HISTORY OF ADVENTURERS

In order to help children learn more about the Bible, health, and nature, and to help them develop their people skills, the General Conference, in 1939, endorsed the idea of the Adventurer classes of Busy Bee, Sun-beam, Builder, and Helping Hand. In the intervening years, these classes were primarily taught as part of the Adventist School system curricula, often as part of spiritual activities/worships.

In 1972 the Washington Conference sponsored a club for children called “Beavers,” the forerunner of Adventurers, under the direction of Carolee Riegel. The North-eastern Conference is reported to have had a children’s club concept program by 1975. By 1980 many conferences were sponsoring a club for children, though having various titles, including “pre-Pathfinders,” “Adventurers,” or “Beavers.”The Adventurer program was created to assist parents in their important responsibilities as a child’s primary teachers and evangelizers. The program aims to strengthen the parent/child relationship and to further the child’s development in spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas. Through the Adventurer Program, the church, home, and school can work together with the parent to develop a mature, happy child.

The Adventurer Club was created to give children an opportunity to belong to an organized peer group. To join, children are invited to participate in various activities which will improve their social skills. The Adventurer Club involves children in grades 1-4 and their parents. The programming and planning for Adventurers should be simple and short, but creative. Parental involvement provides opportunities for parents to participate in the learning experience.

One of the Adventurer Club objectives is to provide a meaningful and exciting experience as the children look forward with anticipation to some day being Pathfinders.

What is the Adventurer curriculum designed to accomplish?

  • Children will, at their own level, commit their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.
  • Children will gain a positive attitude toward the benefits, joys, and responsibilities of living a Christian life.
  • Children will acquire the habits, skills and knowledge needed to live for Jesus today.
  • Parents and other primary care-givers will become more confident and effective as co-laborers with Christ for their children.

The Adventurer Club provides fun and creative ways for children.

  • to develop a Christ-like character;
    to experience the joy and satisfaction of doing things well;
  • to express their love for Jesus in a natural way;
  • to learn good sportsmanship and strengthen their ability to get along with others;
  • to discover their God-given abilities and to know how to use them to benefit self and serve others,
  • to improve their understanding of what makes families strong.

THE WEST HOUSTON CLUB ADVENTURERS

The purpose of the program is to support parents and caregivers in leading and encouraging their children in a growing, joyful love relationship with Jesus Christ. It offers instructional curriculum, family enrichment, supplementary resources, and volunteer training from within the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy. The Adventurer program should work to fulfill the gospel commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and depends on the support of a congregation strong in mission and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

It is our hope that through the Adventurer Program, the church can work together with the parent to develop a mature, happy child. The church’s greatest resource is our children; therefore, it is imperative that as a church we meet the challenge to provide a program for our children during their early, formative
years. We want right habits, thoughts, motives, dispositions, and attitudes to be established.

It is our desire to see all of our kids in Heaven!!

MEMBERSHIP AND CLASSES

The club is designed for children in grades Pre-K through 4th who strive to abide by the Adventurer Pledge

“Because Jesus loves me, I will always do my best.”

  • Little Lambs – Pre-Kindergarten
  • Eager Beavers – Kindergarten
  • Busy Bees – 1st grade
  • Sunbeams – 2nd grade
  • Builders – 3rd grade
  • Helping Hands – 4th grade

Although the Seventh-day Adventist church sponsors the Adventurer Club, children of all faiths are encouraged and welcome to join.

CLUB MEETINGS

Club meetings are fun-filled and creative. Children learn about the Bible, health, nature, and friendship through honor classes, field trips, camping, arts & crafts, and games.

Meetings are held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month in the West Houston fellowship hall and/or gym.

Please contact us at whoustontigers@gmail.com for more information about fees and current calendar!