“The Pathfinder program, for our oldest youths, is based on the “patrol system”, a traditional scouting structure that encourages scout self-reliance, self-governance, cooperation, and leadership. Adult leaders provide guidance and support in activities such as outdoor skills training, safety training, learning a code of ethics based on “honor,” badgework, and the planning of camping, hiking, and canoeing trips, as well as service-based projects.The program promotes the “pathfinding”, pioneering spirit in the scout while emphasizing the value of supporting and cooperating with adults and peers to accomplish projects and goals. The Pathfinder motto is ‘Be prepared.
Pathfinder Troops operate in Patrols of 6 to 8 members, led by a Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with an adult leader for discipline, activity planning, and training the less-experienced members. The program is based upon Robert Baden-Powell‘s book, Scouting for Boys.
- Hat: Khaki/olive/brown campaign style, flat-brim, four-dent hat with leather band on the crown. A beret, green or red, is also permitted with appropriate metal pin or patch on front.
- Shirt: Safari/Bush-style long-sleeve work shirt with two front pockets (flap w/ buttons) and shoulder epaulets in slate gray
- Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: dark blue, khaki, green or gray
- Belt: Khaki, brown, dark blue webbing belt.
- Necker: 36″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat.
- Socks: Knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside with shorts, of approved color: dark blue, khaki, green, or gray.
- Shoes: brown or black