Like Scouts for Adults: Fox Club Society of PEI.


Have you lost your connection with the outdoors? Was this the last time you climbed a tree or took a nature walk when you were a Boy Scout? A new adult club in Prince Edward Island, the Fox Club Society, is ready to help you fill this void.

The company formed last year, after Daniel Roper admired some guide badges shown to him by a friend who is a leader.

It made me discover a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t have done!-Daniel Roper

“I was like, why don’t we have this for the adults?” said Roper, 35, who is the executive director of the company, also known as Mr Fox. By day he is the supervisor of the Kensington North Watersheds Association.

Fox Club Society members show off their skills in identifying wild plants. (Fox Club Society / Facebook)

Roper began organizing meetings and founded the Fox Club Society, now a registered non-profit organization. He didn’t have to look far for support – his partner Bonnie Hayden, 37, is a club manager.

“It gets the adults out of the house,” Hayden said. “You can’t be bored in Prince Edward Island, there is so much to do!

“Happy to be involved”

The company now has more than 30 members, of which 10 to 15 people usually attend an event. They get together every few weeks for activities like hammock making, rock climbing, and pickling canned goods.

How many foxes does it take to marinate cans? (Fox Club Society / Facebook)

The emphasis is on learning new skills, reconnecting with nature and camaraderie with new friends. Fox clubbers wear handmade, rust-colored scarves and earn badges, which are also handcrafted by members.

“It seems like everyone hears about it and then when they get on board they’re excited and happy to get involved and learn new things,” said Hayden, who is also a Holland College wildlife instructor. preservation. Her company name is “Badger” because she is responsible for designing the club’s badges.

Members are encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with each other – and they have done so by learning guitar, archery, pottery and more on outings.

“A little motivation”

“Everyone likes a little bit of motivation to do something a little different,” Roper noted. “It made me discover a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t have done!”

Some of the badges you can earn as a member of the Fox Club Society of PEI. (Fox Club Society / Facebook)

The registration fee is $ 60 per season. There are four events or outings per season, as well as a wilderness camping trip. Members must be at least 20 years old to join.

On Saturday, October 15, you can learn more about the company when the couple give a talk titled Nature in the City in Charlottetown’s Victoria Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. They will have a treasure hunt, bags of goodies and a prize draw.

They will discuss the importance of spending time in nature for a balanced lifestyle, native and invasive plant species in Charlottetown, and identify “what is wild in the city”.

For more information on the Fox Club Society, see their website Where Facebook page.

Bonnie Hayden makes indoor rock climbing easy on an outing with the Fox Club Society. (Fox Club Society / Facebook)


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