Adventurers (Seventh-day Adventist)

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Adventurer Club
Lenço do Líder do Clube de Aventureiros.JPG
Master Guide neckerchief Adventurer Club
MottoBecause Jesus loves me, I can always do my best.
TypeAdventist youth organization
Key people
Jonathan Tejel[1]
WebsiteAdventurers website

The Adventurer Club is a program for young children created by the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) in 1972, similar to Scouting.[2]

Inspired by its "older brother", the Pathfinder Club, the Adventurer Club is a program focused on education of children aged 6–9 years[3][4] with additional sections for children ages 4 and 5.


It was in 1972 that the Seventh-day Adventist Church tried for the first time, to create a specific program for children under ten. The first "prototype" of the Adventurer Club was developed in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Carolee Riegel, a club called "The Beaver."

In 1975, the SDA church in the northeastern United States, conducted a program focused on children in the age group of Adventurers and, five years later, several associations were already following this example.[5]

In 1988, the North American Division of SDA invited interested associations and experts in children to study the formalization of the Adventurer Club. A committee met, a year later (1989) to update the curriculum, specialties and establish standards for the organization and functioning of the club. Leaders participated in this work of Sabbath School Children, educators, coordinators of the Ministry of Children (Adventist department that develops programs specifically for children), and other experts in family and early childhood education. In the same year (1989), the General Conference authorized four classes of Adventurers and aligned them with school grades/age groups:

  • Busy Bee-Grade 1/Age 6
  • Sun Beams-Grade 2/Age 7
  • Builders-Grade 3/Age 8
  • Helping Hands-Grade 4/Age 9

This confirmed the work done by Teresa Reeve. She wrote the Adventurer curriculum in order to "facilitate the child share their faith, to prepare for this life and eternal life."

In 1990, the master plan of the Adventurer Club was started in the North American Division. In 1991, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church has authorized a global program, setting goals, curriculum, flag, uniform and ideals.[6]

Based on work by the Florida Conference the Adventurer Club program has now been expanded to cover:

  • Little Lambs-Pre-K/Age 4
  • Eager Beaver-Kindergarten/Age 5

The names of the levels may vary in different languages and regions. For example, in the South Pacific Division, where there are no native beavers, the Age 5 group is called Little Fish.[7]


  1. ^ Entrevista ao Pr. Jonathan Tejel Archived 2017-12-28 at the Wayback Machine. Juventude Adventista Portuguesa. 2017
  2. ^ Clube de Aventureiros ajuda crianças carentes Archived November 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Brazilian voices (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Lançamento do Clubde de Aventureiros da IASD na Cohab 2 em Bacabal-MA Castro Digital (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Aventureiros Archived 2012-12-03 at Associação Paulistana da IASD (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Classes e Especialidades do Clube de Aventureiros Archived May 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Aventureiros em Ação (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Світогляд – Філософія – Релігія Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine UABS (in Russian)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-05-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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