This growing Troop has set high goals and objectives to ensure the delivery of an exciting and aggressive FNE Explorer program as experienced by our cousins in Europe in some 21 other countries!
Special announcements: Pilgrimage to Rome Italy Holy Week April 6-18 2017
From one of our Explorers as to his thoughts about his Explorer program experience we offer you the reader the following and we quote:
My name is Tristan, and I am a member of an organization called FNE Explorers. Contrary to our outward appearance, we are not boy scouts because the goal of our group is to get children closer to God and by doing so be good people and responsible citizens.
I would like to tell you about how I came to join the Explorers. I joined last year, during Lent. My mother encouraged me to join or at least go for one night. I was quite sceptical, since I did not know anybody and I was not a fan of awkward situations. My mom brought me to the parish to our Explorers, Blessed Trinity. I went into the church to do Stations of the Cross with the other Timberwolves and Explorers, and I did honestly feel quite awkward, as anybody would when they are in new situations. After mass, I did not know what to do, and I was afraid to ask anybody since I did not know anybody. However a very kind leader named Manatee came up to me and told me what we were doing and where we were going to go. I began to get excited when I heard that we were going to go somewhere. We went to house of one of my fellow explorers, Justin. We had lots of fun and I realized that the movement wasnâ€™t just about worship. It was about having a good time expanding our faith. I told my mom that I had a good time and I was excited for the next week.
One place that helped me grow in my faith was during our annual summer camp. It was truly one of my best experiences, and I really felt close to God, because the prayer that I did was strong, and what I felt was an urge to be close and to get to know God. Though much time was well spent with adoration, we also had many games and many fun activities, such as wide games and canoeing.
One of the greatest things that has made me feel at home here are the people involved. The explorers are very kind people, who are very dedicated to God, and the leaders are excellent at helping us stay away from sin and keep on the way to heaven. One leader especially is our troop leader, who is the most devoted person that I have ever met. He is very dedicated to our group, and truly cares about all of the Explorers and Timberwolves. His hard work has helped many of the Explorers and Timberwolves to be closer to our God, and I thank him so much for doing so.
I love being an Explorer and through this brief testimony I invite other boys to come and join our awesome movement, to have an exciting time, to make new friends and to explore the world in a constructive and positive manner.
From Joon Chai - Why am I an Explorer?
I am an Explorer because I get to be with my fellow brothers and because being an Explorer extends my relationship with people, family but most of all God.Â I learn more about the spiritual life Jesus wants us to live and practice our Catholic faith.Â I earn and learn leadership skills, responsibilities and many other things that is good for the society and to myself.Â I have fun while camping, doing survival exercises and playing games.
The program embraces the following ideals:
Our boys, as part of their Explorer Troop program experience, 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 around which the program is built, to support and encourage while providing enough challenge to keep our Explorers interested:
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 and 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.
The first responsibility of the Explorer is at home, then to take responsibility for his country, to stand up for a free and brotherly world, while also being proud of and practicing his faith.
There is an aggressive progression program for our Explorers to follow, starting with Promise cross requirements, 2nd Class award, and the 1st Class Award.
There are an 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 much more.
Our Explorer progression program is like no other program available to youth within our community.
The Troop consists of the Honour Patrol (Fox) consisting of Patrol Chief's and our Troop LeadersÂ along with the Mountain Lion, Jaguar, Chipmunk, Wolf,Â GrizzlyÂ and Wolverine Patrols.
Summer Program Activities 2017
Summer camp -We will camp at a camp site near Orangeville August 12-21 - please visit the summer camp page for more information.Â