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The FNE Flag

The Meaning

The FNE Explorers’ flag is known as our Baussant. It incorporates the cross on a background of white over black. Our flag is normally flown 24-hours a day while at camp. It represents a form of spiritual protection. The white represents day, and the black represents night as our program runs both day and night. White also represents goodness and love, which overcome hate and evil, represented by black.

The FNE cross is composed of the Maltese cross with a fleur-de-lys. The Maltese cross evokes the ancient ideal chivalry, particularly that of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The red color represents the blood Our Savior shed on the Cross for us. The golden color of the fleur-de-lys symbolizes the light of Christ. It is the symbol used on old maps to point north and likewise points us to Christ. The three petals remind us of the ideals of an Explorer: freedom, dedication and purity. The eight points of the Maltese Cross symbolize the Eight Beatitudes with which Our Lord opened the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-10).