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Experienced leaders realize that one of the most appealing aspects of Royal Rangers is the activities they enjoy outside the weekly meeting. Meetings are important and form the backbone of any Royal Rangers program, but a consistent program of diverse activities will bring energy and excitement to an outpost like nothing else.
Boys need activity and learn best in an environment rich with hands-on activities and student participation. It is therefore essential that the weekly Royal Rangers meeting be a place where boys are given the opportunity to learn by interactive means and to be directly involved in a variety of physical activities. Consider these suggestions for making your weekly meetings a fun, hands-on experience for boys.
For some time, an update to the annual service awards system for organizational leaders has been in process. This revised process is much easier for individual award applicants while maintaining the value of tracking significant data to monitor the health of the program.
National Director Karl Fleig and I will be leading a Pathfinder Team to Kenya in early March 2018 to finish the first floor of the Royal Rangers East Africa Training Center. The team will be doing work like tiling floors, painting the walls, hanging light fixtures, and even building bunkbeds to make the main building fully operational.
Christmas is coming and now is the time of year when our minds turn to finding ways to show our affection or appreciation to those special friends and family who enrich our lives. If your circle of friends includes a Rangers guy, we’ve got some gift ideas you might be interested in. These could also be worth considering as appreciation gifts to all the Royal Rangers leaders in your outpost as a way of saying thank you for another year of investing in the lives of our boys.
The 2018 National Royal Rangers LEAD Conference will include a Centershot archery instructor’s certification course, provided by our National Shooting Sports Program (NSSP) leadership team. This 8-hour course is open to anyone age 18 or older and will provide attendees with Centershot archery certification to enable them to conduct safe archery events in their districts or outposts.
The Royal Rangers program is often compared to Boy Scouts of America and it considered by some to be a Christian alternative to Scouting. Although it is true that the two programs share many common features and objectives, they differ in several key ways. Individuals or groups who are familiar with Scouting will find many aspects of the Royal Rangers program familiar. But it would be valuable to be aware of the key differences between the core objectives of the programs.
The Royal Rangers program provides churches with a powerful tool for developing boys into Christlike young men. But as with any program, the full benefits of the program are only achieved as the result of a well-planned and well-conducted process. A systematic process of planning and preparation is therefore essential to the success of any outpost. Consider this as a suggested process for planning your outpost's annual program. The process requires time and effort to complete but it will be time well spent.
The central purpose of the Royal Rangers ministry is to equip churches to reach boys with the gospel of Christ and lead them through a process of growth into Christlike manhood. This purpose applies to smaller churches as well as larger ones. The process of mentoring boys into Christlike manhood can take place as effectively in a smaller church as in a larger one, provided the features of a healthy outpost are employed. Consider this as a means for effectively applying the principles of Royal Rangers in a smaller church setting.