At the Oshkosh International Camporee, Pathfinders Fill 5,000 ‘Golden Buckets’


Adventist youth help Adventist Community Services with Disaster Response supplies.

Supplies to fill 5,000 buckets for Adventist Community Services were delivered to the Adventist Community Services (ACS) station at the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. During the camporee, Pathfinders have the opportunity to fill those buckets and earn the “Serving Communities” Pathfinder honor at the same time.

“During a disaster, five-gallon buckets filled with much-needed cleaning supplies are like gold to someone who just survived a natural disaster,” said Marshall Gonzales, Southwestern Union Conference and Texas Conference ACS director. “When a disaster strikes, we distribute the filled buckets, what we call clean-up buckets, by the thousands, so it is imperative to have clean-up buckets on hand.”

  • North American Division Adventist Community Services (ACS) executive director Sung Kwon (left) seals buckets after Pathfinders filled them with cleaning supplies at the 2019 “Chosen” International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. [Photo: Randy Terry]
  • Southwestern Union and Texas Conference Adventist Community Services associate director Julie Gonzales prepares a station for the packing of ACS supply buckets. [Photo: Randy Terry]

The supplies include a household cleaner, dishwashing soap, scrubber sponges, scrub brushes, cleaning towels, dust masks, kitchen disposable and work gloves, trash bags, laundry detergent, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, a clothesline, clothespins, and insect repellant spray.

“The Pathfinder clubs have been amazing,” said Julie Gonzales, Southwestern Union and Texas Conference ACS associate director. “Many, knowing our deadline, have come back repeatedly. The Alvarado Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church Pathfinder club from Alvarado, Texas, spent three hours filling buckets.”

“We really appreciate the Pathfinder support for this great endeavor, as well as the ACS volunteers here from Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Washington,” said Sung Kwon, North American Division ACS executive director. “We could not achieve this goal without everyone’s generosity.”


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