It has been a busy February so far for the SAIL Pathfinders. We kicked off the month participating in the Pathfinder Bible Experience. The SAILs fielded two teams, both of which spent several months studying the Book of John. This was the first time for these SAILs to participate, and while we did not move on to the next level of competition, their commitment and good sportsmanship was strongly evident in their preparation and performance. We are looking forward to next year!
We also had our winter campout this month, visiting Palmetto State Park for some below-freezing nights and beautiful sunny days. Our focus was on some more traditional camping skills - knife, hatchet, tomahawk, and ax sharpening and use, plus cooking nearly all of our meals on the fire or in dutch ovens, rather than using our portable gas stoves. We were visited by a pileated woodpecker one morning, which studiously worked on a fallen log to find the biggest, juiciest grubs (though it didn't share with us). Our Sabbath service focused on David's Psalms, and the Pathfinders took their turn to write an acrostic psalm, reflecting their experiences and observations during the weekend camping trip. Our nights were blessed with an abundance of stars, a few planets, and even a passing satellite or two, giving us an opportunity to identify and orient by the constellations, and complementing our brief compass practice during our hike. Though the nights were cold, it was a great camping trip, and a wonderful time to be out in God's nature.