Area Club Activities & Ideas

This is a list of possible ideas for your club. Not every idea will work for every club but use these to spur your creativity and let us know if you come up with other ideas we can add to this list.

Select the topic you're interested in from the drop down list. Use the suggestions to help progress your Pathfinders through their IA curriculum but also to help strengthen their relationships with one another.

    Check with your city to see what areas they have that your club can sponsor and help clean. This may also be a way to introduce and advertise your club to your community. Some cities will place your name on a sign letting the community know your club is taking care of that area (this is usually after you show consistency).

    Check with your church clerk to see which elderly or sick and shut-in your Pathfinders can call and have a few minutes conversation with. If needed provide a script of questions the Pathfinder can ask to help get the conversation started.

    Speak with your church's Community Services director, the conference community services director or another local community center helping people in need and work with them to set up a shoe or clothing drive. They usually ask for new or like new shoes (be sure to emphasize that you don't want things no one else wants).

    Julie Gonzales
    Associate Director
    Adventist Community Services
    Disaster Response
    (817) 641-7679

    Contact a facility near your church. They may allow window visits or some other distance interaction your Pathfinders can participate in during this time. Could also sing outside their windows for them.

    A food bank in Richardson that will allow your club to help fill boxes of food for shipment all over the world. You must call and set an appointment time to help, their spots are limited. Know how many volunteers you'll be taking with you when you make the call.

    1680 Glenville Dr. #300
    Richardson, TX 75081
    (214) 453-5480

    This is a city park with 3 pavilions (one with electricity), 10 primitive campsites with fire pits and about 10 miles of mountain bike and hiking trail. Just outside the city. Call to reserve, sites are first come first serve unless reserving a pavilion.

    4300 County Rd. 1006
    McKinney, TX 75071
    (972) 547-2690

    State parks are a great resource to tap into when scheduling camping outings for your club. With at least 89 current parks you are sure to find one that works for your club.
    Park rangers are often willing to help teach your kids about the park and maybe even an honor if you contact them ahead of schedule. Parks also have events and programs your Pathfinders may enjoy and are perfect for teaching wilderness honors. Your club may also be able to take advantage of the Texas State Parks annual youth group pass ($100/year). This pass will allow free entry for up to 50 kids and sponsors. There is an application but you only need to show proof of your church nonprofit status. Texas State Parks

    Has about 10 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. An intermediate level trail for hiking, difficult biking trail.

    4300 County Rd. 1006
    McKinney, TX 75071
    (972) 547-2690

    Multiple trails not overly challenging. Good beginner trails.

    5901 Los Rios Blvd.
    Plano, TX 75074
    (972) 941-7250

    Paved trail but also some unpaved hiking and biking trails.

    6701 W. Parker Rd.
    Plano, TX 75093
    (972) 941-7250

    Can be a fun Sunday afternoon activity and a chance for some friendly competition. Check bowling alleys near you for special times and rates (some can be as low as $1/game plus shoe rental).

    JB's Allen Bowl
    1011 S. Greenville Ave.
    Allen, TX 75002
    (972) 727-9108

    AMF Garland Lanes
    1950 Marketplace Dr.
    Garland, TX 75041
    (972) 613-8100

    Plano Super Bowl
    2521 K Ave.
    Plano, TX 75074
    (972) 881-0242

    AMF Richardson Lanes
    2101 N. Central Expy
    Richardson, TX 75080
    (972) 231-2695

    Plano and Allen Locations
    (972) 781-2695
    (972) 869-2695

    A little on the expensive side but will allow you to rent the court per hour. Games are about 15mins long and 8 people can play each game.

    3115 Parker Rd.
    Plano, TX 75023
    (972) 398-7900

    Texas Archery Academy will help instruct your Pathfinders in safety rules of archery as well as give instructions on use of a bow. Going over this honor before making the trip will make it a better experience for all involved. They offer 3hrs for $20, but also offer Groupons.

    600 Accent Dr. B
    Plano, TX 75075
    (214) 960-4088

    See if you have a church member willing to allow your Pathfinders to use their pool for a couple of hours. If not, visit the local YMCA or community pool. Rent out lanes or sections of the pool if possible. Call ahead and see what these public and some private places will do for your group. Be sure to let them know your age group and exactly who you are, you'll be surprised they may have worked with Pathfinders before. Some may even help you teach the swimming honors if you provide them the paperwork before your group's visit.

    Garland ISD Natatorium
    2585 Firewheel Pkwy
    Garland, TX 75040
    (972) 494-8201

    Richardson Family YMCA
    (972) 231-3424

    Allen Natatorium
    110 Rivercrest Blvd.
    Allen, TX 75002
    (214) 509-4770

    Plano Aquatic Center
    2301 Westside Dr.
    Plano, TX 75075
    (972) 769-4232

    Carpenter Park Recreation Center
    6701 Coit Rd.
    Plano, TX 75024
    (972) 208-8087

    Oak Point Recreation Center
    6000 Jupiter Rd.
    Plano, TX 75074
    (972) 941-7540

    Find a school with a track and plan a day of racing. Use the track for races and the field to complete push-ups or other parts of the Honor. Be sure to join in with your Pathfinders to challenge them and have fun. Buy placement ribbons (DollarTree) and give them out for different races.