What content is included in TRaCclub?
TRaCclub contains online curriculum, including meeting plans and merit teaching materials for Royal Rangers leaders. Material in TRaCclub is organized into "tracks" - Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, and Expedition Rangers - each one providing all the materials necessary to conduct meetings for a specific age group for one full year. A track for leaders is also available and provides a variety of additional resources to equip and empower local leaders for success.
How does TRaCclub differ from the old print curriculum?
One of the great features of TRaCclub is the ability to keep the curriculum relevant to better equip leaders to mentor future men. With that in mind, each of the Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, and Expedition Rangers tracks in TRaCclub have NEW teaching material for the required leadership merits—red, gold, and sky blue, respectively. Leadership merits help train boys and young men to become leaders in your outpost. The Leader’s track has the new Junior Leadership Foundations program, which builds relationships between boys and young men and a mentor (leader). The brown Bible merits have been completely rewritten to address relevant topics for today’s young man. Look for regular updates to the curriculum each time you log in.
What is the relationship between TRaCclub and chartering?
The only relationship between TRaCclub and chartering is the 15% discount one receives for being chartered when purchasing a TRaCclub membership. Currently chartered outposts receive a 15% discount off the regular retail price of any Rangers gear ordered online, including TRaCclub! TRaCclub itself is not a chartering benefit.
What exactly does the invitation code in the back of the Leader Manual give me access to?
The invitation code, located on the inside back cover of the Leader Manual, gives a complimentary two-year membership only to the Leader’s track of TRaCclub, which includes supplemental resources for leaders. All meeting guides and merit teaching materials are found in the group tracks, NOT the leaders track.
How can I purchase TRaCclub, and what information will I need?
TRaCclub may only be purchased online with the use of a credit or debit card. You will need the following information before you begin the purchase process:
- Preferred payment card (debit card, credit card, etc.)
- Name and email addresses for EACH person receiving a track
- District and outpost number OR your church’s GPH account number and zip code
After the purchase is made, both the purchaser and the member/recipient (if purchased by someone other than the member) will receive e-mail messages containing an INVITATION CODE. This code must then be used to activate the membership and setup a username and password. Once used, the Invitation Code becomes invalid and members will access the system with their username and password.
Can I charge a GPH account number for the purchase of TRaCclub?
Not at this time. The church’s GPH account number is only used as one of the methods of verifying an outpost's charter status (chartered outposts receive 15% off the regular retail price of TRaCclub). The ability to charge a membership purchase to a GPH account number is a feature we hope to add with future enhancements to the system.
Who should have a membership in TRaCclub?
TRaCclub is intended for use by Royal Rangers leaders in conducting weekly meetings and in teaching merits. It is, therefore, recommended that all leaders who fill a teaching role in the outpost have a membership in TRaCclub. However, outposts may choose to minimize costs by purchasing memberships for a limited number of individuals and assigning them the responsibility of accessing and printing the necessary resources for all groups each week. Regardless of the number of group memberships purchased, it is recommended that every leader purchase the Royal Rangers Leader Manual to access to the free, 2-year membership to the Leader track of TRaCclub. The Leader Manual provides valuable information all leaders need and serves as the primary resource for all leadership training programs
Can parents or families purchase memberships to TRaCclub?
Yes. Many families currently use Royal Rangers as part of their home schooling program. Others use Royal Rangers advancement activities as a basis for family outings or home discipleship. Many boys in Royal Rangers seek ways to advance and achieve in the program at a faster rate than is followed by their outpost, choosing to complete other merits in addition to those earned through participation in regular outpost meetings. In all of these situations, a family membership to TRaCclub could be very beneficial. The ease-of-access and universal availability of an online curriculum format makes TRaCclub a great resource for Royal Ranger families.
Can TRaCclub memberships be transferred or refunded?
No. TRaCclub memberships are purchased for specific individuals. If a member later moves to another church or leaves Royal Rangers leadership, their membership goes with them. Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Do I need an Internet connection in my meeting room?
No. TRaCclub is not an online meeting program. It is generally not necessary to access TRaCclub during regular weekly meetings. Leaders need access to TRaCclub only when planning their meetings.
Can I or someone else purchase memberships for all the leaders in the outpost at one time?
Yes. An individual may purchase one or more memberships at the same time either for himself or for other Royal Rangers leaders. In addition, an individual may purchase multiple memberships for multiple Royal Rangers leaders. Individuals should make sure they have all the required information (see question #5 above) before purchasing memberships in TRaCclub.
Does TRaCclub work on MACs as well as PCs?
Yes. Since TRaCclub is a web-based application, no software is downloaded or installed on your system. All TRaCclub functions are performed using the web interface. Therefore, TRaCclub may be fully utilized on any computer platform with internet access, regardless of the operating system being used.
Does a membership to TRaCclub give me access to all materials in my membership track?
No. TRaCclub memberships are designed for use on an annual basis. A membership enables users to access a specified amount of content, representing more than enough material to conduct meetings and activities for one full year. Users may select merits, meeting guides, and other materials that best suit the unique needs and interests of their group. However, since TRaCclub includes ample materials for operating a Royal Rangers program for more than three years, all content cannot be accessed with a single annual membership.
Can I preview content within TRaCclub before I activate it?
Documents in TRaCclub cannot be directly previewed at this time, but the requirements for all skill merits can be viewed online by clicking the "Merit Requirements" button in the right margin. This link will direct you to the national Royal Rangers web site where all skill merit requirements can be found.