Our Symbols

Our Name — Stella Maris

“Stella Maris,” Latin for “Star of the Sea,” is one of the names given to Polaris, the fixed North Star. “Stella Maris” is also a title for Mary, who guides us to her Son like the stars guide ships that travel over the sea to a safe harbor, “Ad Jesum Per Mariam.”

With this name we pay tribute to our FNE brothers from Philadelphia, who chose “North Star” for their name, in gratitude for the help they gave us in establishing a new group for South Florida. We also pay tribute to the explorers and missionaries who crossed the Atlantic, using the stars to guide them, to bring the faith to the New World.

Visit this page for instructions on how to find Polaris in the northern sky.

Our Colors

Dark blue and white are the colors on our neckerchiefs. Dark blue represents our lives. It is the color of the dark of night and the deep waters of the ocean. White represents the Purity of Mary, the bright Star of the Sea, who guides us to her Son as we travel through the hardships of this life.

Our Emblem

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):

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
  • Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
  • Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
  • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.
  • Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

As official emblem for all associations, the Federation adopted a Malta cross with eight points and a golden fleur-de-lis. This choice was not made by chance. It was on All Saints’ Day, when the Church proclaims solemnly the eight beatitudes to the whole world. For the F.S.E., these beatitudes are precisely symbolised by the eight points of its emblem.

— From The Origins of the UIGSE-FSE

Our Flag

The FNE Explorers’ flag incorporates the emblem 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.