Weekly Meetings... What is Involved?
Unless otherwise indicated the Explorer Troop will meet on Friday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.45 pm as Patrol units at a School in Thornhill.
Parental Objectives/Leadership Objectives as to Program.
The Explorer program runs along established FNE (Federation of North-American Explorers) guidelines that will compliment your efforts as parents to raise a responsible, happy and successful member of our community. Concurrently, our program will help develop mutual respect for self, others, the environment, and the Explorer promise that states "to be faithful to God, my Church, my Country..." along with individual leadership skills.
What Do Explorers Do?
From a boy's perspective, they want to experience adventure in a positive and safe environment, to have fun, to feel that they belong as brothers with their fellow Explorers and to make new friends.
Our program meets and often exceeds the boy's needs through exciting and varied activities that are very much centered on the development of a Patrol system. The Explorers share in supporting the Troop and the Patrol by assuming positions of leadership, responsibility, while working together to support each other to grow into responsible young men in a number of facets.
The program activities consistently embrace the five key program aims:
1. Heath (physical and mental)
2. Sense of concrete things (ability to choose to participate in useful patrol activities)
3. Personal Traits (to learn how to become a better person)
4. Service (helping others, daily good deed)
5. God (our primary aim, to discover God and know that he loves each person in a very powerful and supernatural way)
Activities include seasonal camping, regular Patrol outings (swimming, canoeing, hiking, service projects such as feeding the homeless), retreats, Pilgrimages, faith celebrations, site tours such as the airport, building projects such as woodworking, visits to a fitness centre, movies, 2 week annual summer camp, Pilgrimage to Rome Italy and camping with our Italian and Polish brothers and much more!
When my son joins - does he have a special group that he belongs to?
All Explorers belong to a small group known as a Patrol of no more than 7 or 8 boys that are lead by two designated Explorers (a Patrol Chief and an Assistant Patrol Chief) who hold leadership responsibilities.
Who Can Join?
Any interested boy between the ages of 12 to 16. At age 17 the Explorer moves up into our Wayfarer Explorer section (for boys aged 17 and up). Confidential financial assistance is available upon request, as we believe no boy should be denied the opportunity to participate in our Explorer program. Should family financial resources not be available, please contact Paul Ritchi the Group Leader and Troop leader for more information.
Are there any Membership Requirements?
Only that our Explorers fully participate in the program being offered, and that parental support (for example being able to help transport the Explorers to a special event) is there. We are all volunteers working together so that our sons can fully benefit from the program.
What are the fees to join?
Fees are based on the time of year that your son joins the Troop. There is one fee that covers all projected costs, including transportation to and from camps, meals, accommodations, outings, badges, crafts and more. Actual costs amount to less than $1.50 per hour spent in the Explorer program. Summer Camp fees are not included in yearly membership fees.
Will my son need another uniform when he is of age for Wayfarer Explorers?
No, he will not - only the badges on his uniform will change.
When does my son need to wear his uniform?
Full and complete Explorer uniform is required for all activities unless indicated otherwise. (track pants can be worn over uniform shorts and knee socks to and from events during cold weather). Explorers must wear running shoes while involved in indoor activities as no boots are allowed in the gym and the running around in sock feet alone is not safe.
Who are the leaders?
Leaders are primarily fathers and other responsible young and not so young men who volunteer their time to run the best possible program for all of our Explorers, and to have fun while doing so. Leadership is a very rewarding experience, where friends are often made for life, and good memories of times at camp and within the organization are treasured for many years. Interested fathers are encouraged to contact the Troop leader - Paul Ritchi, at the contacts noted below, for more information.
The current leadership team consists of some 4 adult leaders with experience ranging from 37 years to 6 months or less. �We are looking for two more adult males to join the leadership team.
How will my son be treated or looked after?
Every boy is an individual; we treat your son as if he was our own while under our care. We measure your son's success not by the number of badges that he earns... rather that he did his best in whatever Explorer event that he may be participating in. We will do what we can to help every boy do their best.
Can parents come and see what Explorers do?
Yes, we have an open door policy. Parents are welcome to visit and remain for any meeting, to help with outings and special trips, and fathers are encouraged to stay and participate in a weekend camps and join us for some or all of summer camp.
What about information on upcoming events?
Being informed in a timely manner is very important. Newsletters and equipment lists (as what to bring to a camp) are published on a regular basis.
Do you embrace activities that actively encourage our son to better live his promise as it relates to being "Faithful to God"?
We do so by sharing stories, prayers, and worshiping together on Sunday's at Mass while away at camp and for other special occasions such as a Mass with the Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto or to head off on a Pilgrimage even as far as Rome Italy. As leaders we do our best to set a good example as part of every day living. Our "Being faithful to God" activities are presented from a Catholic Christian perspective. We encourage our Explorers to live their faith as our Explorers experience ways to reach out to help others, while also respecting the unique differences that make up each individual human being. The Explorer promise includes a provision whereas every member confirms that they are a child of the son of God, Jesus Christ, and therefore have a responsibility to love and serve the Lord as part of their everyday life as an Explorer.
What happens if I have any more questions?
Please contact myself or any one of the leadership team members at any time. We are more than willing to answer any questions that you may have.
Group Leader & Eagle Explorer Troop leader
E- mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
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