RMCNews — Oshkosh Pathfinder Camporee was definitely a feature of the 2019 summer in the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Under a theme “Chosen” it brought 55,000 young people from throughout North America and 100 countries, making it one of the largest gatherings of the church.
Among them was the second-largest contingent of Pathfinders from Rocky Mountain Conference, a part of Mid-American Union Conference. RMC had 581 attendees and was three participants less than Minnesota Conference.
Consider this short report as a teaser of more to come in the next days and weeks. Reporting from Oshkosh was Christine Register Hill. Considered by some the RMC Pathfinder Queen, they form a team to beat together with Papa Don King, her Pathfinder husband. She wrote on her Facebook page, “we have been busy from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.”
Baptisms were likely the biggest feature of this mega youth camp meeting. Jamie Mira, a Pathfinder from Denver South Hispanic, was among the over 1,300 baptized at Oshkosh. Her parents have been Pathfinder Area Coordinators for many years. Her older sister, Betsy, is one of RMC teen reps and she was baptized at the previous Oshkosh Camporee.
“Jamie has been like a granddaughter to us since she was born. She loves Papa Don so much, and he was honored to baptize her. Also, one of the RMC Pathfinders was baptized by her grandfather and many were baptized by their fathers, Christine said.
According to Kiefer Dooley, RMC youth director, there were 15 Pathfinders baptized from among the RMC participants.
Watch this space for more reports from Oshkosh.
—RMC News with Christine Hill and Kiefer Dooley; photos by OUTLOOK MAGAZINE and Christine Hill.