Estote semper parati! (“always be prepared”) is the motto of the Federation of North American Explorers (FNE). Now that our adult leaders have made their promise, FNE’s Mount Monadnock Group, based at Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, N.H., is prepared!
Our male and female sections, with their adult leaders, hiked two different trails of our eponymous Mount Monadnock. At the base and the summit, promise ceremonies took place, and the adult leaders received their promise crosses. We were joined by our brothers and sisters from the North Star Group in New Jersey, who have taken us under their wing. As Saint Benedict Center sponsors the Mount Monadnock Group, the North Star Group is sponsored by Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church, a thriving traditional Latin Mass center.
Based in Canada, the FNE is affiliated with the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe, which today continues the work of Fr. Jacques Sevin, S.J., a friend of the founder of scouting, Lord Baden-Powell. FNE offers single-gender scouting for both boys and girls, with troops strictly separated along gender lines.
The Mount Monadnock Group is the second group of the FNE in the United States after the North Star Group. Several other groups are now in formation.
The Mount Monadnock Group has three female sections (Otters, Timber Wolves, and Explorers), and two male sections (Timber Wolves and Explorers).
From the North Star Group’s site:
We are not affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, WOSM, WAGGGS, the Girl Scouts of the USA, or any other similar youth group.
- Our program is based on Baden-Powell’s original program, which was published only after Lord Baden-Powell consulted with religious authorities, including then-Abp. Francis Bourne of Westminster (later made a Cardinal by Pope St. Pius X).
- The movement founded by Lord Baden-Powell has been explicitly approved by every Pope since Pius XI.
- Our movement was founded in 1956 by French and German leaders who wanted to practice Baden-Powell’s principles in a Christian context. The movement was, and remains, Catholic in character. In 2003, the UIGSE-FSE was erected as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right by the Pontifical Council of for the Laity and this declaration was reiterated in 2008.