On August 24, 1950, the Board of the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Conference officially recognized the Pathfinder Club program. They approved a booklet that should be used as a guide in organizing clubs. They also recommended that meetings be held weekly, or once every two weeks on a weekday, and that activities should include field trips, camping, hobbies, and recreation. The clubs were given the name Pathfinder Club in the USA; in other places, they would receive an understandable name in the local language, like Desbravadores in Brazil, and Conquistadores in Spanish-speaking countries, and many others around the world, but always using the same symbols and program.

South America

In 1955, the first South American club began in the city of Lima, Peru, under the leadership of the couple Nercida and Armando Ruiz. In their second year of activities, the Peruvian club led ten pathfinders to baptism through Bible class. It was the beginning of an evangelistic partnership between the pathfinders and the baptismal classes. This partnership would make the clubs one of the church’s most powerful tools for evangelism.


In the late 1950s, Jairo Tavares de Araújo, the Adventist youth leader of the South American Division, then based in Uruguay, prepared a short manual on how to organize a Pathfinder Club to encourage the development of new clubs. The advertising of the South American Division provoked the parallel development of Pathfinder clubs in places in Brazil such as São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul.


I Campori Sul-Americano
Foz do Iguaçu – PR
“From Nature to the Creator”
5.200 Participants


II Campori Sul-Americano
Ponta Grossa – PR

In the path of the pioneers”
10.000 Participants


III Campori Sul-Americano
Santa Helena – PR
“Fountain of Hope”
20.000 Participants


IV Campori Sul-Americano
Barretos – SP
“Encounter Marked in Eternity”
35.000 Participants