Don’t let your camping be the idle, boring picnic that it can become when carried out on military lines. — Lord Baden-Powell

Profile: Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE, Colorado  

Please read about our brothers and sisters in the Rocky Mountains!

Group Leader: Nicholas Trandem, info(at)olmcexplorers(dot)org
Group Name: Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE Group
Patroness: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Group Colors: Navy Blue and Silver
Web Site: www.olmcexplorers.org

Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE Group - Colorado

Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE Group – Colorado

Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
We chose Our Lady of Mount Carmel because our home parish is Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, Colorado. We have witnessed her strong and miraculous intercession in the herculean effort of building our new parish church, and we place ourselves under her protection.

Navy Blue and Silver:
We gave the boys freedom to suggest colors for the group, and the two finalists were Marian colors — brown and gold for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and navy blue and silver for Our Lady in general. Our boys have a great love of Our Lady — one of the first decisions of their chiefs two years ago away to pray the Holy Rosary at the first troop meeting every month!

Q. What sections will you be offering on start-up?
We will have a full complement of sections — Timber Wolves, Explorers, Wayfarers, and Otters — for the boys, and we expect to start very soon with at least one section — an Explorer company — for the girls.

The boys’ Explorer Troop will start with two patrols, the Coyote Patrol, whose patron is Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati; and the Mountain Lion Patrol, whose patron is St. Louis IX, King of France.

Q. How did you hear about FNE and why did you choose to join?
I have had an abiding interest in Lord Baden-Powell’s educational method and its implementation in a Catholic context, and I’ve known about FSE and FNE for several years. Father Jackson, our pastor, has been to the Chartres pilgrimage four times, and each time he has been very impressed by the FSE youth participating in the pilgrimage. We were looking for a solid, established Catholic program for the youth of our parish and beyond (our group includes families from 10+ parishes of the Archdiocese of Denver and the local Byzantine Catholic parish). FNE and FSE have a proven track record of forming good Catholics through traditional methods, and have the materials and support to enable our leaders to bring that program to our youth. We’re very excited to be part of such an awesome organization!

Group Profile: Crusaders of the Holy Cross FNE in Atlanta, Georgia  

Group Leader: Daniel Minter, danminter1(at)gmail(dot)com
Group Name: Crusaders of the Holy Cross FNE Group
Patron: St. Dominic Savio
Group Colors: Black with light blue trim

Crusaders of the Holy Cross:
Our group chose the Holy Cross of Christ because we desire to pledge our love and fidelity to the sacrifice that our Lord made upon it, thereby seeing it as the model for our lives and the path to salvation.  We know that there is no love without embracing the Holy Cross of our King.

Black with Light Blue:
We also recognize and hold most dear in our hearts the sacrifice of our Lady, the blessed and immaculate Virgin Mary, as she watched her son suffer upon the Cross.  We promise to wear her blue colors to honor her love for us and to wear the black colors of our holy priests who do their work in service to the will of God almighty.

Q. What sections will you be offering on start-up?
We currently have boys’ Explorers and Timber Wolves.

Q. How did you hear about FNE and why did you choose to join?
We chose FNE because we wanted an organization that balanced the importance of outdoorsmanship with the faith of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. We chose St. Dominic Savio as our Patron Saint because of his example of always leading his peers to God.  We think our youth can identify with him because he was  so young and still so full of faith in Christ.

Crusaders of the Holy Cross FNE (Georgia) together with Stella Maris FNE (Southern Florida)

Crusaders of the Holy Cross FNE (Georgia) together with Stella Maris FNE (Southern Florida)

Group Profile: Confluence of the North American Martyrs FNE, New York  

Please read about our brothers and sisters in New York’s Southern Tier!

Group Leader: Michael Villanella, conamfne(at)gmail(dot)com
Group Name: Confluence of the North American Martyrs FNE Group
Patron: Pope St. John Paul II
Group Colors: Gold and White

Confluence of the North American Martyrs:
The Confluence is a reference to the two major rivers (Susquehanna and Chenango) that converge in our home town, and the North American Martyrs is a reference to the eight Jesuit martyrs (St. Isaac Jogues and companions) that offered their lives to convert the Native Americans in our geographic area.

Gold and White:
Our group colors are the colors on the papal flag and are evidence of our fidelity to the Pope and Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Q. What sections will you be offering on start-up?
We currently have boys’ Timber Wolves, Explorers, and Otters as well as girls’ Timber Wolves.

Q. How did you hear about FNE and why did you choose to join?
A group of fathers wanted to offer an experience in the Baden-Powell tradition to the youth of our parishes. We felt it was important for the youth to be a part of something that they could identify themselves by — and, most importantly, do so while proudly living out their faith. While searching for organizations that would meet our criteria we stumbled into the FNE. It quickly became evident that this is what we had been searching for and we enthusiastically began the process.

Profile: Divine Mercy FNE, Branford, Florida  

Please read about our brothers and sisters in the Sunshine State!

Group Leader: Deacon Paul Pettie, ppettie(at)gmail(dot)com
Group Name: Divine Mercy FNE Group
Group Colors: Crimson/Red and Pale White
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Profile: Morning Star FNE Group in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  

Please read about our brothers and sisters in the Sooner State!

Group Leader: Bob Brown, morningstarfne(at)gmail(dot)com
Group Name: Morning Star FNE Group
Group Colors: Gold on Navy Blue
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