ABOUT

The FCF Women’s Auxiliary group was formed as a way to connect the women and men of FCF, and to enable us to share ideas, websites and information.

Purpose of FCF

FCF accomplishes the following purposes:

  • To give recognition to boys and men who have shown exceptional interest and outstanding achievement in the Royal Rangers ministry and in Royal Rangers campcraft.
  • To build a brotherhood of top-notch boys and men who will, over the years, continue to be Royal Rangers ministry and camping enthusiasts.
  • To emphasize the importance of involvement in the advancement program, development of campcraft skills, and completion of the leadership training programs.
  • To develop a corps of proven Royal Rangers who will strive to be the very best in Christian example and leadership.
  • To encourage the boys and men of Royal Rangers to always prefer others above themselves and to let their leadership be by example.
  • To show a spirit of servanthood, willing to give of time and energy above and beyond what is expected of Royal Rangers.

OKEFENOKEE CHAPTER HISTORY

The Okefenokee Chapter of the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship (FCF, originally called Frontiersmen Camping Fraternity) was founded during the summer of 1970 to give special recognition to the older boys and men who had distinguished themselves in advancement, training, and camping in the Georgia District.

The first meeting was held in September of 1970 at Brightmoor Camp in Griffin, Georgia near the banks of the Flint River in Spalding County.  At a lake surrounded by magnificent Georgia pines, FCF candidates were seated on the ground around a glowing council fire.  Approximately fifteen men were attending.

Dressed in buckskins and wearing coonskin caps, Paul Stanek and Ralph Palmerton opened the meeting with a ceremony that brought a feeling of mystery and expectancy.  As the blast of the hunter’s horn broke the stillness of the night, the first Okefenokee call-out was history.

After pledging to endure a time of testing, the candidates were led away into the wilderness carrying a large rope for an all-night vigil.  No one knew how the rope would be used nor the trials and testing awaiting the candidates.

The next morning following the vigil, the first candidates were officially inducted as members of the FCF.  This ceremony was conducted inside a beautifully painted tee-pee.

Since this occasion, many boys and men throughout the state of Georgia have enjoyed not only the state FCF activities, but have had the opportunity to travel nationally to witness thrilling experiences as FCF members from coast to coast gather to share the progress and excitement that has gripped the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship as a whole.

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