Southwest Region’s Chosen

Seven Commit to Follow Jesus at International Camporee
October 24, 2019

OSHKOSH, WIS. – The 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee this past August was truly a memorable experience. Over 55,000 Pathfinders and staff created a tent city of believers around the main stage at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

At the last International Camporee I attended, I served as a district pastor supporting my local church Pathfinder club. This time, I was involved as a Conference Youth Director representing the Southwest Region Conference. It was wonderful to see so many of our young people and staff working together, setting up their campsites and “moving in” to a new home for a week.

Bringing this camporee to fruition took a lot of hard work and planning by our Pathfinder area coordinators and volunteer staff. This Camporee was definitely a success. The events and activities were fun and exciting, but I must say the high point of the Camporee was seeing over 1,000 young people surrender their lives to Jesus.

This Camporee’s theme “Chosen” focused on the life of David and reminded all in attendance that each one of us has a special pre-ordained work to do for God. No matter the challenges and obstacles that may stand in our way—with God on our side, we can be victorious! Through drama, song and word the powerful message was delivered to the Pathfinders nightly.

I am especially proud of the seven young people from the Southwest Region Conference who decided to be baptized and fully commit their lives to Jesus. Like David, these young people have chosen to trust God to direct their lives so that His purposes may be accomplished through them.

Join me in praising God for the Pathfinder Ministry! If you would like to see and download baptism photos visit our Flickr album at

By Tyrone Douglas, Youth Director