A few years ago, Dave Canterbury, co-owner of The Pathfinder School, LLC, made a decision. He decided to share his love for our heritage with children, particularly those less likely to have the opportunity to experience life as it once was. He enlisted Joe Kellam, Ken Seal, Dan Moore, and Allen Tharp to see the vision of children outdoors, experiencing the environment around them, and gaining a healthier life style by being active. These men began the original chapters of the Pathfinder Youth Organization (PYO).
Interest in PYO began to grow, and National Pathfinder Youth Organization (NPYO) came to be. The NPYO exists to give underprivileged young people the opportunity to learn outdoor self-reliance skills and about keeping our heritage alive. The NPYO is organized as a nonprofit charity, having a Board of Directors and officers and is run solely by volunteers. There is no cost to the children or their families that wish to participate. NPYO depends on community support and donations to make its mission a reality.
While the NPYO emphasizes on reaching out to underprivileged youth, it is not exclusive, anyone may participate. NPYO provides a curriculum and equipment that are designed to support the children on their journey towards outdoor self-reliance and a better understanding of the natural world around them.