Yes! At FCF we treat boys and men equally. You too will be expected to complete (or teach) the Trail of the Grizzly Compass, Cooking, Fire Craft, First Aid Skills, Ropecraft, Lashing, Tool Craft, and Camping merits but you must also have completed the “Ready Leader” training level.
Each age group has a handbook you can purchase that explains what is needed for advancement. You also need to purchase a FCF Handbook. 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 a Frontiersmen after completing Frontier Adventure camp. This allows you to become a mamber and attend all other FCF camps, but all testing for advancement takes place at Frontier Adventure camp.
You need to donwload the Workbook for the level you'd like to advance TO, which is Buckskin.
For Frontiersmen to advance to Buckskin, they need to have the Adventure Silver medal or E2 Award (men need Trained Leader training), turn in a completed advancement workbook and score enough points on their practical testing during the Frontier Adventure; so come prepared. They also need Company Trapper Trapper's Brigade hours.
Buckskin members typically attend Frontier Adventure camp two or more years before advancing to Wilderness. They too need to downoad the Wilderness Workbook and undergo testing to show their competency before being allowed to move onto the next level. They need Adventure Gold or E3 (men Advanced Training), and Bourgeois Trappers Brigade level to advance to Wilderness.
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. http://www.nationalfcf.com/Vendors/tabid/1218/Default.aspx
Cooking and being self-sufficient is part of Ranger training so in most cases food is not provided. Please check the camp sign-uo page 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.
Frontiersmen were typically nomadic and got by with very little, so you really don’t need much.
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!
Download the packet for the level your are working towards.
New Candidates download the Frontiersman Workbook
Frontiersman download the Buckskin Workbook
Buckskinners download the Wilderness Workbook
You need to review your workbook BEFORE camp. You will be asked to turn it in to your Advancment Representitive who will grade it and let you know whether you can advance to the next level.
In general, practice your knife, hawk and fire starting skills. Spend time at home MAKING items for your outfit! This will earn you enough beads to advance.