On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the Federation of North-American Explorers – 1st North Star Group took part in the annual C.H.A.P.L.E.T. (Catholic Homeschool Association with Papal Loyalty Educating Together) Homeschool Conference at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ. We were busy for much of the day and managed to “get the word out” about our movement, our principles, and our mission. Of course none of these things can be easily broken up into soundbites or brief talking points; it was gratifying to see how people were willing to stay and chat long enough for us to deliver our message. There isn’t anyone else in the country at the moment who is doing what we’re trying to do, which is to present the Faith in an innovative program based on Baden-Powell’s original principles (which have always been approved by the Church).

Six of our Timber Wolves, three boys and three girls, joined us for the day and provided a great example of the Explorer Law: “An explorer is courteous and chivalrous.” They were helpful in every aspect of the conference, from setting up the table and breaking it down, to volunteering with the food service. But most of all, they set examples of how Christian ladies and gentlemen should conduct themselves.

Akela and Bagheera at the CHAPLET Conference with our sixers

Akela and Bagheera at the CHAPLET Conference with our sixers

We would like to thank all of those who took the time and trouble to talk to us on Saturday. We would also like to thank the organizers of the CHAPLET Conference who went to great lengths to accommodate us. Hopefully we managed to pique your interest in our movement and what it stands for. Please keep us in your prayers!