Founded in 1995, PathFinder Missions exists to construct churches, Ranger camps, Christian schools, clinics, orphanages, missionary dwellings, or anything a missionary needs to build God’s Kingdom at home in the USA, or in the most remote areas of the world.
Teams need a variety of construction talents, such as carpentry, masonry, framework, post and beam work, and native material construction. Accepting the challenge of a Royal Rangers PathFinder Missions trip may also require you to use your campcraft, woodsmanship, backpacking, and survival skills.
PathFinder Missions trips are classified by three levels of intensity, from entry level to advanced, and awarded accordingly:
The Bronze PathFinder Mission — U.S. Missions construction projects outside one’s home district. (Such as Indian reservations or in urban settings.)
The Silver PathFinder Mission — Overseas projects to moderately accessible construction sites with basic conveniences. (Such as churches, Rangers camps, or orphanages.)
The Gold PathFinder Mission — Overseas construction projects to harsh, remote areas of the world where other teams are unable to go due to the tough living conditions of these assignments. (Such as packing or boating equipment and building supplies to site.)
PathFinders conduct MAPS Construction projects on Indian reservations where conditions often require them to sleep in tents and prepare their own meals. When called upon to do so, they are willing to live and perform assignments in tough rainforest or jungle conditions. They travel up the Andes Mountains at 15,000 feet, into the scorching or sometimes freezing deserts, up the Amazon River, or into the heart of Africa. While PathFinders are self-sufficient and thrive on adventure, the work conditions don’t define the mission, but rather the condition of the lost.