New Pathfinders

 

Click here to view the information booklet for new members.

 

Please complete the annual online registration for each of your pathfinder aged children and if you intend being a parent helper please complete for yourself as well.

Note: we would encourage you to read the club policies in the Parents Area before registering your child (or yourself).

 

Click here to register.

 

Annual fees Per Pathfinder Without Sibling Discount With Sibling Discount
New Pathfinders (Rego + Field Shirt + Sash + Compass) $150.00 $145.00
Returning Pathfinders (Rego only) $80.00 $75.00

 

 

Financial Assistance

If these costs are likely to cause financial hardship please contact the Pathfinder Director, because we don’t want this to stop your child from joining our club.

 

 

Parent helpers and leaders:  All adults who attend any camp or have any involvement with the club are asked to complete the medical and registration forms, as well as a Working With Children Check, all located on the pathfinder website. The WWCC is to be applied for online at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au  Following application you will receive an application number which you will need to take to a NSW Motor Registry for identification purposes.  When you receive your results forward these to Narelle Arblaster (relishd@gmail.com) for our records.

 

Camping Fees

Members

These vary according to the type and duration of the Club Camp, however are generally $35 per camp per member. Camp applications will be available online prior to each camp at the pathfinder web site at wallsendpathfinders.com  This will advise if the cost of the camp applies only to the pathfinder or if any attending adults are also required to contribute to cover their costs.

Non members

Rates for one off camps are normally around $50 per camp. A child who is not annually registered may attend on the condition that they complete the online registration and medical forms as well as the camp attendance registration form.  The person may only attend once on this arrangement.

 

Notifications and Online Registrations

Camp information and online permission registration will be available on the pathfinder web site 2-3 weeks prior to each camp. The email address and mobile phone that you provided at registration will be used as your primary contact.  All details pertaining to departure and arrival times will be included on that information form.   There will be information provided about an emergency contact person for each camp.  There will be a ‘camp nurse’ who will be attending each camp.  You will be informed of who the nurse is so that if there is any medical information specific to your child it can be discussed  prior to departure.  Any medications or recent illnesses should be noted on the returned permission form.
 

(This will be strictly adhered to due to the increasing size of the club and complexity of arranging adequate transportation for Pathfinders. Please respect the club leadership in this regard, as all staff give of their valuable time freely and generously behind the scenes to arrange each camping experience.  The added stress to leaders of chasing applications and late payment is something that should be avoided if possible. If you will have difficulty getting your child to the departure point on time, please notify a leader so alternative arrangements can be made.)
 

Online registration for each Pathfinder and Leader for each camp must be complete prior to departure.  This is an insurance requirement.

 

Parent Helpers

Parents of first time pathfinders are invited to attend their first camp.  We do ask however that if parents wish to attend other camps during the year that this be discussed with the leaders. You will be required to actively engage in club activities, to camp in a tent (no caravans or camper trailers), honour our club philosophy and culture, and to encourage your child/children to engage fully in the pathfinder program of activities.  We discourage ‘helicopter parenting’, that is parents who hover and fuss over their kids. But we understand that there is a process of growth for both the children and parents attending camps for the first time and wish to make this transition to being an independent Pathfinder as stress-free and enjoyable for families and kids as possible.  Parents of new Pathfinders are encouraged to prepare their children at home by practicing camp cooking and camp meal preparation in particular. Our club is staffed by a good number of enthusiastic and experienced parent leaders who are committed to the well being and safety of your children during our camps.

If any parents have any particular skill, experience or qualification in conducting outdoor activities, driving buses or other things that would be of benefit to the club please discuss this with the pathfinder director. We are always interested in finding new places to go and  providing new experiences for the kids.

Expectations of parent helpers:

  • All parents who attend camp are asked to assist with transporting kids to and from the camp (any exceptions to this need to be discussed with the logistics co-ordinator). Petrol money can be reimbursed if a receipt is provided to the treasurer. Please ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and covered by appropriate insurances.
  • Parents who wish to attend camps are invited to attend and observe their first camp.
  • Following that you are asked to take on role of assistant in some capacity and to actively seek opportunities on each camp to be involved in activities, supervision of cooking and meal preparation and camp set up, attend all leaders briefings during the weekend, etc.
  • You will also be buddied up with a more experienced pathfinder leader to assist in the camp planning process for upcoming camps. This allows for the planning load to be spread across more leaders, allows new leaders to learn how to lead and plan camping events and activities, and brings in fresh ideas to our program.
  • You need to be aware of Child Protection principles and to adhere to these at all times. This is both for the protection of the Pathfinders as well as yourself. All Adults who participate in Pathfinders need to fill out the Working With Children Check.  The WWWC is to be applied for online at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au  Following application you will receive an application number which you will need to take to a NSW Motor Registry for identification purposes.  When you receive your results forward these to Narelle Arblaster (relishd@gmail.com) for our records.

Working with Children

If you are going to be a parent helper or staff member you need to be aware of Child Protection principles and to adhere to these at all times. This is both for the protection of the Pathfinders as well as yourself. Our ‘Child-Safe Code of Conduct’ provides details on these principles and their application. It can be downloaded here.

All Adults who participate in Pathfinders need to fill out the Working With Children Check.  The WWCC is to be applied for online at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au  Following application you will receive an application number which you will need to take to a NSW Motor Registry for identification purposes.  When you receive your results please forward these to Narelle Arblaster (relishd@gmail.com) for our records.

 

Uniforms

Wallsend Pathfinder Club Uniform Policy

Wallsend Pathfinder Club has two uniforms:  A Field Uniform is worn to most events and camps and a Dress Uniform is worn to special events such as Anzac Day march, Camporee, Fairs and Investiture.

The Field Uniform is a green and black polo shirt with Club logo.

The Dress Uniform consists of:

BOYS Green short sleeve shirtDark green long trousers
Black belt (school belt acceptable)
Black socks
Black lace-up shoes (school shoes appropriate)
Scarf and Woggle
Sash
GIRLS White short sleeve shirtDark green skirt
White socks
Black lace-up shoes (school shoes appropriate)
Scarf and Woggle
Sash

The Field Shirt and sash (used for attaching honour patches) are included in the cost of your New Pathfinder Registration.  Additional Field Shirts can be purchased as needed for $30 and additional sashes for $15.

Dress Uniform Hire Policy

The Dress Uniform can be expensive and children grow quickly, therefore, the Wallsend Pathfinder Club has a pool of uniforms available for hire.  Items that can be hired include:

Boys shirt and trousers                                                                       These cost
Girls shirt and skirt                                                                              approx. $120
Scarf and woggle (most people purchase these for $20)               to purchase

To hire the Dress Uniform there is an initial deposit of $60.  This is paid when your child joins the Club and is refunded when your child finishes or leaves the Club, provided all hired items are returned and are in good condition.

In addition to this deposit there is a $20 fee for the uniform, payable when it is first received. Each time an item of uniform is exchanged for a different size, a $5 fee is payable. This covers the cost of cleaning and purchase of new uniforms.

For all uniform enquiries please contact Verlie Readett on 0413 154 724 or rite2verlz@hotmail.com

All purchases are to be paid by direct deposit to the following account:
Account Name:   Wallsend SDA Church Pathfinder
BSB:   032509         Account No:   227458
Bank Reference:   (Surname) Uniform  (eg.  Jones Uniform)

 

Award Ceremony

The annual Award Ceremony takes place during a church service run by the pathfinders and is usually held in late November or early December.  Each child is encouraged to achieve the requirements so they can advance to the next level.
 

To receive the award for the year level, Pathfinders must participate in at least 75% of the club’s annual program.  Attendance in 75% of the club activities includes campouts, camporee, expedition, pathfinder fair, community projects and fundraising.
 

The award ceremony is also where each Pathfinder receives the various honour patches and awards they have earned during the year.