Since our last update (November 2013), three of our groups have been formally installed. First, our El Camino Real group in Oceanside, California was installed by our founder and general commissioner Paul Ritchi in February.

El Camino Real FNE Group - Installation and Promise Ceremony

Group Leader Matt Williamson makes his Explorer promise before General Commissioner Paul Ritchi

Second, our Northern Lights group in Madison, Wisconsin was installed in March, also by our general commissioner.

Northern Lights FNE - Madison, Wisconsin - installation

Group Leader Akela Jeff Bond together with the 1st St. Michael Timber Wolf Den

Last but surely not least, our group in Sacramento, California was installed by our national religious adviser Fr. Hugues Beaugrand.

FNE Group Installation and Promise Ceremony - Sacramento

Fr. Hugues Beaugrand receives the promise of a patrol chief for the 1st St. Stephen Troop

In addition to the above, we have also been able to expand into the following areas: Portland, Maine; Houston, Texas; Niagara Falls, New York; Charles Town, West Virginia; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We now have 15 groups in North America, with a few others still in development.

We were also able to publish the first issue of what we hope will be our quarterly newsletter, The Explorer, with articles from Fr. Beaugrand, our founder and general commissioner Paul Ritchi, and Sr. Grey Fox (one of the leaders in our Mount Monadnock group in New Hamphire), among others. Please do check it out!

Finally, another of our St. Katharine Drexel girl Explorers received her promise cross.

St. Katharine Drexel girl Explorer makes her Promise

St. Katharine Drexel girl Explorer makes her Promise and receives her FSE promise cross