Federation of North-American Explorers

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Federation of North-American Explorers
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Country Canada and USA
Founded 1999
Founder Paul Ritchi
Membership 1100
General Commissioner Paul Ritchi
Affiliation UIGSE-FSE
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The Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) is a Roman Catholic faith-based, outdoor youth movement[1][2] in Canada and the United States of America based on the methods of Lord Robert Baden-Powell and Venerable Jacques Sevin, SJ. It was founded in 1999[3] and serves more than 1100 members in 31 active groups throughout North America.[4][5][6] The association is a member of the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe.[7] However, due to fundamental differences in the values and ideals of the FNE and those of scouting as it has developed in North America, the FNE program stresses that they are Explorers and not scouts.


The association is divided in four sections according to age.[8][9][10][11] These ages are the same for both the male and the female programs, both of which are separated by age and gender.[9]

Program Extent and Pontifical Recognition[edit]

Although the FNE program in North America is limited to its 31 groups and approximately 1100 members, it is one of the 21 national associations that make up the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe (UIGSE-FSE). Combined, these countries account for more than 65,000 members. In 2003, the UIGSE-FSE received official recognition from the Vatican's Pontifical Council of the Laity as an International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right.[12] In 2008, the association was further recognized in a letter from Vatican Secretary Josef Clemens, where he thanked them for their efforts.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Explorers of the Faith". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Catholics Explore Scouting Options". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Catholic Scouts Celebrate 10 Years". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  4. ^ "FNE Group Directory". Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  5. ^ "FNE Group Locator Map". Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Seeking an Alternative to the Boy Scouts". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  7. ^ "FSE Nation List". Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  8. ^ "FNE Explorers grow closer to God". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  9. ^ a b "FNE Youth Programs". Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  10. ^ "North Star Youth Programs". Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Stella Maris Youth Programs". Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  12. ^ "International Union of European Guides and Scouts". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  13. ^ http://www.fneexplorers.com/about-us

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