SILVER SPRING, Md. --- Pathfinder directors across the country are struggling to accommodate a new surge of membership applications. Clubs everywhere have doubled in size since the introduction of a Pokémon GO honor earlier this month.
The new honor badge was introduced along with with the launch of the incredibly popular Pokémon GO smartphone game in July. The honor teaches Pathfinders how to witness to other Pokémon GO fans and requires several hours of play for successful completion.
"We literally have never signed up this many Pathfinders in a year before, let alone half a month," said Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Pathfinder Director Orien Teering. "Not even the promise of an Oshkosh camporee could sign up this many kids."
Adventist leaders have issued urgent calls for Pokémon GO instructors to teach the eager kids. To cope with demand, Pathfinder leaders are shifting resources away from instruction in more traditional Pathfinder skills and honors.
"Nobody was that interested in soap carving in the first place," said Teering.