Track Me Down

PATHWAY
Nature: Camping
AGE GROUP
10-12 years, 12-14 years
Anticipate Time
1 hour min
GROUP SIZE
2-5, 5-15, 15-30
Values
Determination, Thoroughness

Synopsis

Pathfinders study their ‘prey’ and track it down.

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Become acquainted with elementary skills of tracking
  2. Practice following an intentional trail

Scripture Focus

Memory Verse

Jeremiah 29:13-14 (KJV)
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD

God is always on the hunt for us. He is passionate about having a relationship with us and He will never rest until we’ve had every opportunity possible to be found by Him. His tenacious following after us is a good model of how He would love for us to pursue Him. God doesn’t want us to be satisfied with just pretending to be followers of Him. He wants us to know Him personally – and for that we need to spend time hunting Him. We need to learn of His character and seek to understand His ways so that we can have a real relationship with the God who loves us.

Preperation

  1. Read through the Pursuit Outline and prepare trails and ‘signs’ before addressing the group.
  2. Place something (a sign, a person, a teddy bear, etc… at the finish point of the trail.

 

Outline

1. Divide Pathfinders into teams of 3. This Pursuit is a race between teams to see who can find the rare and mysterious ‘Freckled Pallabat’ (or make up your own animal name!) first. The Freckled Pallabat is a Pathfinder leader who first reviews the team about the kind of ‘Pallabat signs’ that he/she will leave as clues along the rabbit trail.

Begin by saying to Pathfinders: Each animal leaves its own sign. It might be footprints, droppings or a certain type of mark in the ground. The only way to follow an animal by its signs is to study the animal and get to know the characteristics and habits of the animal. The Satin Bower Bird of Australia and PNG is a good example of an animal that leaves unique signs. The bird is coloured a satin blue. So it collects mainly blue objects to decorate its ‘love nest’ for courtship! You can tell a Satin Bowerbird’s nest by the ‘bower’ structure of the nest and the colour of the objects around it. 

2. Then you can tell the Pathfinders about the unique characteristics of the Freckled Pallabat. (Use these or make some others up. Have each of the ‘signs’ already set up in a little area)

The rare Freckled Pallabat is not found anywhere else in the world and has the following characteristics and habits:

  • It always wears these type of boots and the print looks like this.
  • Its dropping are hard as rocks! In fact they look just like a pile of four or five rocks.
  • It is clumsy, so occasionally it steps on a dead branch and breaks it or stomps through grass leaving broken or bent foliage.
  • It has a strange mating ritual so that like the bower bird, it will build a little tower out of dead sticks to attract mates.
  • It often follows established trails but will sometimes just suddenly veer off into the bush in search of wild cocoaberries. When this happens you will often find a skid mark where its big clumsy feet slip in the dirt.
  • It has a peculiar smell (find some old cologne or perfume or deodorant?) that you will notice where it rubs up against leaves or tree bark in order mark its territory.

3. Once Pathfinders are familiar with the signs and characteristics of the Pallabat, have one leader (who is to be the Pallabat) take off and set up the course to follow.

4. Then set each group off at time intervals that will ensure that they don’t see the others up ahead and just follow them. It would also be helpful to have a staff member with each group to make sure that the signs remain in tact and it is still possible to follow the trail.

5. The leader may choose to set out several different courses of a similar degree of difficulty so that the race is fairer for all.

Debrief

Leaders, be sure to follow up on discussing when and how the Pathfinders saw the memory text in action throughout this Pursuit. 
Select from the questions below:
Reflection

  • Were you able to track the animal?
  • How well did you work as a team?

Interpretation

  • Tell about any difficulties you had in tracking the rare animal?
  • What did you learn about perseverance, or not giving up when tracking?
  • What did tracking the animal remind you about concerning God following you and not giving up on you?

Application

  • Would you rather think of God chasing you or you chasing God?

Commitment

  • What you like to improve in your life of searching for God?