KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2015

Launching Pitcairn

By Chantal Klingbeil

What is Pitcairn?

Pitcairn is a game recently launched by the Ellen G. White Estate to help Pathfinders achieve the “God’s Messenger” honor. It’s the first honor you can earn by playing a game. The game is named after the tiny island of Pitcairn and role it played in Seventh-day Adventist history. 


What happened there?

In 1789, part of the ship’s crew on the H.M.S. Bounty decided to disobey their captain. They forced the captain and some of his loyal men into a small boat, and taking the large ship, they escaped. Eventually they landed on Pitcairn, a remote island in the South Pacific. They settled there, but the crew continued what they were doing on the ship—quarreling, fighting, and killing each other. By the time the island was discovered 18 years later, there was only one crew member who remained, along with islanders.

In 1876, someone sent Adventist books to Pitcairn. Missionary John Tay followed 10 years later, and taught the islanders about Jesus. When Tay returned to the United States, he told exciting stories of his time on Pitcairn. The General Conference decided to build a sailing ship to do missionary work in the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. This was the first Seventh-day Adventist mission ship. Adventists of all ages enthusiastically raised the money to build the boat, naming it Pitcairn after the small island.


How does the game work?

You can play online at, or you can download the Pitcairn app at the App Store, Google Play, or Windows App Store.1  You have seven minutes to dash through a village by answering multiple-choice questions about Ellen White, her ministry as God’s messenger, and the Bible tests of a prophet. You earn points for correct answers and tokens that allow you to buy more points, time, or answer cards. At certain signposts Action Cards either give or take away points or time. Two hundred points are needed to earn the God’s Messenger honor.


How do I get my honor patch?

In the United States or Canada, you either show or e-mail your score to your Pathfinder Club director, and they will order it for you. If outside the United States or Canada, you need to contact your division Youth Ministries department to buy your honor patch.2 


Who’s playing this game?

We are hearing from people all around the world who are playing. You don’t have to be a Pathfinder to play. The game is in English, Spanish, French, and German. We hope to have it in three more languages soon. Have fun playing!