FCF Family Camp
Fri, May 24 to Mon, May 27, 2019 @ Camp Wilderness
$20 per person
FCF Families + 1 Guest Family

Pastor Reference for Men

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FCF Family Camp is a time to slow down. A time to reconnect with your family and with others. A time to put away modern conveniences and spend time with the Lord in the fresh air and under the stars!
Melissa Zabel
Rangers mom
Family camp is a great way to experience frontier living with friends that want to draw closer to God.
Bruce Dailey
FCF President
Our church treats this as our annual all-church campout. Its great!
Charlotte Laux
Ben's mom
Trade supplies
Mend gear
Vigil preperation

Be set up before 7pm service Friday, leave at your own pace after service on Monday

Camp Wilderness, Waupaca


A Fully-emersive Experience

Build lifelong friendships as you spend Memorial Day weekend living like a frontiersman in the late 1700's! Allow us to host you and your family as we provide you with a fully-immersive old-world experience packed with games, competitions and unforgettable fellowship. Ask the FCF member that invited you to help you put together an outfit before you arrive, or see one of the Clothiers at camp. We usually have enough primitive camping gear to go around, but bring your modern camping equipment in case. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help.

Who Can Attend?

All campers have to be approved by their pastor and adults need a background check on file with their home church. This camp is intended for FCF members that with to show their families what FCF is all about. Each member family may invite one additional guest family with a boy interested in joining FCF.

What will we do at camp?

A devotional service is offered every morning and evening during camp. We all sit around a roaring council fire as our camp speaker brings the Word. We like to sing a few worship songs so please bring an instrument if you play.

Days are packed with competitions in black powder rifle shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing; and other Frontiersmen skills. You are welcome to try your hand at blacksmithing, bring items for trading or practice your frontiersman craft during camp. Be ready to teach someone a new skill. 

What's for dinner?

That's entirely up to you. No meals are provided, so members are expected to coordinate food with their guests. We suggest you keep meals simple, allowing more free time to enjoy frontier activities or camp crafts. Try to keep with the frontier theme when doing your meal plan.

What's primitive camping?

We camp as if it's the 1800's in period correct canvas tents, using equipment available only in that time period. To maximise this experience for everyone, we ask that you try your very best to dress the part, and use the gear FCF members have available to you. But don't let that stop you from attending. Many families will use modern camping equipment, but they do so subtly with the least possible impact on the frontier experience – no electricity, no flashlights and we all hide modern conveniences very well.

Don't forget the missions auction

Every year members donate quality items like cookware, clothes and handmade trade items FCF'ers need to build their kits and outfits. These items are then individually auctioned off and all proceeds go to support missions. Please remember to bring cash or your checkbook to support this great cause.

Event Leaders

Event Leaders

Pastor Bruce Dailey


Event Leaders

Rob Friske




Countdown to camp

Registration closes two weeks prior.

Frontiersman FAQ

Yes! At FCF we treat boys and men equally. You will need to take the Ranger Leaders training in order to advance in FCF, plus all adults need to have their pastor's permission to attend camps and have a background check on file with the church.

Each level of FCF has a handbook that you can download when you register for the advancement camp.  Advancement requirements are listed there. Additionally, you can purchase the FCF handbook to track and plan your progress.

You enter FCF as a Frontiersmen after completing Frontier Adventure camp. This allows you to become a member and attend all other FCF camps, but all testing for advancement takes place at Frontier Advancement camp.

You need to download the Workbook for the level you'd like to advance TO.

For Frontiersmen to advance to Buckskin, they need to be actively working on thier 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

  • Complete Junior Training Camp (JTC) and be actively working towards discovery gold eagle or adventure bronze.
  • Must be at least 11 years old, and recommended by his outpost leader
  • Complete Frontiersmen Adventure Camp

Food is only provided at the Frontier Adventure and Advancement camp. Bring your favorite food and prepare it at camp, and remember: keep it simple!

Yes! Just come as you are and you will be accepted. We have marquees your son can set up to stay in 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.

NOTE: All gear is provided to you at your first Adventure Camp, after that you need to provide your own.

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 you 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!

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.

Registering for any district camp just got a whole lot easier!

  • Set up an account for your family. All your camp info and forms are saved in one convenient place!
  • Fill out your medical forms once, and you're set. Of course, you can go back and edit your information at any time.
  • Enroll in the camps your family members plan to attend and we'll hold a space for you. Pay for events individually or all at once whenever you're ready. (Of course, we require at least partial payment before you're considered registered for camp).
  • When you enroll, your Outpost is notified. Contact Doris if you need registration reports emailed to your outpost.
  • Leaders, if you're serving on staff at a camp, get with the comp coordinator. He may have a discount code for you.