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Adventist Youth Group Camps in Blair Valley


Last updated 9/2/2015 at 3:56pm

Youngsters came from 85 Seventh-Day Adventist Churches.

This story was featured in the Oct. 30, 1965 issue of the Borrego Sun. It was written by Robert Weaver.

"More than 1300 youngsters from Seventh-Day Adventist Churches in five Southern California counties went camping for three days in Blair Valley, along the old stagecoach trail southwest of Borrego Springs.

The youngsters are called the Pathfinders, ranging in age from 10 to 15. The camporee opened Friday, Oct. 15.

It is an annual event for the Pathfinder clubs of 85 churches in the church's Southeastern California Conference, including San Diego County's nine churches.

The youngsters were greeted by chilly winds when they arrived in Blair Valley. Friday night they gathered around a camp fire in a natural amphitheater for a program.

Washing dishes near campsite is Carol Arrellano, 14, of San Pasqual, a counselor.

Early Saturday - their Sabbath - the youngsters attended two hours of church services, Boys were dressed in khaki uniforms and the girls wore green outfits. They went to an hour of church-school classes and then heard a missionary sermon.

After the church services the group split up for hikes in the rough desert country. That evening attended a campfire to hear a program which included Hawaiian music and a German band. Sunday's activities marked the highlight of the outing with races and skill contests. Bicycle races pitted youngsters by age-groups on a two-tenths of a mile course.

Groups of four competed in a marathon relay race. An obstacle race had the youths bounding over hurdles and tires. The Pathfinders' skills at knot-tying were tested in a knot relay. The club members are required to know how to tie 10 knots."

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