AY Staff Training

For Staff of the Discovery, Adventurer and Pathfinder Clubs

We hold the AY 10-hour training once a year, usually in January. We find a good way to recruit new staff is to include the parents in the training.  The two hours on Friday night are called Parent Orientation, and we have the club leaders provide an activity or babysitting for the children.  On Sabbath afternoon we encourage the parents to attend and then give them a certificate for the 5-hour parent training course.(The combined Friday and Sabbath classes)  On Sunday, we invite any parent who would like to train to become a staff member to participate. Below is a Sample Schedule

Sample Parent Orientation & Staff Training

Discovery(D), Adventurer(A) & Pathfinder(P) Tracks


 Friday Night

 Required Parent Orientation

Class 1DAP-History & Philosophy of the AY Ministry (60 min.)

Objective:  To develop an awareness of the purpose and uniqueness of the AY ministry and to review its history.

  • ____       History of Pathfindering & Adventuring
  • ____       Club Emblems
  • ____       The AY as a Ministry
  • ____       Philosophy and Purpose
  • ____       The Complete AY Curriculum

Class 2DA-The Scope & Sequence of the Adventurer/Discovery Curriculum (60 min.)
Objective : To learn the scope and sequence of the Discovery & Adventurer curricula, and to learn ways of developing one’s creative style of teaching.

  • ____       The Baby Birds Program
  • ____       The Discovery Curriculum
  • ____       The Adventurer Curriculum

Class 2P-Scope and Sequence of the Pathfinder Curriculum (60 min.)

Objective:  To become familiar with  the scope and sequence of the Pathfinder and TLT curricula.

  • ____       The Pathfinder Curriculum
  • ____       The TLT Curriculum

 Sabbath Afternoon

Required for Parent 5-hour Training

Class 3DAP-Club Organization (60 min.)

Objective: To introduce the basic procedures and policies relevant to the establishment and maintenance of the AY Clubs.

  • ____       The Structure of the AY Organization
  • ____       Club membership
  • ____       Uniforms, Finance,& Insurance
  • ____       Calendar & Handbook

Class 4AD-Child Development and Discipline (60 min.)

Objective:  To understand the developmental needs of children, and how to relate to them effectively, and to learn positive methods of discipline.

  • ____       Developmental Characteristics of Children
  •                                 Toddler
  •                                 Preschool
  •                                 Adventurers
  • ____       Principles of Effective Club Discipline
  •                                 Discipline vs. Punishment
  •                                 Discipline Procedures
  •                                 Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse
  •                                 Motivating Adventurers & Discovery

Class 4P-Pathfinder Development and Discipline (60 min.)

Objective:  To understand the developmental needs of pathfinders, and how to relate to them effectively, and to learn positive methods of discipline.      

  • ____       Developmental Characteristics of Children
  •                                 Pre-Adolescence (5th & 6th grader),
  •                                 Early-Adolescence (7th & 8th graders)
  •                                 Middle (9th & 10th graders) Adolescence
  • ____       Principles of Effective Club Discipline
  •                                 Discipline vs. Punishment
  •                                 Discipline Procedures
  •                                 Motivating Pathfinders
  •                                 Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse

Class 5AD-Adventurer Family Networking (60 min.)

Objective:  To recognize the parents as the primary evangelizer of their children and learn how to support it.

  • ____       Family Network Meetings
  • ____       Steps for Organizing the Network
  • ____       Family Involvement
  • ____       Parental Empowerment
  • ____       Parent Pin
  • ____       Resources & Topics

Class 5P-Pathfinder Outreach Ministry Curriculum (60 min.)

Objective:  To learn how to empower the true potential of what an army “such as this rightly trained” could accomplish. 

  • ____       Historical Setting
  • ____       Examples of Outreach
  • ____       Planning an Activity
  • ____       Resources
  • ____       How to Witness to your Teen

 Sunday

For Staff Only

 Class 6DAP-Club Leadership (60 min.)

Objective: To learn concepts and strategies that will facilitate successful leadership, and to develop new leadership skills.

  • ____      Leadership Structure
  • ____       Leadership Defined
  • ____       Duties of Leaders and Staff
  • ____       Attitudes and Qualities of Christian Leaders
  • ____       Styles of Leadership
  • ____       Leadership Roles and Functions
  • ____       Leadership Traits
  • ____      Teaching Strategies and Creativity

Class 7-Physical Learning and Games (60 min.)

Objective:  To understand the benefits that can be obtained through physical activity and games.

  • ____       Physical Milestones
  • ____       Game Presentation and Leadership

Class 7AP-Drill and Ceremonies (60in.)

Objective:  To understand the benefits that can be obtained through a program of drill and ceremonies        

  • ____       Philosophy for Drill and Ceremonies
  • ____       Club Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • ____       Drill Commands
  • ____       Flag Courtesy

Class 8D-Discovery Club Programming and Planning (60 min.)

Objective:  To provide a background for leaders that will enable them to plan and coordinate a successful Discovery Club ministry within the local church.

  • ____       Yearly Program Outline
  • ____       Special Programs (Enrollment, Induction, Investiture)
  • ____       Discovery Club Meeting Structure
  • ____       Baby Birds Club Meeting Structure
  • ____       Promoting the Program to the Church

Class 8A-Adventurer Club Programming and Planning (60 min.)

Objective:  To provide a background for leaders that will enable them to plan and coordinate a successful Adventurer ministry within the local church.    

  • ____       Yearly Program Outline
  • ____       Adventurer Club Meeting Structure
  • ____       Required Programs (Enrollment, Induction, Investiture, Share-Your-Faith)
  • ____       Local Church Programs (Adventurer Sabbath, Sabbath School Program, Field Trips)
  • ____       Conference Events & Recognition (Adventurer Rally, Fun Day, Family Camp, Club of the Year)
  • ____       Promoting the Program to the Church

Class 8P-Pathfinder Club Programming and Planning (60  min.)

Objective:  To provide a background for leaders that will enable them to plan and coordinate a successful Pathfinder ministry within the local church.

  • ____       Yearly Program
  • ____       Weekly Club Meetings
  • ____       Conference Events (Fair, Camporee, Division Camporee)
  • ____       Special Programs (Enrollment, Pathfinder Sabbath, Induction, Investiture, Formal Inspection)
  • ____       Promoting the Program to the Church

 Class 9DA-How to Make the Parent Your Teaching Partner (60 min.)

Objective:  To develop the skills necessary for a positive interaction with the parents, and to motivate them to teach their own children.

  • ____       Parent Orientation
  • ____       Importance of Communication
  • ____       Monthly/Semi-Monthly Reports
  • ____       Importance of Home Visitation

Class 9P-Camping Logistics (60 min.)

Objective:  To learn of basics of camping and how to prepare for the physical needs of the campout         

  • ____       Philosophy of Camping & Pathfinder Camping Code
  • ____       Types of Camping
  • ____       Basic Components of Good Camping
  • ____       Menu Planning

Class 10D-Preparing Your Discoverers for Adventurers (60 min.)

Objective:  To introduce the Adventurer program to Discovery leaders, to equip  them to promote  the program to the kindergartners  and their parents..

  • ____      Adventurer Calendar
  • ____       Conference Activities (Adventurer Rally, Fun Day, Family Camp)
  • ____       Semi-Monthly Meeting Structure
  • ____       The Transition of Growing Up

Class 10A-Preparing Your Adventurers for Pathfinders (60 min.)

Objective:  To introduce the Pathfinder program to Adventurer leaders, to equip  them to promote  the program to the 4th grade Adventurer and their parents.               

  • ____       Pathfinder Calendar
  • ____       Conference Activities (Camporees, Fair, Special Events)
  • ____       Weekly Meeting Structure
  • ____       The Transition of Growing Up

Class 10P-Camping Programming (60 min.)

Objective:  To  learn how to use the precious hours of a campout to maximize the spiritual growth and  outdoor proficiency of the Pathfinders.

  • ____      Spiritual Programming
  • ____       AY Requirements
  • ____       Outdoor Activities
  • ____       Maximizing the Camping Experience