We held our third annual SAIL Pathfinder Club campout Feb 24-26 at Pedernales Falls State Park. The Junior Unit set up base camp just above one of the nature trails, the Senior Unit backpacked into the wilderness camping area. After a near freezing night (but resplendent with stars) the units met together for Church Sabbath morning, crossing the river to reach the rocky shores for a talk about "blowing the horn," and watched related skits performed by the Pathfinders. After a haystack lunch together, the units split up again. Over the weekend, the Senior Unit focused on orienteering, went on a scavenger hunt for some hidden soup, and took a few cross-country shortcuts. The Junior unit focused on tracks, trails, and trail markers, cast animal tracks, and tried to calculate the width of the river using triangles. It was great having a campfire again, after the past few years of burn bans. The weekend was topped off with a Baptism in the river.
We had a wonderful time out at Pedernales Falls this weekend. The nights were a bit chilly (some may even claim it was downright cold, but I only saw a little frost on the plants), but the days were sunny and warm. We will have a fuller report of the weekend soon, but I did not want to wait to share the best part of the weekend - we ended the campout with a baptism of one of the members, right there in the Pedernales River. Her decision for baptism in a public place was in part a desire to inspire others with her public display of her love for God. We were all truly blessed by the experience, and I know the angels in heaven joined us in rejoicing.
The campout is nearly upon us. We will be loading the vehicles at 4:30, so try to be at the church between 4:00 and 4:30. We will be pulling out at 4:45 sharp. For all, remember we will have cool evenings and pleasant, but not hot, days, so bring appropriate clothing.
Reminder to the Junior unit - bring a sack dinner, but no other food allowed (we cannot have food in the tents at base camp). Also, don’t forget your height, height to eyes and pace length.
For Senior unit, you may want to review the Orienteering honor requirements and Kjetil Kjernsmo's illustrated guide on How to use a compass. In addition, you can review a USGS topo map of Hammetts Crossing, which includes Pedernales Falls State Park.
The SAIL Pathfinder Club will be debuting the new movie "The Secret of the Fossil" in January as a club fundraiser. More information coming soon!