The SAIL Pathfinders just returned from a weekend visit to Corpus Christi, where we spent a wonderful few days with the Titans of Christ Pathfinder Club. After arriving in Corpus Christi Sabbath afternoon, we had our lunch and then held a worship service on the beach, led by the club chaplain. Drawing inspiration from the sand and sea, the birds and the breeze, the SAILs broke into small groups to build sculptures in the sand representing various aspects of God’s love and the spiritual waters. As we were finishing our worship service, the Titans joined us on the beach for an afternoon of fellowship, enjoyment of God’s creation, and the discovery of several different sea creatures. in the evening we joined the Titans for a vespers service and some camp cooking, complete with our signature pizza-tacos and s’mores (cooked over the gas stoves). The evening was spent in games and fellowship with our excellent hosts, the Titans. in the morning, it was up bright and early (well, it was still dark out, so should we call it dark and early?) for breakfast, packing up gear, a morning vespers, and off to the Texas State Aquarium (http://www.texasstateaquarium.org/), where we pet sharks, learned about dolphins, and saw a display of various birds. The trip also helped several of the Pathfinders complete work on their Marine Mammals honor, and begin work on the new Sharks honor. We were also treated to a show by wild dolphins swimming by in the waters outside the aquarium. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend, with great weather, new friends, and a chance to observe some of the wonders of God’s creation.
SAIL Pathfinders finished 2013 strong and have already launched into 2014 with ambitious plans. Toward the end of December, the SAILs returned to Bastrop to continue with the tree planting efforts as remediation from the 2011 wildfires. Already, some of the plantings from the previous year are looking more vigorous, and in a few decades, we will be able to return to the part and admire our small contributions towering above us.
The SAILs began January with a practice session for the Pathfinder Bible Experience, having studied Second Samuel in preparation for the area-level program coming up in February. The two SAIL teams had a chance to assess their knowledge in a realistic practice, and both did fairly well, but will continue studying and preparing. The SAILs also began their regular meetings, and the Junior unit learned to make rope and practice knots.
We are now looking forward to our overnight in Corpus Christi, some time on the beach, worship and fellowship together with other Pathfinders, and a visit to the aquarium to study marine mammals and sharks.
Looking forward to a great 2014.
The SAIL Pathfinders held our weekend overnight out at the ranch, and once again it rained. It always rains when we camp at the ranch, though this time we only had half an hour of rain, the storm skirting south of us, with only a small spur skimming over out site. Overall the weather was beautiful, a perfect environment for fellowship together in God’s natural world.
We had quite a full agenda this weekend, learning about camp sanitation (and digging cat holes and slit trenches), evaporative camp refrigerators (we built a test model, and the temperature inside was nearly 20 degrees cooler than the temperature of the control), lashing, fire building, practicing various camp cooking methods (reflector ovens, dutch ovens and the traditional way - on sticks), and testing out our search and rescue and first aid techniques.
We are now gearing up for our annual October food drive to help stock the Austin South Food Pantry, and preparing for the November Central Texas Camporee.