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Pathfinder programs will be remembered for a lifetime! Our student programs are designed to accelerate progress toward reaching your community’s goals – whatever community that is – school, youth group, family, etc.

We’ll help you choose courses that fit your goals and design a cohesive program from start to finish. Then, step back and watch as your kids grow, explore, and learn through shared experience.

Please take a moment to download our Youth Program Guide.

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You’ll see that our classes usually fall into one of two categories/goals for your group:

Community, Communication and Cultural Competency
Outdoor Challenge and Science/Environmental Enrichment

Community, Communication, & Cultural Competency

Classes such as The Beast, Cast Away! and Drums as Language will help develop the core of a strong community through collaboration and shared experience.

Program Goals:

  • Develop the bonds of community through shared fun, adventure, and challenge
  • Learn tools for communication, critical thinking, and consensus building
  • Apply international leadership techniques to lead with compassion and justice
  • Deepen awareness of your cultural identity-and the cultures of others
  • Learn to celebrate similarities and differences
  • Learn to safely stand up for what is right

We’ve created some templates using our most popular classes for this category.

Leadership, Community and Character

Teambuilding through Outdoor Adventure

Celebration and Group Bonding

These templates will give you an idea of how our classes are organized into a cohesive schedule to achieve your goal and how a typical Pathfinder event is organized. Please refer to the Youth Program Guide for descriptions of these classes.

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Outdoor Challenge and Science/Environmental Enrichment

With Adventure Orienteering or Mission Survivor, your students will discover that outdoor challenges are the ideal context for developing personal, social, and environmental responsibility. Our interactive science classes provide hands-on, real life application of your classroom studies.

Program Goals:

  • Better understand the amazing ecosystems of Florida
  • Develop your capacity to enjoy the natural beauty of Florida, safely and with minimal impact
  • Stretch your teamwork and leadership abilities through shared adventure
  • Better understand the interdependence of all life
  • Understand our impact on the environment, and it’s impact on us

Sample templates with these classes and goals:

Florida History

Ecosystems and Inquiry

Water and the Florida Environment

Teambuilding through Outdoor Adventure

Given our mission, we emphasize that Pathfinder is primarily an educational program, not just a recreational one.

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Carab Unity Day

Team building

A diverse group of students with leadership potential participate in experiential activities designed to build trust. These activities are led by students in partnership with adult professionals.

A 2007 independent evaluation found that the activities fostered good working relationships and interaction between students.

Raise Awareness

After establishing empathy through team building, students participate in activities that allow them to identify their shared experiences and value their differences. This dialogue enables students to recognize the importance of embracing diversity and creating an inclusive learning community.

"Everyone needs Unity Day… or at least the lessons that were shared with the select students… this high school WILL see change.” – 12th grade, 2009

Leadership

Having identified the transformations they would like to see in their school and community, students develop and practice strategies for implementing these changes.

“One way I will use what I have learned is by helping to move the Unity Club in the right direction.” – 11th grade, 2008

A 2007 independent evaluation found that students who participated in the program were more likely to participate in community service activities.

After Unity Day

Students continue to practice leadership, community service, and awareness- raising in school-supported clubs.

"I have been seeking to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at (my school)… I have also been the voice in trying to establish a Unity Club.”- 10th Grade, 2006

“I will definitely continue to treat everybody kindly and to intervene when I see someone is not being treated that way.” – 10th Grade, 2008

"I shall teach others what I have been taught.” – 9th grade, 2009

60 of the students committed to improving their schools and communities participate in a week long camp over the summer.

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CarabCamp Wananame

The week long camp is fully funded by Pasco County Schools, allowing campers from all economic backgrounds to attend.

Camp Wananame“It provides a safe and fun environment for people to learn, grow, and experience real life issues.” - 10th Grade, 2007

“Camp was an amazing experience.” – 10th Grade, 2008

Camp Wananamé provides the campers with a forum to delve deeper into the issues of social justice, teamwork, and leadership.

“I learned so much about others that have different lifestyles than me… It allowed me to realize there are so many types of people in this world.”- 11th Grade, 2007

“I learned to respect others opinions and beliefs in regards to any topic. Listening to others opened my eyes.” – 11th Grade, 2008

“Using your leadership skills can change the world around you.” – 9th Grade

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