Royal Rangers Uniforms
Uniforms play an important role in Royal Rangers and serve as one of the primary methods we employ to accomplish the objectives of our program. Royal Rangers uses uniforms as a method to:
- Create a sense of identity and belonging for boys
- Instill a sense of responsibility and self-discipline
- Establish a degree of social equality within the outpost
- Provide boys a way to display their achievements
Royal Rangers groups have the flexibility of choosing from a variety of different options when selecting a uniform. This flexibility enables the group to select a uniform that best suits the unique needs and interests of their group. The meeting or event at which they are worn determines the level of formality. If your outpost has just started or if your boys' economic condition is such that the uniform is a hardship, work to get your boys uniformed in stages. Start by getting the boys in the less expensive, special uniform, such as Royal Rangers T-shirt and blue jeans. Then if your outpost chooses to use them, move forward to the utility uniform, and even the dress uniform for special occasions.
Every adult leader, boy, and young man is encouraged to wear the Royal Rangers uniform. The national Royal Rangers ministry empowers the local outpost to select the uniform option that best reflects the culture and personality of their church and community, and enables them to attract the greatest number of members. We encourage every church to measure the value of the utility uniform shirt with blue jeans and/or optional Ranger Tac pants. Whichever uniform is chosen by the outpost, it will be recognized at all local, district, and national events. (Note: Leaders choosing to serve on staff or as instructors will wear the prescribed uniform(s) of each event.)
The following uniform options provide outposts with a variety great deal of flexibility in choosing a uniform that best meets their unique needs and preferences.
- The Formal Uniform - for adult leaders only
- The Dress Uniform - a uniform option for adult leaders, Expedition Rangers, or Adventure Rangers
- The Utility Uniform - the standard, recommended uniform for all leaders and age groups
- The Special Uniform - a custom uniform option for the local group
Patch & Pin Placement on Royal Rangers Uniforms
Patch and pin placement is the same for all Royal Rangers uniforms utilizing a khaki shirt. Some patches are standard, required items and must be worn on all uniform shirts while other patches are optional. Please refer to the following information for details concerning the placement of patches and pins on a uniform.
The awards vest is a supplemental uniform item which allows boys to display all of the awards, training patches, and event patches they have earned in their current age group. The vest may be worn with the Utility Uniform or any special uniform as prescribed by the outpost.
For patch and pin layout on the awards vest, refer to the material in Appendix B of each of the boy's handbooks or use these flyers:
- Ranger Kids Awards Vest Patch & Pin Placement Guide
- Discovery Rangers Awards Vest Patch & Pin Placement Guide
- Adventure Rangers Awards Vest Patch & Pin Placement Guide
- Expedition Rangers Awards Vest Patch & Pin Placement Guide
- Leader's Awards Vest Patch & Pin Placement Guide
For More Information
Background information about the various uniform options and the transition from the previous uniform may be found by viewing an article published in the 2008 Rangers NOW (click here).
Additional details concerning uniform insignia and placement can be found through the following links:
- Uniform Size Measurements Conversion Chart
- Local Office Insignia Conversion Chart
- Saber Usage Parameters
- Color Guard Uniform Accessories
- Special Recognition & Non-Standard Uniform Items
NOTE: A transition deadline of July 31, 2011 has been set for all boys and leaders to transition to the new 2010 uniform standards.