouraged pathfinders to emulate Caleb's exemplary traits: unyielding dedication to God, unwavering faithfulness, and the remarkable resilience exemplified by Caleb's character.

After the devotional, a ceremony of recognition and awards unfolded. Pastor Genebago honored Elder Farrel Gara with a leadership award. Genebago also took the opportunity to express gratitude to MAUM for their proactive engagement in launching and enhancing youth ministry programs. Furthermore, Genebago extended special recognition to MG Renie Ubara and MG Juli Ubara for pioneering the Plasticine Clay Award and Explosion Box Honor, as well as MG Daniel Victor and MG Jane Daniel for their innovative development of the Pandemic Honor.

The Plasticine Clay Award represents a modeling clay skillset characterized by its pliability and ease of shaping, making it a favorite for a variety of art and craft endeavors. The Pandemic Honor celebrates individuals who have demonstrated resilience by actively engaging in acts of kindness and positively impacting the lives of those encountered by campers during the lockdown period.

Distinguished guests attended the event, including representatives such as MG Anukul Ritchil, the Pathfinder coordinator for SSD, and Pastor Abel Bana, president of MAUM. Mission presidents Pastor Semilee Tajau of Sarawak Mission and Pr. Feldinand Sawanai of the Sabah Mission joined them, alongside other guests like Pastor Anbudurai Albert, youth director of South Central India Union, and Pastor Simon Siew, retired SAUM youth director.

Officiating the opening ceremony on behalf of the Sabah State Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji, Assistant Minister Datuk Abidin Madingkir delivered the inaugural address at the First Malaysia Union Mission Pathfinder Camporee. The Chief Minister conveyed his support for the camporee, underscoring its potential to cultivate camaraderie, impart noble principles, and deter negative conduct among the participating youth, thereby enriching their contributions to the nation.

Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, former deputy chief minister, echoed these sentiments, endorsing the youth camp as a platform to foster unity and positive values among the nation’s youth. Speaking at a subsequent press briefing following the opening ceremony, he emphasized the significance of forgiveness in nurturing harmonious relationships.

Highlighting the camporee, 23 individuals embrace their newfound faith with a serene baptism ceremony on the shores of Dantai Beach, marking a profound moment of spiritual renewal.
Highlighting the camporee, 23 individuals embrace their newfound faith with a serene baptism ceremony on the shores of Dantai Beach, marking a profound moment of spiritual renewal.

An investiture ceremony formally invested 123 Master Guides-in-Training (MIT) from Sabah and Sarawak as MGs, marking a significant milestone for the camporee. Pathfinders, MITs, and MGs alike participated in this ceremonious event, dressed in their uniforms to express their commitment to service and leadership within the Pathfinder community.

The camporee had the privilege of presenting awards to outstanding individuals, recognizing their dedication and contributions. Among the prestigious awards conferred were the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Long Service Award (bronze wings), the Meritorious Service Award (silver wings), and the Distinguished Service Award (gold wings), with a total of 221 participants receiving these esteemed accolades.

The camporee drew to a close as thousands of pathfinders made their way back to their home territories, invigorated and inspired by their experiences.

The original article was provided by the Southern Asia-Pacific Division.