Pathfinders Seek to Break Guinness World Record at International Camporee

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What’s thought to be the world’s largest scarf and slide arrive in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

What’s being projected as the world’s largest “neckerchief and woggle” (scarf and slide) arrived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States on August 12, 2019, for the “Chosen” International Pathfinder Camporee. 

Measuring around 300 feet (91 meters) from tip to tip and 150 feet (46 meters) from the center to back tip, the scarf portion was created by Pathfinders in Texas and weighs approximately 800 pounds (360 kilograms). The shield for the slide, designed by Arkansas Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists members, measures about 10 feet (3 meters) tall and weighs about 500 pounds (227 kilograms).

  • Partial view of a massive neckerchief, as volunteers help unroll it at the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States, on August 12, 2019. [Photo: Costin Jordache]
  • At the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States, volunteers help unroll a 300-foot-long (91-meter-long) Pathfinder neckerchief, thought to be the largest in the world. [Photo: Costin Jordache]

Marilyn Boismier, Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Pathfinder coordinator; Ruben Albarran, Texas Conference North Dallas-area Pathfinder coordinator; and Lloyd Clapp, retired Arkansas-Louisiana Conference Pathfinder director, worked out the logistics for the enormous undertaking.

“This project appealed to me,” Boismier said, “because I like to make things, and I like math; the design was an exercise in math.” The designers, Boismier and Clapp, worked through concepts and calculations, consulting with others, pricing materials, and praying before they were ready for the action phase. Both the scarf and slide were completed in stages and consisted of separate, smaller projects to put them together. 

Once Boismier had worked out the details, she handed off the project to Albarran, who enlisted around 250 North Texas Pathfinders to sew the scarf together, mostly at the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church Family Life Center in Richardson, Texas.

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