About Us

Can You Help the 1st Four Arrows Youth Group members of the 
Federation of North-American Explorers?

  1. Background and Key Objectives
  2. Parent and Youth Funding Responsibilities
  3. Corporate Funding Objectives
  4. Management of Donations
  5. Suggested Donation Process
  6. Donations

In our ever busy and demanding world, the need to seek funding through membership fees, internal fundraising projects, and through corporate or private financial donations is a necessity in order to develop and deliver our 1st Four Arrows FNE Explorer program.

We take pride in the fact that, within our movement and within our own group, all funds raised directly benefit our youth and their all-volunteer leadership team. We have no paid staff, and no corporate overhead. There are no middlemen paid a management fee, nor are there any service charges deducted before the funds reach our youth.

We invite interested parties who like what they see here within our Website regarding our group and movement, to consider the potential opportunity to make a private or corporate financial donation to support our program goals and objectives.

As a registered charity, we will acknowledge any and all donations formally with income tax receipts promptly issued for donations greater than $10.00 upon request.

Background

In August of 1999 we launched a traditional and dynamic youth program for boys in Timber Wolves (age 8.5-11), Explorers (age 12-17) and Wayfarer Explorers (age 17 plus) in southern York Region and the north part of Toronto. We have successfully recruited mothers and other interested females to launch programs to our girls at the Timber Wolf level. We are ready to launch our girl Explorer Troop subject to the recruitment of girls to join the "Dove" Explorer Troop. Please see our main web page for additional information.

Currently, better than 135 youth and leaders (with extensive leadership experience) are enrolled in our new youth program all within its first three years of operation. Numbers are expected to increase substantially in subsequent years, as additional resources become available.  In August of 2009 we celebrated our 10th year of operation.

We are proud members of a movement known as the Union International des Guides et Scouts d'Europe-FSE, who are active in some 17different countries including Canada. Our focus is the delivery of traditional program values, as designed by the founder of the Scouting organization, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.

Key Program Objectives

Through regular weekly meetings, outings and all season camping, our objectives are to foster:

  • Respect for self and others
  • Discipline, responsibility, commitment.
  • Responsibility along with a sense of belonging through the wearing of complete uniforms.
  • Duty and responsibility to family first and foremost.
  • Duty and service to the community (e.g. visiting a nursing home or raking leaves for the elderly.)
  • Duty to God by encouraging the youth to embrace their faith as part of daily living.
  • Respect and care for nature, animals and the environment (e.g. by cleaning up a park).
  • A sense of belonging to a brotherhood or sisterhood, with positive adult role models.
  • Understanding, and a desire to help others.
  • Fun, and sharing in adventure.
  • The development of lifelong skills (e.g. first aid, leadership)

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Parental and Youth Funding Responsibilities

We strive to ensure that the youth and their parents understand that they must share in the responsibility to contribute to the funds required to support both the short and long-term delivery of the program. On the other hand, to spend the majority of our time fundraising by selling door-to-door products such as chocolate bars measurably reduces available time for critical program delivery activities. Thus, some sort of a balance must be struck.

  • Each youth is encouraged to contribute a percentage of their allowance towards base line national membership fees.
  • Parents hold the responsibility to pay yearly membership fees along with annual summer camp fees.
  • Financial support for families who are unable to afford some or the entire fee including a uniform will be made available to ensure that all interested youth have the ability to join our organization.
  • Parents, youth and leaders will work together at annual fund-raiser.

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Corporate Funding Objectives

To support long-term programs we are seeking potential donations to support:

  • Funding to assist youth of needy families for year one
  • Support for International Exchange Visit to Rome Italy for Easter of 2011
  • Making and supply of uniform parts to support future growth of our growing movement
  • Transportation - long term plans related to the lease / purchase of a 12 passenger van
  • To maintain our seven passenger van used to support a wide range of program activities
  • Sports equipment for games and youth skill development
  • Craft supplies for younger youth and their programs
  • Badges for youth to support group identification on camping uniforms and other group identification materials
  • Manuals, and badges in support of a well developed and proven program
  • Cost of insurance for equipment and other related requirements
  • Development of public relations materials to help grow our movement
  • Program resources and related support materials for each new unit
  • Office supplies and related materials to help keep our members informed
  • Camp rental costs (weekend rental rates now fall into the $1200.00 range)
  • Base line of uniform items that are loaned to the youth and retained as group property

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Management of Donations

  • Income tax receipts will be issued for all donations greater then $10 on request.
  • 100% of all funds raised will go directly to the youth and their program. No funds are directed to administrative or service charge or management fee overheads.
  • 100% of all adult members of our FNE Explorer movement are volunteers as originally intended by Baden-Powell. Thus no donations are spent on support staff.

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Suggested Donation Process

The First Four Arrows FNE Explorer group is formally registered as a not-for-profit organization within the Province of Ontario. We are further authorized to issue income tax receipts for donations by Revenue Canada.

Interested parties are invited to make your cheque payable to the 1ST Four Arrows Youth Group and mail to the attention of:

Paul Ritchi, Group Leader
1st Four Arrows Youth Group
Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE)
43 Bluesky Crescent
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
L4C 8J2

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Paul by e-mail at info@fourarrows.ca

Your consideration to this request for support is sincerely appreciated by our youth, their leaders, and parents. Thank you.

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Donations

The 1st Four Arrows Group - Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) - would like to formally acknowledge financial donations from the following parties, plus several others who asked not to be identified - thank you!

Platinum Sponsors ($10,000+):
Trillium Foundation
Archbishop Thomas Collins Charity Dinner Fund

Gold Sponsors ($5,000+):
Don Cousens Charitable Fund
Catholic Charities
Mark Caiger
Tecnum Group
PSA Insurance

Silver Sponsors ($2,000+):
Aero Mag 2000
Catharine Buie and Family
Inet Systems - Los Angeles
Riddle & Dutschek

Price Waterhouse Coopers

Bronze Sponsors:
Acanthus Real Estate
Access Lab Systems
Agino Eagle
Bruno's Fine Foods - Richmond Hill

Richard Blake
Kevin Chan
Anne Chang
Chubb Insurance
Cliffers Family

Costco - Markham

Cecilia Kim

H Mart

Bonnie Suen

Catholic Womens League - BTP

William and Olga Cooke
Cotton Family
D'Souza Family
Epcot Graphics
Tanya Furlan
Steven Gaggioli Holdings
Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Bronze Sponsors con't:
Horodyski Family
Haig Pel Tekian
Thornhill Village Festival

Inland Group
Dr. Stephen Johnson
Frank Kennedy
Lee Family
L'est Mann Group
Dr. Pius Kim
Kwai Jink Lowong
Kathy Nelson

MacDonald Dettwiler
Mark Buie
Marshall Macklin Monaghan
McPhail Family

Nabil Zakher
Morayo Services
Robert Ossowski
Vincent Park

Petromont
Pilot Insurance
Peter and Claire Ritchi

Kinghts of Colombus - BTP chapter

Rizzo Heating & Air Conditioning
Ritchi Family
R.S. Kane Funeral Home
Russel Metals
Sears Canada

Second Cup - Thornhill
Robert Spurrier
Patricia Lo
Stackpole
Suk Ja Kim
Theodora Fadaka

Tesma

Wal Mart Richmond Hill
Waffles International

Lang Tong
Torce Insurance
Mr. Visay Mathur
Joe Vaessen
Xerox Corporation
Vanessa Johan

Young-Jin Kim

Walter Jeskie

New sponsors or donations are italisized.


We would be pleased to add your name or corporation to this list - please and thank you!

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