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Feature: Good News from Oshkosh Pathfinder Camporee

Birds-eye-view of Pathfinders gathering for the nightly evening program at the International Pathfinder Camporee held in Oshkosh, WI, August  11-16, 2014.
Below is an email sent to the local newspaper at Oshkosh by one of the offsite activity providers. Thank you to our Seventh-day Adventist youth for their witness to Jesus!

"To the Northwestern Editorial Staff:

Please allow me to publicly share one of a very few equally remarkable weeks in my life of 52 years---3 full days of taking our wonderful guests out sailing on our beautiful lakefront last week--the young people attending the Pathfinder Camporee from around the nation and around the globe.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week, I, along with other staff from our community sailing group, had not only the good fortune to be out on Lake Winnebago with these incredible young people, but in a more profound way, I had the chance to spend three days with high school-aged kids who were (to a person)--polite, engaged, kind, fun, great conversationalists, courageous, thankful for the chance to be sailing on our waters, and thankful to be in our fair city.

I'm writing as the experience of those days was so moving--not a harsh word, no utterances of profanity, sexual innuendos, no put-downs or ill-wishes. The utter example left with us by these young people--"Let your life (actions, words, behaviors) speak, using words when necessary," was the subject of conversation in our family nightly. As an active Catholic, I found the case for whatever it is within 7th-Day Adventism which brings these youth to this state is to be undeniably compelling. Kids from Newark, Los Angeles, Houston, Baltimore, Dallas, Alberta, Romania, Kenya, Chile....all seemingly from the same springboard with regard to this life---compassion. love, service. In the end, the best in Christianity.

Thank you to my new friends for a remarkable, memorable, and life-changing experience during your stay with us here in Oshkosh.

Steve Eliasen
International Youth Sailing/Oshkosh"

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