These early clubs were supported and encouraged by Elder Guy Mann, the Youth Director, and his associate Laurance A. Skinner in the Southeastern California Conference. However, there were several years without any official clubs.
In 1946, John H. Hancock, the youth director for Southeastern California Conference, brought Pathfinders to Riverside, California. John even designed the iconic Pathfinder triangle emblem. He recruited Francis Hunt, a ministerial student, to lead the club. John and his wife Helen Hancock taught valuable honors.
In the late 1940s, Pathfinder clubs began to emerge in the Southern California Conference and the Central California Conference. Lawrence Paulson directed the first club in Glendale, while Henry T. Bergh, the Youth Director, kickstarted the program with 23 clubs in the Central California Conference.