to what we hope will be a rewarding and life-long journey, a journey
into our past and the skills that kept our forebears alive. Membership
in the North American Frontiersmen is a reward available to those of
good character and stout heart who are willing to aim at a high target.
Our Association stands on three legs - Fellowship, Survival Skills, and
Historical Preservation. In order to sustain these ideals, we carefully
screen those whom we invite to join our ranks. You are starting down a
path in which you will be asked to demonstrate a good deal of
willingness and patience. The trail will not be easy, and success will
depend on your ability to carry your own weight and cooperate with
fellow members, but virtually anyone can succeed if they have the right
attitude. The North American Frontiersmen is not a rich manís club,
and operates entirely on volunteer efforts with a minimum of expense.
However, as in the old days, it will be necessary for you to make or
procure the various items necessary for survival in the wilderness. A
good part of your training will be in the use and maintenance of these
tools and techniques. The specific requirements that Apprentices must
meet are found in our Bylaws and copied below. However, your Sponsor is
the living voice of the Association, and should help you understand and
fulfill these requirements in a manner that will do you credit.
Bylaws, Article IV
for Apprentice (Probationary) Membership
Membership in this association is by invitation only.
Prospects shall be sponsored by at least two Woodsman members, or one
To be accepted as Apprentice, the prospect must be at least 18 years
old, and demonstrate interest and motivation during at least two outings
with at least one sponsor, whose letter of recommendation with properly
filled out application, and fees as shown, shall be sent to the Captain
who shall present it to the Council of Elders for approval.
The Apprentice must own and demonstrate safe use of a period firearm or
bow suitable for the gathering of food as well as defense, and must have
a basic period outfit (clothing, knife, fire kit, bedroll, personal
The Apprentice must complete the requirements for Woodsman membership
or be dropped. Requests for extension must be for good cause; the
sponsor shall provide a written explanation and obtain approval from the
Council of Elders.
Good sponsorship is crucial to the well-being of any invitational
association. Sponsors are fully and personally responsible for
upholding, demonstrating, and teaching the traditions and standards of
the Association, and should ensure that each prospect receives full
attention. Their certification that a prospect is suitable and ready for
advancement is a solemn responsibility.
this form from the Secretary or by printing it out. Attach your letter
of recommendation, attesting that your proposed Apprentice has met
requirements C. and D. above, and is prepared to fulfill the
requirements for Woodsman in the required time. Have your prospect
complete the personal information shown below, and provide the fee
shown. Send all this material, with fee, to the current Captain, who
will present this application to our Council of Elders for approval.
Provide your Apprentice with a copy of the Woodsman Requirements, as
shown in our Bylaws or on the Woodsman Application, and discuss how you
will work together to meet these requirements within two years.
the personal information shown below for our Roster, sign the liability
waiver, enclose a membership fee of $25, and return all this to your
sponsor for mailing. The Council of Elders will forward approved
applications to the Treasurer for deposit of your fees and entry on the
Roster. Be sure to keep your address current. You should receive your
notice of acceptance, or request for further information, within 60
days. Good luck!
STATE, ZIP __________________________________
applying for membership, I confirm my understanding that Association
activities are inherently risky, involving the use of period and
primitive tools and equipment, and include dangers from black-powder
firearms, livestock, and watercraft used in remote areas that may not
offer rescue services. I agree to take full and personal responsibility
for my actions, exercising all reasonable precautions to avoid injuring
myself or others, and avoiding risks which I do not feel comfortable
undertaking. I understand that the Association is not a legal entity and
has no assets, and its activities are voluntary gatherings of
individuals who assume no legal responsibility for the safety of other
members. I agree to provide any and all insurance coverage that I deem
necessary to manage my personal risk. I hold the Association, its
officers, and property owners who allow us access, free of all liability
for injuries that may occur due to accident or failure to anticipate
RESPONSIBILITY TO REMAIN ACTIVE
North American Frontiersman does not charge annual dues, relying only on
sign-up fees to meet its minimal expenses. It is therefore the
responsibility of each member to remain in contact with the Association,
either online, via other members or officers, or by mail, and ensure
that their address on the Roster is up to date. Otherwise the member may
miss notices of events and elections. Members that do not respond to
mailings may be marked inactive and may not receive further notices.
This situation can only be corrected by the lost member contacting the
Association, updating their address as required, and remaining
responsive to future notices.
ADDRESS OF CURRENT TREASURER (2012 term)
836 Sunnyside Ave.
Santa Maria, CA 93455