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TeenLeadershipTrainingContentsWelcome to TLT. 3Purpose. 3Mission Statement. 3Goals. 4Objectives. 4Pledge. 4The TLT Program. 4Requirements for Membership. 5The TLT Program and the Pathfinder Club. 5Leadership Skill Development Program. 5Organization. 6Procedures. 6Program Outline. 8Uniforms and Insignia.10Operational Departments for TLT .11Voyager Requirements.14Guide Requirements.17Master Guide Requirements.20TLT Program Application.21TLT Program Recommendation .22Operational Department Evaluations.23TLT Program Level ries

Updated March 2011Edition 1.3 (April 1998)Historical NoteThe TLT Program is a product of asubcommittee of the NAD Pathfinder Council.The committee was chaired by Norm Middag,and included Don Baker, Sheila Draper, TerryDodge, Jasmin Hoyt, Barbara Manspeaker,Glen Milam, Jack Nesmith, Cheryl Smith,Heather Smith, Joe White, Allan Williamson,and Bob Wong. The program is a compilationof a Pathfinder developmental outline by NormMiddag, and the FLITE Program of PotomacConference.The FLITE Program curriculum, utilizing therotation of six departments for training, wasoriginally developed by Franklin Moses andDarlene and Glen Milam, of the Sligo PathfinderClub of Potomac Conference. The FLITEProgram was presented to a special conferencecommittee responsible for teen leadership inthe Pathfinder program of Potomac Conference.This committee consisted of Kristi de Melo,Glen Milam, Franklin Moses, Theresa Rinehart,William Rinehart, Naveen Samuel, SantoshSamual, Kimberlee Tatum, Michelle Tatum,and was chaired by Roger Rinehart, Head AreaCoordinator. The programming procedures andintroduction sections were refined and enlargedby the committee, and presented to, andapproved by the Potomac Pathfinder Council.Published by the North American Division Office of Pathfinder Ministries,12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904.All rights reserved. Except for the xeroxable forms and activity sheets, whichmay be copied for Pathfinder use, no part of this book may be reproduced inany form without the written permission of the publisher, unless otherwisenoted in the text.Copyright 1994, 1998 by NAD Pathfinder MinistriesDesigned by Glen Milam of Wesley Thor Studios, Takoma Park, Maryland.Printed in the United States of America.Additional copies of this manual are available from:AdventSource, 5040 Prescott Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506www.adventsource.orgAdditional Pathfinder materials are available from the AdventSource:Pathfinder Staff ManualAY Honor ManualAY/Pathfinder Class Instructors ManualAY/Pathfinder Class Activity DiariesAY/Pathfinder Class Record CardsAY Audio Resource LibraryThe Pathfinder StoryCall 1-800-328-0525 for a catalog, or to order.2NAD Pathfinder Ministries

Welcome to TLTSociety has changed over the years. One of the most significantchanges is our concern with the adult-teen relationship in thedevelopmental process of the adolescent. Teens of today desiredifferent things from teens of yesteryear. Today’s adolescent will experiencedrives and needs that can push him/her into action. These drives can pull orattract teens to negative activities or toward a desirable goal or object.The Teen Leadership Training (TLT) program is designed to challengeand empower the teen Pathfinder with new and increased responsibilities,while allowing them the security of a place they know and love. TheTLT experience will assist the Pathfinder teen to form adult-Pathfinderrelationships as an expression of their developing identity as teenagers. TheTLT member must learn how to give of themselves and how to receive fromothers. They must allow themselves to be known while getting to knowothers.The TLT member needs to believe in him/herself. Each teen must havecourage, determination, dedication, and competitive drive. He/she must bewilling to sacrifice the little things in life to pay the price for the things thatmatter.The TLT program demands creativity. Teens are tired of doing thesame old thing. They want to experience achievement and responsibilitythrough a leadership experience with their friends. Teens want opportunitiesto stretch their abilities through a “shared service experience” of Pathfinderministry.Teen Pathfinders want to use their energy and commitment when theyfind something that involves character-building and provides strength to livethis life while preparing for the greater life as a son or daughter of God.PurposeThe Teen Leadership Training (TLT) program is designed to train andmentor youth in service and leadership skills.The TLT vision encompasses a core of youth fulfilling meaningfuland responsible Pathfinder leadership positions in the Pathfinder Club andConference/Union Pathfinder ministry, supporting the mission of the SDAChurch as they learn to give of themselves and to receive of others.TLT youth will experience acceptance, achievement, and responsibilityin developing self-efficacy, self-respect, and identity through adult-teenmentoring in a “shared service experience” in developing a redemptiverelationship with God.TLT ManualMission StatementThe Teen Leadership Training (TLT)program is designed to addressadolescent developmental needs andpromote leadership skills, enablingand empowering teens to becomefull partners in the mission of theSDA Church with Pathfinder adultleadership in a “shared serviceexperience” of the Pathfinderministry in the North AmericanDivision.3

TLT Pledge“Loving the Lord Jesus, I promise totake an active part in the work of theTeen Leadership Training program,doing what I can to help others andto finish the work of the gospel in allthe world.”LeadershipA leader is a person who directs, guides,influences, and controls thoughts, feelings, andbehavior of others to a particular end.Leadership makes a difference. To be effectiveleaders, we must influence others to think andact, as well as to follow. We must set an examplethat others “choose” to follow. The secretto eliciting that choice is the very essence ofleadership.Program & CommunicationFlow ChartFinance/ClericalAdministrativeOutreachClub DirectorAssociate Director for TLTCamping/ActivitiesAY Classwork/Honors4CounselingGoalsTo help teens experience their developmental needs by making them feel:A.B.C.D.E.A sense of achievementA sense of responsibilityA sense of respect for authorityA sense of acceptance in adult leadership circlesA sense of life skillsObjectivesA. Encourage TLT members to belong to the church and to activelyparticipate in leadership in the church/conference Pathfinderministry.B. Involve TLT members as associates with Pathfinder adultleadership, holding responsible positions in local and ConferencePathfinder ministries.C. Challenge TLT members in the mission and ministry of Christthrough Pathfindering, making God’s Word meaningful and fruitfulin their lives.D. Encounter skill-building opportunities through positivecommunication and friendship networks created to increaseresilience to peer pressure, increase self-efficiency, and self-esteem.The TLT ProgramThe TLT program is a four-year course designed to include all aspectsof Pathfinder club management, programming operations, and encourageteens to explore and develop their talents in leadership, planning and socialskills.The program gives the TLT member permission to experiencePathfinder leadership under adult supervision.The program uses six major departments of a club as training sections.These include: Administrative, Finance/Clerical, Camping/Activities,Outreach, Counseling, and AY Classwork/Honors. Within each of theseoperations are several service areas that must be completed. Some clubs, dueto size or location, will not require completion of all items under eachsection.The key to the success of the TLT program is clear and amplecommunication. There must be effective and frequent communicationbetween the TLT member and the Pathfinder club leadership.NAD Pathfinder Ministries

Requirements for MembershipA. Be in grades 9-12, and submit application which has been:1. processed and signed by the sponsoring Pathfinder ClubDirector2. recommended by the church pastor3. registered with the Conference Pathfinder Director.B. Application to be renewed, accepted, and registered annually.C. Actively participate in leadership skill development assignments.D. Personality traits promoted by Christian ethics and the TLTPledge must be an integral part of the participant’s lifestyle.The TLT Program and the Pathfinder ClubThe TLT program is for those in grades 9-12 who wish to advance intoleadership positions. The program is optional, and some teen Pathfindersmay choose not to take part.TLTs are not to form a separate club. They are members of aPathfinder club.In club formation, TLTs should join a regular teen unit, or if numbersallow, they could form a separate unit.In parades or other dress formations, TLTs should form at the rear ofcolumns, between the Pathfinders and the staff.Leadership Skill Development ProgramA. Pathfinder Club Leadership Skill Development1. attend staff meetings2. accept leadership responsibilitiesa. club programmingb. associate staff memberc. teach AY Pathfinder curriculumB. Conference Leadership Skill Development1. assist in Conference Pathfinder Camporee2. assist in Conference Pathfinder Fair3. assist in Conference special events4. assist in marketing Pathfinder ministry5. attend Conference Pathfinder leadership training6. assist in Union/Conference special eventsC. Union Leadership Skill Development1. attend Union Pathfinder leadership training2. assist Union special eventsTLT ManualAssociate Director for TLTJob DescriptionThe basic job function of the TLT Director,whether an associate or the club director,is to coordinate the assignment of TLTs tooperational departments and to mentor the TLTthroughout the training period.Typical Small Club TLTOrganizational Flow ChartClub/TLT DirectorTLT MemberTypical Large Club TLTOrganizational Flow ChartClub DirectorAssociate Directorfor AdministrationAssociate Directorfor TLT ProgramAssociate Directorfor FinanceAssociate Directorfor CampingTLT MemberAssociate Directorfor OutreachAssociate Directorfor ClassworkCounselorThese office titles may vary according to club orconference. Associate Director is the same officeas Deputy Director. In some cases one personmay fill more than one position.5

Typical Conference TLTOrganizational Flow ChartOrganizationA. Sponsor—Conference Pathfinder/Youth DirectorB. Conference TLT CoordinatorC. Conference Coordinator (Could be Federation, Area, or DistrictCoordinator)D. Club Director or Associate Director for TLTConference Pathfinder DirectorConference TLT CoordinatorConferenceCoordinatorClub Directoror AssociateDirector forTLTProceduresApplicationA Pathfinder or high school age youth wishing to join the TLT Programshould complete a TLT Application Form and obtain three recommendationforms. (Suggestions: one from a pastor, one from a teacher, and one from aPathfinder staff person.) These forms should be turned in to the Pathfinderclub director at least two weeks before the beginning of the local Pathfinderquarter or year.AcceptanceEach club will establish its own acceptance or application committee.In a small club this committee might consist of just the club director.The TLT’s commitment to Pathfindering, appropriate maturity level, andChristian witness should all be considered, in addition to the application andrecommendations. A red and black shoulder cord is issued to the applicantupon acceptance into the program. All new TLTs start at Level 1.TLT Program RecommendationTLT Program ApplicationI, the undersigned, am applying to the club leadership for a position in the TLT Program ofPathfindering. I understand that my application and future participation are evaluated on my performance inPathfindering and my adherence to the TLT Pledge as well as the Pathfinder Pledge and Law. I agree toparticipate in the TLT Program as outlined in the TLT Manual and commit myself to developing my Christianleadership potential to its fullest.Name Home PhoneAddress City ZipAge Date of Birth Grade CitizenshipPlease complete this recommendation form for me and return it to the following:Home Church Baptized Yes NoPathfinder Club Director’s NameName of school now attendingAddress City ZipSchool Address City ZipClass or classes completed: Friend Trail Friend Companion Trail Companion Explorer Frontier ExplorerList your participation in Pathfinder clubs:Club Ranger Frontier Ranger VoyagerYearThank your for your honest evaluation. Please keep me and the Pathfinder program in your prayers.TLT Pledge - Loving the Lord Jesus, I promise to take an active part in the work of the Teen Leadership Trainingprogram, doing what I can to help others and to finish the work of the gospel in all the world. Wilderness Voyager Guide Wilderness GuideSignature Date / /Please answer the following questions.DirectorHow do you know the applicant and for how long?What qualities does the applicant bring to the program?I, the undersigned, apply to the club leadership for a position in the TLT Program.I understand that my application and future participation are evaluated on my performance in Pathfindering and myadherence to the TLT Pledge as well as the Pathfinder Pledge and Law. I agree to participate in the TLT Program asoutlined in the TLT Manual and commit myself to developing my Christian leadership potential to its fullest.How does the applicant relate to people?Signature DateMark the two operational departments seleced for the 1st year operational assignment:Recommend 1st year Administrative AY Classwork/HonorsRecommend 2nd year Outreach Camping/ActivityHow does the applicant respond to stress?Recommend 3rd year Finance/Clerical CounselingDoes the applicant have any potential problems that might hinder his/her participation?Club Official Use Only Approved DisapprovedDate / / Club Director SignatureDate to begin service / /TLT Director SignatureRecommender’s Signature Date / /Conference Official Use OnlyDate received / /TLT ManualConference Director Signature21A xeroxable copy of the TLT Applicationis located at the rear of this manual.622A xeroxable copy of the TLTRecommendation is located at the rearof this manual.NAD Pathfinder Ministries

Probation PeriodEach new or transferring TLT must complete a minimum 60-dayprobationary period. During this period the TLT will preform as a regularpart of the TLT Program and the club administration will evaluate the TLTscommitment to the program.Should the club administration find significant cause, the TLT can bedismissed at the end of the probationary period.Department Evaluation and PromotionA review of each TLT will occur at the completion of each operationalrotation. The TLT Director and the assigned operational staff memberwill conduct the review. Evaluation sheets are provided. There are corerequirements which must be completed by all TLTs and there are optionalrequirements which are to be done at the discretion of the club. The TLT willproceed to their next operational assignment upon a satisfactory evaluation.Being a TLT requires great responsibility. If any conduct is deemedunbecoming, or the TLT has failed to complete his/her assignments, a reviewof the TLT will occur. If it is deemed necessary by the review, disciplinaryaction may need to be taken, up to and including dismissal from the TLTProgram.Upon successful completion of a level, the TLT will receive a servicestar which indicates the level completed. The star is the same as the adultservice star, except it is black and gold.TLT Program Level 1 ChecklistAdministrative Operations EvaluationTLT Term Dates Evaluation DateWorship 1. Developed ideas for worships, including themes, topics,guests and activities. 2. Planned and scheduled worships. Prepared materials,invited speakers, introduced them, and sent thank-younotes. Prepared a backup program if there was a problem.3. Worked with units, AY classes, or class instructors tomake sure that opportunity was given for them to doworships necessary for completion of requirements.Activities 1. Assisted in planning and coordinating the yearly and singlemeeting schedules. This included time for AY Classwork,honor instruction, special events, worships, outings, andcamping trips. 2. Arranged, scheduled and supervised units in conductingopening and closing exercises during meetings and events. 3. Taught basic marching and drilling techniques.4. Was responsible for posting the weekly schedule in thePathfinder meeting place, including weekend schedules oncamping trips.5. Assisted in organizing, training, and scheduling of theexhibition drill team.Security 1. Planned, scheduled and supervised security personnel asnecessary.a. Lot or drive entranceb. Entrance to the buildingc. Entrance to the Pathfinder meeting roomd. Parking lot 2. Assisted in establishing or continuing contact with localemergency and police agencies.3. Checked out and in security equipment and supervised itsstorage, upkeep and repair.General 1. Met deadlines. 2. Worked cheerfully and without prodding. 3. Communicated effectively. 4. Exhibited Christian spirit.NotesN/AIncomplete 1. Assisted in planning events including, but not limited to:a. Regular Meetingsb. Inductionc. InvestitureCompleteEntry RequirementsPlanning Signature 2. Complete the TLT Program Application. Submit three recommendation forms. Be approved by the club leadership. 3.Date1. Be in at least the 9th grade. (All new TLTs start at Level 1.)a. If in the 9th grade, the applicant must have been a Pathfinderwith the local club during the previous year, or complete a cluborientation program. Had an attendance record of at least 80%.Have completed at least one level of progressive Classworkduring the most recent active year. b. If in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, the applicant must complete aclub orientation program. Had an attendance record of at least80%. Have completed at least one level of progressive Classworkduring their most recent active year. TLT Duties1. Satisfactorily completed two operational rotations: Administrative Operations Classwork/Honors Operations Outreach Operations Camping/Activity Operations Counseling Operati