Parent Information

 

Recent Parental Feedback

    “My son's self-esteem has raised significantly as his sense of belonging to a exciting group grows"

 

    "My sons especially confess that God, far way above the sky, is now near them and even exists in their body... what a great blessing"

 

    "My son has developed a strong belief about existence of GOD has led him to be more faithful to GOD"

 

Early Spring Canoe trip during unexpected harsh weather conditions......

 

Despite the harsh weather conditions, Tommy was more than pleased to have attended the camp. It is true he was slightly displeased with the bitter cold upon his initial arrival at the camping site, but upon hearing his recounts of the camp, it seems as if after only several short hours he was able to enjoy the camping experience. He told me that he found the experience extremely valuable for he learned many things, like how to deal with weather conditons such as those in which he endured over the weekend. He enjoyed all the various activities in which the group partook in throughout the duration of the camp.

 
    With Tommy's continued attendance to these camps, he has learned many valuable life skills and for this I am grateful to the FNE, for it has helped Tommy in growing into an independant and strong individual. Tommy was recounting to me of the various feats he was able to execute, such as his newfound ability to set up a tent and even packing a travelling bag all on his own. When I heard this, I was very proud of Tommy and glad. In truth, Tommy's father is oftentimes busy with a tight work schedule and is not able to partake in many leisure activities, such as camping, with him. Due to this, Tommy has not had many chances to take part in these activities and has only recently been able to do so through his participation in the FNE.
 
    The leaders that led the camp were extremely helpful, and it seems they played a big role into making this camp into a success. Tommy greatly enjoyed the camp, even down to the tiniest details. I was not able to inquire as to the other boys' opinions and feelings revolving around attendance to this camp, however, from what I have heard from Tommy, I think it would be safe to conclude that all the boys enjoyed the camp despite the weather conditions.
 
    Lastly I would like to, once again, thank the FNE for guiding Tommy on his way into becoming a sufficient individual, into someone who is able to accomplish things on their own without assistance or guidance.

 

    "Interests and knowledge about Catholic faith has increased tremendously since he joined the group. He now strongly believes that there is GOD out there!"

 

    "He loves the Timber Wolves weekly and special programs - He always chooses to go to Timber Wolves meeting over other activities when there is conflict"

 

    "We have sincere trust and appreciation for our committed volunteer leaders who are working really hard to lead our children to be exposed to great, fun and meaningful activities"

 

    "We are hoping and beginning to see our son and our daughter becoming more sociable amongst friends in school as well as outside of school"

 

    "We are happy to see that our leaders are acting as a great mentor for our children that help our children grow into physically, socially, environmentally and spiritually stronger children"

 

    "The Timber Wolf and Explorer program has brought many positive changes to our family"

 

    "It is nice to see how the older boys taking care of the younger Timber Wolves members especially for those new to the program"

 

    "My husband really enjoyed volunteering for weekend camps where he could truly play with youth without worrying about the daily hardships of life"

 

    "My daughter is now reminding us the parents to pray before each meal when we forgot :)"

 

    "My son now strongly believes GOD and often telling non-Christian friends about the existence of GOD excitedly"

 

    "My son is always waiting for the next Timber Wolves meeting and writing in his dairy about the interesting program and shares it with his teachers and friends at school"

 

    "My son will from time to time, wake up early in the morning and pray the ROSARY - for me this is a breathtaking moment"

 

    "My son brought some literature from the seminary visit and shared it with his teachers at school"

 

    "Our children, on Timber Wolves meeting day, they are always READY way before the meeting time pushing me to be hurry because they do not want to miss out any second of it"

 

    "It is nice to see my son is getting along with group of other children and learning positive team work and social skills"

 

    "My son wants to become a leader to help other Timber Wolves when he grows up"

 

    "My son wants to start up a Timber Wolf den like this one in Korea when he grows up to be an adult"

 

Of particular value is the positive environment and opportunities for spiritual growth. Eric's faith in God has increased significantly after he joined the group. He is usually shy, but opened up and became more independent after the FNE. I was pleasantly surprised of how well he engaged with the boys since the very first time he went for a meeting – cleaning up a park and joining them for a barbecue. It's a uniformed organization, but Eric seems to enjoy this - it gives him a sense of belonging and importance. He is awarded with badges and is very proud of them.

 

From a mother who has just arrived in Canada with her two sons:

Dear Akela

I'm Andy and Harry's mom. Andy and Harry are in the Timber Wolves for a month now. I'd like to show you how they have changed over time. My sons are visa students. We came to Canada for the first time last July. We live in Aurora, and there's no Korean Church here. They didn't go Church. After they joined the Timber Wolves, they always attend Church.

 

Harry will have his first communion during Easter. Both boys said they will not play Nintendo game during Lent. It's a marvelous change!!! I thank God for leading my sons to the Timber Wolves. I saw the programs, and each program is to my great liking and extremely useful. We always look forward to the time we go there. I am sorry that I cannot do more to help. But I'll try my best for the things I can do. I respect your passion about Timber Wolves, and I'm impressed by it. I'll pray for you and your family.

 

 

From another Mother:

This is Ian's mom, Judy. Most of all, I really appreciate your awesome work for the explorer members. Ian has been having a great time since he joined the timber wolves. And, also he's looking forward to going to the spring and summer camp. As Ian's dad usually stays at Korea, he cannot work as a volunteer to help you. I apologize about it. But he's very satisfied with Ian's explorer participation as whenever Ian sees his dad; he talks about timber wolves very much. If there's anything that I can help, just let me know.

Message from a 9 year of Timber Wolf

To Akela

Hi Akela, I'm Harry
I went to Canada last year,
and I had very lucky stuff.
You knew that I won the 1st place in two chess tournament.
I have two good news.
First l won the Remembrance Day poster-10$,
and second l won the poem contest-15$.
l made cash prize (25$) first time, so l want to use where it's good for anywhere
l thought Timber wolf helps lot to me,
so I'm giving the den 25$.
Maybe it's little bit for your den,
but it's lot for me.
Thank you for your kindness everyday that we met.
                 One of your Timberwolf,

 

 Overview:

 

Please feel free to look in the Youth programs section for more details about specific programs and special pages for those programs.

What makes our program unique and different?

In our ever evolving and complex world full of diverse electronic tools along with the hustle and bustle to excel and succeed, there is often little time left for our children to experience (outside of the family home) a very different perspective of life.

As active members of the Federation of North-American Explorers - FNE a positive life changing movement for both young and the not so young we offer a unique same gender program experience for our boys and girls at Timber Wolf (8 to 12), Explorers (12 1/2 to 16), Wayfarer Explorers (17 plus) levels. We have embraced and enhanced many proven and key program values and objectives as developed by Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

Parents are you looking for an exciting single gender Catholic faith based youth program that allows your child to grow and develop leadership, environmental, social, spiritual, responsibility skills all while having the time of their lives? Are you looking for a safe nurturing environment where every child is treated as the special unique individual that they are? Would you like to see your child grow in their person through a physically active program that includes exploring and playing in the great outdoors? Would you like to see your child develop a sense of self dependence while making good decisions to help them better cope in an ever challenging and complex community, to help them pick the right path in life? Would you like to see your child discover and experience what it means to serve others rather than be served, to become an even better person. Parents are you potentially interested in joining the team to help your child and others experience the FNE Explorer adventure? If you answer yes to one or more of the questions noted above then read on!

The roots of our movement is tied back to 1957 in Europe is lead and operated by volunteers for volunteers. We seek out only the best leaders (with an adequate screening process in place) who place the needs of our youth as first and foremost. All fees collected and donations received (we are registered as a charitable organization that can also issue income tax receipts for direct donations to our group and/or organization) directly support our youth and their volunteer leaders. We have no paid staff or related overhead costs to spend hard earned fees or donations on.

While our program will appeal to a large percentage of our community we will not compromise our program objectives or values just to be all things to all people. Key standards and objectives remain in place to compliment parental efforts to help guide our youth to become successful, happy and responsible members of our faith and social communities!

Our program goals are many and varied, we would like to share with you some of the core program values.

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A Sense of Belonging

Within our overall program we sincerely embrace the sense of belonging, and a sense of brotherhood or sisterhood. Each and every member of our Explorer family is considered to be a unique and a special member of the group. For example within the Timber Wolf Den we embrace the philosophy that The Strength of the Den is the Wolf, and the Strength of the Wolf is the Den.

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Leadership and Team Development

The success of our program at the youth and adult level is based on how well the group comes together as a team or a family while actively promoting and developing leadership skills within all program levels.

Our organization actively promotes a sense of loyalty, working together to help each other, to do ones best, to live our promise and law each and every day. In addition we stress to our youth - to finish what it is that they start!

An aggressive leadership training program is in place for our youth leaders known as Patrol Chiefs at the Explorer level and to a lesser extent for Sixers at the Timber Wolf level.

At our Timber Wolf level for example we have developed a set of leadership responsibilities that we strive to help our boys achieve in a consistent and reliable basis.

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Uniform - a sense of Belonging and Responsibility

Proudly and uniquely we are a uniformed movement. While other organizations strive to eliminate a truly viable sense of belonging through the wearing of a uniform for every day program activities - we within our FNE family embrace our uniformed image. Our uniform helps our youth develop a sense of responsibility and belonging. We wear our uniforms for all indoor events and for outdoor events when suitable or logical to do so.

Our uniform is "traditional" in nature. We teach our youth to be proud, to dare to be different, to lead rather than to follow with the masses.

We would like to share with you a perspective as to "uniforms" as written by Paul Ritchi, our "Group Leader" of the 1st Four Arrows Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) group and we quote:

As either youth or adults, do you remember joining the local sports teams and couldn't wait to get on your uniform, to look the part, to belong? Remember how you felt, as photo's were taken in your sports uniform and when looked at by others within the community? Or how you felt different, special, excited, as you looked forward to the next activity every time you put on that uniform?

Have you watched a parade, seen a band or group of Air Cadets march on by and remarked on how proud and sharp they look in their uniforms?

Lord Baden-Powell then (and even now as it applies to today's world) clearly understood the impact of our uniforms on youth, our members. The impact is most profound - in a positive way - on our youth members. Once all of our youth are wearing their full and complete FNE uniform either at the Otter Lodge, Timber Wolf Den, Explorer Troop or Wayfarer Explorer level they feel that they are part of a larger family, they belong, they can demonstrate a sense of responsibility and self discipline. A few of our Sahi Timber Wolves have expressed their feelings to share with interested parties and we quote:

"Every time I put on my uniform I feel different, special, and I can't wait to get to Timber Wolves and have fun. I like my uniform, it's neat. I like it when people see us in public when we have our uniforms on, they say really nice things about us."

"I wore my uniform in school for Remembrance Day. Although some of the older kids teased me, my friends thought that my uniform looked really neat and asked me stuff about what we do in Timber Wolves. Timber Wolves is really cool!"

"When I put on my uniform, Akela and the other old wolves expect me to take good care of it and wear it proudly. I think that's good because it teaches us how to be responsible for ourselves. I am also a Sixer, so I help the wolves in my group look after themselves and their uniforms."

"When we travel every spring somewhere special, like when we went to Ottawa last June, many people stopped and took pictures of us when we were in our uniform. We don't get treated like just a bunch of little kids, people treat us special… and I really like that."

Please note - that our uniforms are required wearing for all of our members, both at the youth and at the adult level. The group owns the uniforms, we charge a nominal rental fee (included in the memberhsip fee) to help us replace uniform parts as they wear out.

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Service to the Community

Within our program we actively look for ways to provide some sort of a service to our community thereby promoting to our boys and girls a sense of responsibility for the community that we live in. Conversely we undertake activities that our youth members would enjoy and directly benefit from.

Examples include:

  • Visiting a retirement home
  • Visiting War Vet's at a Hospital who are there for long term care
  • Participating in a Yellow Fish environmental program
  • Helping sort food at a food bank and at an Out of the Cold program
  • Participating in swearing in ceremonies for new Canadian Citizens

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Environment - The Outdoors

When we go away for a weekend to go camping for example we ban all electronic games, toys and items such as junk food. We focus on enjoying the outdoors, the environment, nature, and simply being together. We strongly encourage our youth (and for many the first time) to truly discover the great outdoors and nature, to play and explore together, to interact, to live with other people who have different backgrounds and experiences, to be truly physically active! We stress lots of one to one human interactions and not the current socially common and prevalent human to computer experience. Our program that increases in the level of challenge dependent on the ages of our boys and girls will embrace the experiences or philosophies as noted below.

Our entire outdoor or environmental program is structured around the "game of life" as developed by Lord Baden-Powell. The experiences and challenges increase in magnitude and scope as the youth get older and master individual and group skill sets along with continued increased individual personal responsibility for their actions or lack thereof.

A team of experienced, dedicated and skilled leaders delivers the program, many of whom have been giving of their own time for more than 30 years to work with our youth. The makeup of the team at the various leadership levels and their related skill sets are well diversified with examples including but not limited to:

  • Master canoeing and survival training skill sets - how to master the environment all year round First aid and emergency training
  • Nature and the world around us
  • Leadership and team development

Our program will ensure in every case that our youth will experience an "education for life" program that will effectively:

  • To assume a meaningful and progressive role in helping take care of the environment.
  • To measurably expand individual understanding of the world around them as to plant life, animals, changing weather patterns, and much more. The youth will actively practice no trace camping, to visit, explore, enjoy and then leave the forest and its waterways in its natural state.
  • Increase self-confidence and independence.
  • Help our youth become much more compassionate to life's experiences and to those around them.
  • Obtain and then maintain a far greater appreciation of fellow human beings and animals.
  • To be able to truly see the positives in the world around us.
  • Develop initiative.
  • Effective leadership development skill sets.
  • Encourage teamwork, to experience and understand what it really means to work together.

Our members adopt a base line wilderness pledge that says:

I promise to:

  • Keep all trails and campsites clean of litter
  • Not to deface or destroy any trees, vegetation or rocks
  • Always respect the cleanliness of the water
  • Remain on existing trails and be careful not to create unnecessary new ones
  • Insure that my fire is DEAD OUT
  • Always be considerate of the campers that are to follow
  • Take a moment each camping day to appreciate and give thanks for this wilderness

The Environmental/Nature Impact on our youth...

It is difficult at times to put into words what falls beyond the direct program benefits for our youth as to how they feel, or how they are able to take in all of the new experiences. For many, they may never again have such an experience as a youth outside of our wilderness adventure program experience. Some of the more common unprompted messages conveyed back to the leaders by the boys themselves included:

  • The silence is deafening! Never have I experienced silence such that the only man made noise that I could hear was our "breathing".
  • I have seen things that I have never seen before; the beauty of things made by God and not man himself.
  • I suddenly realize how small I am in the overall scheme of things, yet I know that in my own small way I can make a positive difference, a difference that matters.

Nature Program Activities are many and varied. A few examples include:

  • Helping a burned out island recover as nature intended it (fire due to a man made camp fire that was not DEAD OUT). This project is projected to take place on Crown Land east of Parry Sound.
  • Develop an environmental station on the island that would include activities such as:
    • rebuilding the soil
    • clearing out refuse
    • develop a base surface to encourage new growth to take place
    • monitor the quality of the water
  • Study the beaver dam and observe the beavers in action
  • Study of natural animal life (mammal and aquatic)
  • Understand and map out different types of plant life
  • Map out the property in detail
  • Observe and understand the natural changes to the environment

Base Line Skill Sets

While being able to study and understand the nature and environment around the youth, they must also understand how to live and survive on land far from home or immediate civilization.

Year round delivery of judicious instruction on survival skills and nature awareness is interwoven within all aspects of the program. Skills such as:

  • building a shelter
  • knowing how to recognize and prepare for changes in the weather
  • preparing a meal with base line equipmentstar gazing and how to read a star chart
  • canoeing skills including water safety and rescue techniques
  • backpacking skills (no trace backpacking and camping)
  • winter camping including building a snow shelter, snow shoeing and cross country skiing to ice fishing
  • building a fire for heat and cooking

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Our Specific Section Programs - a Quick Overview

Within our FNE program we offer the following programs:

  • Timber Wolves - for boys aged 8 to 12, and Girl Timber Wolves for girls aged 8 to 12
  • Explorers - for boys aged 12 1/2 to 16 and girl Explorers for girls aged 12 1/2 to 16
  • Wayfarers - ages 17 and up (no designated upper age limit) with one unit for women and other for men

Our organization as a whole builds upon five key goals:

  • Health - ones personality is built within a balanced body
  • Sense of concrete things - manual projects and practical things
  • Character development
  • providing service to others and our community
  • having a sense of God in every day living

A common uniform is worm for ALL FNE Explorer program sections, one for male members, and one for female members.

Boy Timber Wolf Program & Girl Timber Wolf Program

Please see the web-page for boys (Sahi Timber Wolf Den) nand for girls (Singum Timber Wolf Den) for detailed information.

Our youth, as part of their Timber Wolf program, experience will participate in a wide range of activities that support five basic rules:

  1. A timber wolf always thinks of others first.
  2. A timber wolf opens his eyes and his ears (development of observational skills).
  3. A timber wolf is always clean (tough to do with most youth at this age, also related to wearing of their FNE Timber Wolf uniform).
  4. A timber wolf always tells the truth.
  5. A timber wolf is always happy (maintains a positive can do attitude).

Our Timber Wolf pledge that supports our sense of belonging, brotherhood or sisterhood, and all members being treated fairly and equally regardless of colour, creed, or citizenship, states and we quote "We are the same blood you and I".

Boy Explorer and Girl Explorer Program

Our youth as part of their Explorer Troop program experience will participate in a wide range of activities that support key personal values and our FNE principles.

Key Explorer values are broken down into three distinct areas on which the program is built around to support and encourage while providing enough challenge to keep our Explorers or Guides well challenged:

Values

Trust - in self, members of the Troop, our movement and mankind (while being self aware, to be responsible for ones actions and that of others).

Dedication - to finish what you start, to work hard, to support the troop, our FNE movement, not to give up.

Clean in thoughts, words and deeds - to live their promise and law, to become the best that they can be, to be a responsible, successful and happy member of our community.

Principles

The first responsibility of the Explorer is at home, then to take responsibility for his/her country, to stand up for a free and brotherly/ sisterly world, while also being proud of and practicing his/her faith.

There is an aggressive progression program for the Explorers to follow throughout their time starting with Promise cross requirements, 2nd Class award and then their 1st Class Award.

There are additional specialty areas to explore to ensure that our members are very well challenged. Subject areas and related program activities include but are not limited to service to the community, wood craft skills, sports, nature study, acting, tracking, camping skills, survival skills, leadership development and much more.

Our Explorer progression program is like no other program available to our youth within our community

Please see individual Troop web pages boys - Eagle and girls - Dove for additional information.

FNE - Wayfarer Explorer Program

The primary focus of this program is centered around providing service to the community, self development, and/or to supporting the younger groups deliver their programs. This program, one for makes and one for females are for young adults ages 17 and up.

Our Wayfarers pay particular attention to life, as life is seen as a mission, to grow closer to the Lord, to assume a growing sense of responsibility for family, the group and ones community.  In short they find their way forward with a sense of purpose, value, service, self development and the love to hear and serve God.  For more information please contact the leader in charge - Ken Cox <explorermanatee@yahoo.ca>

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Being Faithful to God

Our program as it relates to "Being Faithful to God" is a meaningful part of our program that is presented from a Catholic Christian perspective. Throughout our program we encourage our youth to be "faithful" to God as part of every day living.

We open our weekly meetings with ceremonies that include the renewal of our promise, and sharing together an opening prayer, thought of the week to generate discussion and opportunities on a monthly basis for our youth and leaders to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

On a regular basis our youth members and their leaders gather together to better embrace our promise as it relates to "Being faithful to God" at a camp by attending Sunday Mass, or at special gatherings for our youth such as at a Mass at a local area church or through a Pilgrimage as far away as Rome Italy! We encourage our youth to embrace and grow in their faith as part of their overall program experience.

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Who Can Join

Interested youth within the prescribed age categories and applicable sections who are willing to embrace the ideals of our program, to do their best to fully participate in our program while being prepared to live their promise are welcome to join.

We meet in a local area school all located within Southern York Region. All interested youth (York Region and the City of Toronto) are welcome to join our FNE Explorer family. Parental help and support in some way from each family is requested and looked for in order to effectively support our efforts as an all volunteer organization deliver a dynamic program to our youth.

Confidential financial assistance is available to those families who may otherwise not afford the membership fees or special event (i.e. Summer Camp) fees. All uniforms are provided through your unit leader and are owned by the movement.

 

See our "Contact Us" page to get in touch with us.

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