In an on-going effort to improve the Pathfindering experience for leaders and young people, conference Pathfinder director Travis Sager recently coordinated a Leadership Track weekend at Broken Arrow Ranch. Nearly 50 leaders came together for four sessions: Youth Ministry, taught by Shayne Daughenbaugh; Adventurer, taught by Anne Wham; Pathfinder, taught by Sager; and Master Guide, taught by Kathy Story.

“The purpose of this weekend was to spend time together focusing on our leadership and ministry,” Sager said. “You can’t replace the relationships and confidence-building with each other.”

Recently retired from the Dakota Conference, Wham brought more than 40 years of Pathfinder experience to teach the Adventurer track. “My mission statement is found in Psalm 71:17-18. This is what motivates me,” she noted. “When the lights come on and the Pathfinders get it about Jesus and accept Him as their own, those are the rewards I receive.”

Maria Johnson, who has spent eight years working with Lincoln’s Piedmont Park Pathfinders and Adventurers, said, “I would like to be able to support the incoming kids in our groups and to help them realize their God- given talents.”

A Master Guide veteran of 32 years, Story is teaching Johnson and others how to join the ranks of the (currently) 8,249 Master Guides in North America. “I enjoy helping others so they are able to work with their kids and become successful in their Pathfinder clubs,” Story said.

Steve Ladig, Pathfinder director of the College View Church club in Lincoln, said, “I see young people who grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus and who take on responsibility and leadership at their church or school.” Ladig supported the event by transporting on the bus 36 attendees from the Lincoln area.

For information about getting involved with Pathfinders, contact Travis Sager at or 785.478.4726.

News writer/photographer John Treolo is communication director for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.