Twice in our past, brave writers have undertaken the task of putting the Youth Department history into print. The first was Matilda Erickson, the very first secretary in the first youth department working with the first director, M. E. Kern. The second one was tried by a historian by the name of Nathaniel Krum, under the guidance of the newly-elected world youth director, Theodore Lucas. No matter how hard one tries, the story gets abbreviated, lost in time, fuzzy and less precise. Also, it easily gets reduced to a few names and dates. We forget that these were/are people; people who loved God; people who have tons of exciting moments, difficult moments, shattered moments, moments we could all learn valuable lessons from. The true heroes are the youth of the past, present and future who follow our aim, “The Advent message to all the world in my generation.”
In this website we are offering you a summary of our history. For a detail history of youth ministries refer to the “AY Story.” (See resources)
The 1st Camporee in Western Africa (in picture) is held from August 9 to 13 in Sahel Union.
"Underground Evangelism" is launched in the South Pacific Division.
The 1st International Youth Leadership Conference (in the picture) is held in Aguas de Lindoia, Brazil, August 9 to 13.
John Hancock, 2nd World Pathfinder Director and 6th World Youth Director, dies on February 22.
The 3rd South American Division Youth Congress is held in Chile, January 7 to 12.
The South Philippine Union Youth Congress is held May 7 to 11.
The 1st Youth Leadership Certification for the South East Asia Union is held in Bangkok, September 2 to 7.
The 1st Youth Leadership Certification for the Southern Asia Divsion is held in Kolkata, India, October 15 to 21.
Satellite Youth Evangelism is used in Inter-American Division with over 60,000 baptisms reported.
The 1st Pathfinder Camporee in Bangladesh is held from November 19 to 25.
The South Asia Pacific Division holds their Youth Leadership Certification.
Laurence Skinner, 1st World Pathfinder Director dies July 10.
Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Youth dedicate a Memorial to those who died from tobacco use. The monument was placed in a very public park of Bucharest and received national TV coverage.
|Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Youth dedicate a Memorial to those who died from tobacco use|
The 1st Pan-African Camporee (in the picture) is held in Nairobi, Kenya, August 14 to 23 under the direction of Eugene Fransch and Jean-Pierre Mulumba.
The 1st World Youth Conference on Youth and Community Service (WCYCS) is held in Bangkok, Thailand, December 25, 2003 to January 4, 2004.
"Faith on Fire" International Camporee is held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 10 to 14 with over 30,000 in attendance. This included representatives from nearly 100 countries.
The 1st West African Division Camporee (in the picture) is held in Lome, Togo.
The newly revised Gold and Silver Awards are introduced.
The Southeastern California Conference celebrates their 50th Camporee.
|Southeastern California Conference 50th Camporee|
The All-Europe Youth Congress is held in Poland, August 4 to 7.
The Euro-Asia Division holds a Youth Congress in Moscow, August 10 to 14.
The North Asia Pacific Division AMiCUS Congress is organized.
Elijah Project is inaugurated.
The 3rd South American Division Camporee "Fountain of Hope" is held under the leadership of Erton Kohler.
|3rd South American Division Camporee
||At the Camporee: from left, Jose Maria Silva (Director of the II SAD Camporee), Claudio Belz (Director of the I SAD Camporee), and Erton Kohler (Director of III SAD Camporee).|
The South Pacific Division Youth Congress is held in Fiji, Janaury 1 - 5.
The World Youth Advisory is held in Mt. Aetna, Maryland, March 26 to April 2.
Atlantic Union Conference Pathfinder Camporee – Rhode Islands, May 4-7, 2006. THEME: “Light it Up.” 5,000 in attendance. Coordinated by Bill Wood, AUC Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, GC Associate Youth Director, Nick Kross, SPD Associate Youth Director, Manny Cruz, Associate NAD Youth Director.
INTER AMERICAN DIVISION Youth Leadership Conference – Port of Spain, Trinidad Tobago – 3-14 July 2006. 200 were in attendance. GC representative: H I Missah, Associate Youth Director.
TED Division Camporee is held in Denmark, July 25 to August 1 2006 (in the picture). GC representative: Jonatan Tejel as Pathfinder World Director. TED Youth Director Paul Tompkins. 1,700 Pathfinders were in attendance.
INTER AMERICAN DIVISION – Haiti Union Mission Youth Congress – Port of Prince, Haiti, 23-30 August 2006. Coordinated by Pierre Caporal. 400 were in attendance. IAD representatives: Bernardo Rodriguez, Youth Director; Balvin Braham, Associate Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, Associate Youth Director.
CHILE UNION MISSION YOUTH CONGRESS – Arica, Chile, 4-7 January 2007. THEME: “A Winner Every Day.” Coordinated by Leonardo Gajardo, CUM Youth Director. 1,000 youth in attendance. GC representative: H I Missah, Associate Youth Director.
More than 6,000 Pathfinders throughout the South Pacific gathered in Australia to attend the first-ever South Pacific Division (SPD) Pathfinder Camporee 9-14 January 2007. An initiative of the division’s Adventist Youth Ministries, the camporee took place at the Seventh-day Adventist Convention Centre in Stuarts Point, New South Wales, Australia. The motto The Twelfth Gate.
3rd Puerto Rican Union Camporee, 16-19 February 2007 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. The motto; United in Christ.
EAST CENTRAL AFRICA DIVISION Youth Congress – Mukono, Uganda, April 1-9, 2007. Attended by 400 delegates. Coordinated by Mulumba Tshimanga, ECD Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, GC Associate Youth Director.
On May 15, the Youth Ministries Department celebrates 100 years!
First Trans European Division Master Guide Camporee in Holland. 24-27 May 2007.
|First Trans European Division Master Guide Camporee|
South Pacific Division - New Zealand Pacific Union Conference Youth Rally – Manukau, New Zealand, June 2-4, 2007 – 1,000 in attendance. Coordinated by Togamau Tuaoi, NZPUC Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, GC Associate Youth Director.
Southern Asia-Pacific Division - East Indonesian Union Conference Youth 100th celebration – Kawangkoan, North Celebes, Indonesia, June 26-30, 2007 – 2,600 delegates in attendance. Coordinated by Tommy Wuysang, EIUC Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, GC Associate Youth Director.
Inter American Division Youth Congress – Medellin, Colombia – July 24 – 28, 2007 - 6,000 delegates in attendance, on Sabbath – 15,000 people attended. THEME: “Reclaiming Our Youth.” Coordinated by Bernardo Rodriguez, IAD Youth Director and Balvin Braham, IAD Associate Youth Director. GC representatives: Baraka Muganda, GC Youth Director, Hiskia I Missah, GC Associate Youth Director.
Euro African Division Camporee held in Fountainbleu (Paris). July 31st to August 5th. This event has been attended by about 1.500 teens coming from all parts of the European Countries, and also some other countries from the rest of the world. The Logo and Motto are created in the perspective to help our teens to recognize the value of a coherent lifestyle. "Turn to the Light" has been a call for them to realise that their contribution is precious to generate an effective society, where peace, tolerance and respect towards everybody are the basis of the life.
|2007 Euro African Division Camporee Logo|
The North England Conference created a patch in their Rally Day for the Centennial Celebration
|NEC Rally Day 2007 - Centennial Celebration|
The South Pacific Division holds Move with the Power II in Brisbane, Australia, August 9 to 13.
Feb/March: Just Claim it Prayer Conference in Dallas, Texas; Director James Black
The 2nd World Youth Conference on Youth and Community Service (WCYCS) is held in Taipei, Taiwan, December 24, 2007 to January 5, 2008.
Northeast Indian Union – SUD – 7th Day Tlang Aizawl, Mizoram – January 12 -21, 2008 – 1,000 delegates in attendance. Coordinated by Lionel Lyngdoh, SUD Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, Associate Youth Director.
South Mexican Union Adventurers Camporee, March 16-20, 2008. The motto was; Aventureros a la altura de Jesus.
|South Mexican Union Adventurers Camporee|
Mexican Inter Union Master Guide Camporee in Xalostoc, Morelos, March 18-22, 2008. The motto has been; Escaladores al Encuentro... İListos Señor!
Mexican Inter UnionMaster Guide Camporee
Austrian national Pathfinder Camporee at Whitsun, May 8-12th, 2008. The Camporee has been hold on a scout-campus near Salzburg called Pfadfinderdorf Zellhof.
Camporee in Babarian Conference, May 14 to 17, 2008. The general topic of the camp has been “30 Years Pathfinder Camp in Bavaria – Tracks for Life”.
2nd Dominican Republic Union Camporee in Santo Domingo, July 24-27. The motto for the Camporee was Mirando al Invisible (Looking to the Invisible). The logo is at the left side.
Inter American Division – Caribbean Union Conference – Paynters, Antigua – 11-18 August 2008 – 4,000 Pathfinders were in attendance. THEME: “Angels on Fire.” Coordinated by Clive “Alive” Dottin, CUC Youth Director. IAD representatives: Bernardo Rodriguez, Youth Director, Balvin Braham, Associate Youth Director. GC representative: H I Missah, Associate Youth Director.
IV Chilenan Union National Camporee. Hold in Picarquin in January 6-11th 2009 under the leadership of David Victoriano.
Southern Asia Division Pathfinder Camporee on January 14-17, 2009. Hold in a place about 30 kilometers away from Bangalore.
1st South Central American Union Camporee in Orotina, Costa Rica. April 7-11, 2009. Three countries were together for this Camporee: Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
February: UNeB Pathfinder Camporee, Natal, Brazil
April 7-11: Just Claim It II Prayer Conference, Columbus, Ohio
May: Atlantic Union Pathfinder Camporee
September: Lake Union Pathfinder Camporee
March 7-10: Just Claim It Prayer Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina
March 28-April 1: Pacific Union Pathfinder Camporee, San Bernadino, California
July 25-29: Mid America Union Pathfinder Camporee, South Dakota
August 7-11: NSD hosts 1st Division Camporee in Korea
August 8-11: Columbia Union Pathfinder Camporee, Camp Mohaven, Ohio
September 13-16: North Pacific Union Pathfinder Camporee, Astoria, Oregon
October 3-7: Southwest Union Pathfinder Camporee, Lake Whitney, Texas
October 10-14: Southern Union Pathfinder Camporee, Camp Kulaqua, Florida