With various aspects of the Royal Rangers program different standards are used in relation to a boy’s participation as compared to that of an adult leader. Uniforms for boys follow a slightly different configuration than those of leaders. Differences also exist in relation to training, advancement, and leadership positions. In an effort to better define the differences between a boy and an adult leader the following standards have been established.
Prior to his 18th birthday, a boy is always classified as a "boy" (student) in all aspects of the program. He cannot be classified as an adult leader or participate in any adult leader training events prior to his 18th birthday, regardless of his High School graduation status.
Once a boy reaches 18 years of age he must transition into the ranks of adult leadership, regardless of High School graduation status. As an adult he must then take the following steps to comply with established standards for adult leaders.
- He must convert his uniform to comply with adult leader uniform standards.
- Replace the “Expedition Rangers” name tag with a “Royal Rangers” name tag
- Remove all boys’ advancement insignia. (Note: As an adult leader, he may continue to wear the insignia of the highest award he earned as a boy.)
- Remove all junior training insignia.
- Remove any junior leadership local office insignia
- Discontinue the use of any color guard uniform accessories, including saber swords, in all settings
- He must apply and be approved for adult leadership according to his church’s policy concerning the appointment of children & youth workers. (See Qualifications for Leaders)
- He must register as an adult and seek pastoral approval to attend Royal Ranger events as required by outpost, district, or national event leadership.
- He must occupy separate sleeping arrangements and utilize separate shower facilities and restrooms from those used by boys under 18 years of age. (Note: While this practice is recommended and commonly applied at most Royal Rangers events, actual application may vary in some situations.)
- He may fully participate in adult training programs.
Moving into the ranks of adult leadership provides a young man with new opportunities to learn and grow as a leader and a man. His perspective of the program will likely change by a significant degree as he experiences the program from the vantage point of a leader rather than a boy. But these new experiences will serve as new opportunities to grow into the Christlike servant leader he was created to be.