A slice of hanger life

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A slice of hanger life
Aug 15, 2019  |  Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States  | 

A slice of hanger life

General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson in the hangar at the 2019 Oshkosh Camporee. [Photo by V. Michelle Bernard]

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Visitors walking through the four hangars on the campus of the 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, have the opportunity to experience a microcosm of Adventism — from bumping into Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to earning a one-of-a-kind humanitarian ADRA International pin, to completing a short list of requirements to obtain a special North American Division (NAD) pin from one of the three officers, to meeting recruiters from Seventh-day Adventist schools across the division, to praying with directors from the NAD’s Ministerial Association.

Just through the entry in Hangar D, Pathfinders and staff lined up to meet Desmond Thomas Doss Jr., son of the famed Adventist who received the medal of honor for saving many of his fellow soldiers during World War II. Soldier Doss carried dozens of injured military men to safety while not carrying a weapon.

Yvonne Allen, from the Desmond Doss Foundation, who works at the Oshkosh booth, said that Doss Jr. and the foundation staff is attending the camporee to share his father’s story of “patriotism, courage, his faith, his integrity, humility and conviction. We hope to provide that and continue his legacy to the youth of today.”

Outside and inside the hangers also lurk real dinosaur fossils, including Arty, a 16-foot-tall dinosaur in Southwestern Adventist University’s dinosaurs, fossils and reptiles display in Hangar D. The area offers several honor class options, two live boa constrictors, around 60 fossils, including some they’re giving away while supplies last. “We want [the Pathfinders] to see the perfection of God’s creation, and we want them to understand the science behind learning that from the fossils we collect,” said Andre Lujan, director of the university’s Texas Through Time Museum in Hillsboro, Texas.

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