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Glendale Raptors Go To California Bus/Van Fund
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The Glendale Raptors are traveling from Phoenix, AZ to Winchester, CA to attend the Pathfinder Camporee. The "1 Way, 1 Truth, 1 Life, 1 Love" event will provide opportunities for our kids to experience God's love. Help us charter a bus or van to attend.

Our Misson

Hi, my name is Thomas Harris and I am the Pathfinder Director for the Glendale Raptors Pathfinder Club. As an official youth outreach arm of the SDA church, the pathfinder club ministers to kids from 10 -16 years of age in partnership with their families.

Our purpose is to provide opportunities for our children to experience GOD's love through a variety of domains. We facilitate grade-specific curriculum over the course of each year to build knowledge, self-discipline, confidence, and growth achievement in the following areas:

Personal Growth                    Health and Fitness

Spiritual Discovery                 Nature Study

Serving Others                       Outdoor Living

Making friends                       Honor Enrichment

A vital part of that curriculum is found in the life application of spending time together working as a team in camping events, community service, gameplay, Bible study, and spiritual retreats. This will help empower our kids to become servant leaders, reflecting the love of Christ. As our banner logo illustrates, our aim is that our pathfinders will be points of contact (P.O.C's) for GOD!

Why this is important

The Glendale Raptors are traveling from Phoenix, AZ to Winchester, CA to attend the Pathfinder Camporee from October 5th through October 8th, 2017. The "One Way, One Truth, One Life, One Love" event (featuring messages from the Gospel of John) will provide opportunities for our kids to experience God's love and deepen their own personal relationship with Jesus.

We need to charter a bus or rent a sufficient number of transit vans with enough capacity to transport an estimated 30-45 pathfinders and camping equipment. In the case of a bus charter, this will need to be booked as early as possible (secured with partial payment) and subsequently paid in full one month in advance, which means we'll want to make final payment by around the 21st of September. The transit van option gives us more flexibility with respect to payment. We can reserve the vans in advance with no money down and pay in full, plus any applicable deposits, at the time of vehicle pickup.

We want to make provisions for those kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to make the 600 plus mile trip to California when considering which of the two options is best. Chartering a bus provides a one vehicle solution to accommodate our entire pathfinder club.  It's a very nice way for us to be able to safely travel together without a caravan of vehicles and equipment trailer(s) in tow.

Conversely, the acquisition of a sufficient number of passenger transit vans would provide a better price point. This would put us in a better position to meet associated Camporee expenses, including helping ensure that every one who desires can attend.

UPDATE 9/23/2017: The van option has been selected. We have reserved 3 12-passenger transit vans with one trailer. This will accommodate 36 passengers.

How the money raised will be used

All of the money that we receive from your generous contributions will be used to pay for all costs associated with the trip to California, starting with booking the bus or securing the vans. Any additional funds will be used to cover related Camporee travel expenses.

How you can help

Please help us charter a bus or secure vans to attend this important event by making a generous contribution.  Additionally, please share this important campaign with your friends, family, and business acquaintances to allow them an opportunity to also make a difference in the lives of our youth.

Thank you, and may God richly bless you for your generosity!

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