This Pathfinder Leadership Award (PLA) has been introduced as the entry level training package for all Pathfinder leaders and staff members throughout the South Pacific Division as from 1st January, 2009.  It enables all training participants to develop a thorough understanding of the philosophy and practice of Pathfindering. It provides comprehensive and quality training in various aspects of club structure and function, spiritual formation, programming, indoor and outdoor activity coordination, Occupational Health and Safety as well as involvement in Conference/Mission events.  Leaders and staff who complete this award are considered competent and equipped to lead a Pathfinder club and conducts basic club camps.

The PLA is a combination of the former Pathfinder Basic and former PLA training programs that were run in the South Pacific Division, as it incorporates most of the training requirements of both. In addition, it includes a number of units that specifically equip leaders for outdoor activities and will ensure leaders are trained to government regulations (as applicable).


The former Pathfinder Basic program was originally designed to be the entry level training package for new Pathfinder club leaders and staff who did not have any previous experience in Pathfindering. At the end of the training, the participants were considered to have fulfilled all the basic requirements to function as staff in a local club. Essentially, the completion of the training meant that they had in actual fact covered all the fundamentals in Pathfindering and achieved an introductory leadership Award.

However, it was felt that the nomenclature ‘Basic' did not seem to recognize that achievement and did not convey the status and recognition that was rightly deserved. In fact the term ‘Basic' tended to downgrade that achievement. Consequently, after careful consideration, the SPD Youth Ministries Planning Committee took an action in February 2008 to eliminate the nomenclature ‘Basic' from the Pathfinder training scheme.

All the training requirements contained in the ‘Basic' are incorporated in this PLA being introduced. The majority of the training requirements of the previous PLA will also be included in this PLA. In addition, this PLA will contain four Units of training that are specifically designed to equip outdoor leaders.


The recources for this leadership award have been tailored to appeal to the uniquie needs and situations of each respective Union/Mission within this Division. Please click on the links below according to your respective territory.

PLA resource documents for the AUC

PLA resource documents for the NZPUC

PLA resource documents for the PNGUM & TPUM