BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. — For the first time in the event’s history, the International Pathfinder Camporee held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has been canceled over a supplies issue.
Plans for the event scheduled for August 11-16, 2014, ground to a halt after negotiations with the camp ground’s food vendors collapsed over the cost of tortilla chips.
“We are sad to report that due to the inflated costs of chips charged by our vendors, we cannot afford to serve haystacks at Oshkosh and are therefore calling the whole thing off,” said event organizer, Bucky Dempsey.
Dempsey’s Andrews University-based Center for Youth Evangelism released a longer statement apologizing for getting everyone’s hopes up over Camporee this year and guaranteed that “All camporee registrations already paid will automatically be applied to the next Oshkosh Camporee.” The CYE statement promised that organizers would be relentless in their search for more affordable tortilla chip contracts.
“We realize that this is greatly disappointing news to our Pathfinders around the world,” said Dempsey. “It was tempting to continue with the event without haystacks but we have decided that the threat such a change would pose to our identity as Adventists simply could not be overlooked.”
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