1: Who are you (what is FNE)?
We are a volunteer Catholic Christian faith-based youth movement. By “movement” we mean that the varied FNE program experience can help shape the character, social, environmental, spiritual, leadership aspects of your child into his or her adult life. This single gender male or female program experience includes weekly gatherings, regular field trips, all season weekend camping opportunities, International Travel excursions and an annual summer camp.
We are members of a larger movement known as the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe active in 21 countries with 65,000 members strong. FNE offers four unique program levels: Otters ages 6.5 and 7 Timber Wolves ages 8 to 12, Explorers ages 12 to 16 and Wayfarer Explorers ages 17 to 26. All units are single gender youth and leaders.
2: What makes us Unique
We deliver a Christ-centered program experience where each member strives to become an Ordinary Saint through love, service, hard work, dedication, honesty, integrity, compassion, courage, prudence, and by embracing the Sacraments of the church. We hold true to our values and ideals even if society may be moving in a different direction.
We are uniquely a uniformed movement (one for males and another for females). Our youth proudly wear their uniforms as part of their program experience,
3: What do you do?
Program activities such as games, stories, leadership at the youth level, retreats, pilgrimages, camping, hiking, physical endurance activities, swimming, running, badge programs, mental developmental activities through problem solving, hand / eye coordination activities, learning to work and live with others from different cultures, Holy Mass, confession, prayers, along with Explorer ceremonies all come together to enable and deliver the exciting, challenging and dynamic Explorer program.
4: Why Should My Child Join FNE?
At the core of our movement are values which teach every participant what it means to become a fully formed man or women. Our youth learn the importance of meeting life’s challenges with an increased sense of responsibility, so as to be better suited to live, work, and play with youth from other cultures and life experiences.
"The Timber Wolf and Explorer program have brought many positive changes to our family"
"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 teamwork and social skills"
"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 now strongly believes GOD and often telling non-Christian friends about the existence of GOD excitedly"
5: What is the difference between FNE and other organizations?
We are an all-volunteer based Catholic faith youth movement. All funds raised support our youth and the delivery of their program experience. Our movement remains true to its values, principles, and ideals even during challenging times.
6: How about volunteer screening?
All volunteers must undergo a background Police check, complete a membership application, provide references and be on probation for a six month period.
7: Are local groups linked to a Parish?
Ideally yes, each group has its home parish to participate in and to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist through Holy Mass. Groups typically meet in school gyms rather than church halls due primarily to demands on church facilities and suitable space for the youth to run and play in. Membership is NOT limited to members of any particular parish.
8: How often do you go camping?
Every season fall, winter, spring and an annual summer camp that varies in length pending age of youth and available leader resources. Summer camps or international trips can last up to 21 days in length. Younger youth (Timber Wolves) are housed in heated cabins; older youth such as Explorers are often housed in tents or even homemade survival structures with adequate training and adult supervision in place.
9: Who can join?
Youth with the support of their parents who are supportive of the Catholic Christian confessional nature of the program delivered by FNE. Youth who profess a specific non-Christian faith belief or are members of a non-Christian faith cannot be admitted as members out of respect for their family beliefs and religious practices as the FNE Explorer program at every level acknowledges Jesus Christ as their saviour and that they are a child of the Holy Trinity with Jesus the savior.
10: As a parent what is expected of me?
Parents will support their child in having their son or daughter participate in the FNE program, wear neatly and completely the designated uniform and support FNE community service projects and fundraisers on a regular basis.
11: How is FNE funded?
We are a registered not for profit charity. We seek donations from corporations, private individuals, yearly membership fees and local group fundraising activities such as pancake breakfasts at parishes, raking leaves in the fall, tag sales at local area plaza’s and a spaghetti and movie night. 100% of funds raised directly support the FNE movement given that all leaders and board members are volunteers who donate their time and services.
12. How is FNE related to the Catholic Church?
We are recognized as a private pontifical association of faithful by the Holy See as well by the local Archdiocese of Toronto as a Catholic Lay Movement. The church supports the faith development aspects of our program while bringing to our youth and their leaders the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation (confession).
13. How big is FNE?
We are members of our home movement called the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe (also known as the FSE) some 65,000 members strong and growing in 21 countries. FNE continues to be active and growing throughout North-America with membership now exceeding 980.
14. Is FNE a Uniformed Movement?
Yes uniquely and proudly so. Our youth and their leaders wear a uniform that their brothers and sisters wear in Europe, one for girls (blue tops, skorts, and knee socks) and one for boys (tan tops, shorts, and knee socks). Timber Wolves wear berets and Explorers and leaders wear Stetsons. Special belts are worn along with a one-decade rosary and for timber wolves a pouch and rope.
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