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Parent FAQ's - Parents


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Frequently Asked Questions - Parents

FAQs - Parents

In our experience it is best for parents not to contact campers during camp as this may trigger emotions that make then homesick. In case of emergencies only, you can try your Outpost Leader’s cell number, but reception is highly unreliable in the camp area.

TraCclub is lisenced to your entire outpost. Are your son's leader to share the PDF document from which he teaches the lesson with you. This will help you complete any missed work with your son. Let the leader know what you worked on so that he can sign it off in your son's handbook. NOTE: Only your son's leader may sign off completed work.

Each age group has a handbook you can purchase that explains what is needed for advancement. The back pages have tracking charts your son's leader will sign once he has completed the requirements. Ask the leader to share the merit TraCclub PDF with you so that you can help your son catch up on any missed requirements.

You enter FCF as Frontiersmen after completing Junior Frontiersmen camp. This allows you to attend all other FCF camps but all testing for advancement takes place at Advancement Camp (which runs simultaneously with Junior Frontiersmen Camp).

Your advancement level representative will send you an advancement packet to complete and study from. If you do not receive a packet, the onus is on you to contact your rep to send you one.

For Frontiersmen to advance to Buckskin, they need to pass a written test, turn in a completed advancement packet and score enough points on their practical testing during Advancement Camp so come prepared.

Buckskin members attend Advancement camp two more years, completing Wilderness 1 and Wilderness 2 respectively. Again, they will receive a packet and undergo testing to show their competency before being allowed to move onto the next level.

The final level of graduation is the Wilderness Vigil. Candidates need to be ready physically, mentally and spiritually for this challenge. Details of the adventure are kept secret and are only revealed to candidates as needed, but suffice to say candidates must have a complete outfit, all the necessary Frontiersmen gear and knowledge to survive a night without sleep in the wilderness.

This will take a bit or research. Start by looking at your son’s interests and then research what kinds of trades Frontiersmen had between 1750 and 1850. His outfit will largely depend on his trade. Trades were very specialized in those days, so instead of being a leather maker you’d rather be a saddle maker, for example. Visit the FCF section on this site and click on “persona” and “trades” for more info.

Start off slowly. Shop at Goodwill and other thrift stores for clothing that looks the part and build from there. This is not supposed to cost you much so keep it simple and get stuff that you might trade. Once you have a general idea, you start making your own items or shopping for them online.

By graduating from 5 of the 7 camps offered by the Junior Leader’s Training Academy, your son will be eligible to earn his Saber. Your son has to complete Junior Training Camp (JTC) first, and one year later he has to complete Advanced Junior Training Camp (AJTC). From there, he can choose three more of the following camps: Winter Camp, Frontiersmen camp, a hiking camp, survival camp or a canoe camp to graduate from the Academy.

Junior Winter camp is offered in January and the Frontiersman camp runs in May but all the other camps are offered simultaneously in August. Candidates may attend more than one camp a year where possible (obviously you can only attend one of the camps that run simultaneously per year).

Sabers are presented to graduates during the annual Rangers Academy Banquet. Family and friends are invited to witness this very prestigious ceremony.

All campers are expected to find their own way to and from camp. We suggest parents car pool or arrange to use their church van.

  • Complete Junior Training Camp (JTC) OR complete Trail of the Grizzly merit series (Compass, Cooking, Firecraft, First Aid Skills, Ropecraft, Lashing, Tool Craft and Camping).
  • Must be at least 11 years old, and recommended by his outpost leader
  • Complete Junior Frontiersmen Camp

Ranger Kids (K to 2nd grade) have a family camp-out once a year where an adult male has to accompany them. Boys 3rd Grade and up can attend Summer Camp with leaders from their outpost. Academy and Frontiersmen camping is for the older boys; Adventure Rangers and up.

Cooking and being self-sufficient is part of Ranger training so in most cases food is not provided. Please check the camp packet for details.

Yes! Just come as you are and you will be accepted. We have marquees your son can stay in at $5 per night or he can share a lodge with other Young Bucks. Frontiersmen campers are extremely generous and will lend you whatever you need. You are expected to work hard at getting or making your own gear.

The camps have modern flush toilet and private hot shower facilities available to all campers, including Frontiersman Campers. Bring your own towel and toiletries.

Frontiersmen were typically nomadic and got by with very little, so you really don’t need much.

  • Get yourself a brown canvas tarp at Fleet Farm use can use to make a shelter or small tent. We’ll show you how.
  • A small cot is nice to keep you off the cold or wet ground
  • Use a modern sleeping bag, cover it with a cheap wool blanket for the primitive look
  • Build yourself a wooden box 1’tall x about 2’x about 1’ to store all your gear in. Store your clothes in a satchel
  • Cooking gear you need is a cast iron pan that doubles as your plate, eating utensils and a coffee pot for boiling water.
  • A good fixed blade knife and sheath
  • A throwing knife (has to be single bladed)
  • A tomahawk and sheath
  • A flint and steel kit, charred cloth and tin (an Altoids tin works well)
  • Rope for lashing.
  • Lantern and candles

The Old Timers tend to purchase primitive tents with heaters, bring in beds and matrasses but really, all that is not necessary! Rough it, enjoy the adventure!

Although very seldom, accidents do happen. Minor incidents will be treated by staff with American Red Cross training in first aid. All campers have to turn in medical information with their registration that allows camp staff to act on parent’s behalf during a medical emergency. The emergency contact(s) listed on this form will be contacted immediately.

  • Purchase a handbook for your son and review it with him.
  • Set goals with your son and praise him as he achieves awards and merits
  • Help him complete any missed lessons and assignments
  • Ask him what he learned in Rangers and practice with him
  • Add all events to your calendar and ensure your son is signed up in a timely fashion. The easiest may be to sync your calendar with the Rangers calendar. Follow directions on the calendar page.
  • Pray and read the Bible every day with your son and incorporate any memory verses and required reading into your quiet time
  • Always be ready to help Ranger leaders at events and camp-outs. Leader’s are not experts in every merit, volunteer to help teach a merit you know a lot about.

Due to low demand, GPH no longer carries the dress uniform or the formal uniform blazer. Alternative sources for these items are available upon request from the National Office. Call 417-862-2781 Extension 4181.