Find the latest news and updates on the Royal Rangers program, as well as an archive of past updates, right here. These items are also distributed regularly via Rangers NOW, the official national Royal Rangers e-mail newsletter. To get the latest news on our children's ministry partners visit Kidmin.ag.org.
In fall and winter months, many parts of the country have many nights that they are not able to go outside for activities due to inclement weather or the sun setting earlier. This article provides several craft ideas for your Ranger Kids and Discovery Rangers groups.
The traditional Ranger Derby in our local outpost and section has been a popular event with boys and girls, parents, and the community for decades. In 2017, our outpost decided to think outside the box and try something a little different. Instead of the traditional Ranger Derby with the wood blocks and woodworking tools, we decided on having a LEGO® Derby.
We are excited to announce that Tom Saccenti has been approved by the Assemblies of God leadership as the new Royal Rangers Southeast region coordinator in September 2020.
Every week it happens, and it’s been happening for more than fifty years. Every week, Royal Rangers leaders from all across the nation take time and energy away from other pursuits to prepare for an activity that will forever change the future of our families, churches, and communities. Find out what that activity is; however, you probably already know the answer.
While the pandemic caused multiple national training events to be cancelled or postponed and the postponement of Camporama until July 2022, it created a void that allowed Ranger Basics to be completely overhauled. Ranger Basics (RB) is now Ranger Foundations (RF).
Changing seasons in life can often bring fear, worry, and uncertainty. In this season of uncertainty, the value of mentoring boys into the men of God they were created to be has never been more important. What is the most important thing to remember when mentoring in the season of COVID-19?
When Rangers have it in their hearts to serve, nothing will stop them from finding a place. This was the case for a Pathfinder team who were scheduled for a trip to Alaska in early August. About a week before the team was to leave, Delta Airlines canceled the return flight without another option to get the entire team home. What were they going to do?
Anyone who has served in the Marine Corps learned the mantra, “Every Marine is a rifleman.” Regardless of what the MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) will be, the ability to shoot and handle a weapon efficiently is learned by everyone. As Christians, we must remember that we are in a spiritual battle. Whatever role we fill in our daily responsibilities, there is an enemy who wants destroy our lives. When the enemy tries to "come over the wall," we must be ready pick up our weapon and be able to use it efficiently.
Some time ago, we began exploring the idea of creating a Royal Rangers audio podcast as a means for sharing news, updates, and reliable program information with outpost leaders on a regular, ongoing basis. We are now pleased to announce that this podcast has become a reality and is now available on a variety of podcast platforms.
The pursuit of physical health among boys has long been one of the stated objectives of the Royal Rangers program. The four gold points of the Royal Rangers emblem represent the four ways a boy grows, signifying the four ways the Royal Rangers programs seeks to facilitate growth in our boys. Physical health is one of them.
Whenever I see an “Under Construction” sign on my way to work, my heart sinks just a little, and I begin asking myself questions. What will this construction cost me in terms of traffic delays, undue road debris, and list goes on? When will it be opened back up? However, I also know that same sign represents progress, enhancement, and quite possibly an improved path to work.
While the topics covered in this booklet continue to be relevant to parents and leaders today, the content has now become dated and does not reflect the most current material available. Current standards for safety and the protection of boys within the outpost can now be found in Chapter 27 of the Royal Rangers Leader Manual.
When Rick and Debbie Barnhouse became the managers for Camp Eagle Rock in January 2017, one of Rick’s goal was to find someone to replace him and mentor for a time to ensure the national campground would be well cared for in the future. Read this article to see the journey the Krauses took from Pennsylvania to Missouri to be our new managers and to see how God orchestrated their life experiences to provide them will all the skills needed to manage Camp Eagle Rock.
As you are all so aware of, the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our Royal Rangers national training and events as well as district training and events. The Trail of the Saber is not left unscathed during this pandemic fallout. Read this article to find out the national office’s response.
Due to COVID-19 closures, traditional forms of Royal Rangers meetings and activities were cancelled. However, creative outpost leaders have been finding ways to stay engaged with their boys and continue the process of developing Christlike manhood through online meetings or in-home activities with parents.
Years ago, our national leadership of the Assemblies of God realized the need to provide a ministry that would appeal to the unique interests of boys and provide churches with a platform to “reach, teach, and keep” the next generation of boys for Christ. The product of that realization was the Royal Rangers program.
Do you have trouble recruiting and retaining new leaders for Royal Rangers? What if you had a short introduction that ended with the new leader meeting with the pastor to hear his heart for Royal Rangers at your church? Check out the OLO as an easy way to onboard a new leader.
We are excited to announce that Stephen Hackler (Southern Idaho district) has been approved by the Assemblies of God leadership as the new Northwest region coordinator.
Have you even wished you had money to either get BB guns, bows, targets, or other shooting sports equipment for your church? I don’t know of one outpost that doesn’t need money for something to enhance their ministry to boys. Well, instead of spending months and months raising funds through multiple events, why not try writing a grant proposal to get the money.
In response to the global pandemic currently underway resulting from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting quarantines currently in place across the nation, the Royal Rangers national office has provided a series of optional resources for families and outposts to use with their boys to enable them to continue participating in Royal Rangers remotely at home until regular outpost meetings can be resumed.
Are you ready to welcome a boy with special needs into your class? There are a couple of great new resources available for any children’s worker. One is a training resources, and the other is a Facebook group.
The interests of boys today are far more diverse than in years past. Does your outpost offer something for every boy? Does your outpost regularly have activities in the five core competencies of Royal Rangers? Effective outposts need to offer a variety of activities to meet the interest of every boy.
Camporama is just around the corner. The Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship is making plans to celebrate this monumental event. The village will take on the look and feel of a frontier camp with all the color and excitement of a rendezvous. All the residents, activities, and demonstrations in the Village will give the feel of a pre-1840 encampment. Come and experience the spirit of brotherhood and community that we share within the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship.
All Royal Rangers shooting merits have now been reviewed and updated to ensure their compliance with current safety standards and to reduce the number of prerequisites required for each merit. A new Air Gun Safety merit has also been created to replace Firearm Safety, which has now been discontinued.
Boys need activity and learn best in an environment rich with hands-on activities and student participation. Every Royal Rangers meeting must, therefore, 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 Royal Rangers meetings a fun, hands-on experience for boys.
Training is underway for the new year, and we’ve already had one successful WCO in the South Central region. Check out the entire list of camps that is also posted on the website. This article also includes new books added to the OLT and OLAL tracks and updates to the restriction level of continuous learning awards.
April 27, 2017 is a date that will in infamy at Camp Eagle Rock. Torrential downpours and subsequent 100-year flooding pounded our camp. After the flood waters subsided, three bridges were completely lost, including the bridge leading to the south end of the camp and the amphitheater. Without this bridge, Camporama 2020 would not be possible. What was Camp Eagle Rock to do?
Have you found yourself reading the stories of the Bible and imagining what the landscape, people, and locations would have looked like? Do you find yourself picturing what the Valley of Elah would have looked like with the Philistines on one side and the Israelites on the other as Goliath stepped out of his ranks and challenged someone to meet him for a fight? What if you didn’t have to imagine any more?
Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. For many couples, February 14 is their chance to express or show their love for their spouse. Why are you only doing this on a greeting card holiday? Expressions of love, honor, and appreciation should be an all year affair.
Gender-specific mentoring can be a critical component in any healthy discipling relationship. While I wholeheartedly believe we can be discipled by the opposite gender, I also believe that if you’re a man, it’s important to learn from other men (and vice versa). I believe the importance of gender-specific ministry is greatest in the area of children’s ministry.
As you read this, you may be preparing for a Thanksgiving feast. Then, we move onto the happiest time of the year, the celebration of the birth of our Savior. With the holidays upon us, I wanted to keep this article rather lite. So, we only have three training updates: new book for OLT, CLE ribbons, and new WCO events.
When fall changes to winter, children begin dreaming of the wonders of Christmas. For some, this involves an annual Christmas program at church. Others dream of the annual visit to grandma’s house. Who are we kidding, they, of course, dream of what could be under the tree bearing their names.
One of the most appealing aspects of the Royal Rangers program is its flexibility and adaptability. Churches currently engaged in Royal Rangers ministries represent significant diversity in size, facilities, budget, and leadership structure. Churches of any size and budget can provide an effective Royal Rangers ministry by applying the principles of the program to the context of their church and community. But in order to identify a program format that meets the unique needs of your church and community it may be necessary to re-think the way you do Royal Rangers.
For over 50 years, the Royal Rangers program has provided churches with an effective process for reaching boys and discipling them into Christlike manhood. During this time, Royal Rangers program has adapted in order to provide churches with a boys’ ministry option that meets the changing needs and interests of their boys. However, two aspects of the Royal Rangers program have never changed—our mentoring mission and our ministry model.
Johnathan, had made some decisions that were impetuous and flawed. He declared to his family and friends that he was an atheist, and he was loud and proud of this fact. In Johnathan’s mind, anyone who didn’t agree with his worldview lacked intelligence and an ability to think clearly. How did a kid like this end up in the middle of South Texas at Junior Leadership Development Academy?
You signed up to attend Camporama, and now you are on a bus with 25 people for the next 12 hours. What do you do now? Did you really think this part through? Then, the outpost coordinator announces that the first stop on the journey will be shortly after lunch to visit a national park. That’s right. I remember the leader talking about making fun stops on the way there and back.
Every week churches across the nation bring men and boys together around fun activities to grow in Christlike manhood, learn new skills, and become a community where men and boys can explore and apply their God-given talents and abilities in building the kingdom of God. To guarantee this process is fulfilled, it is essential that every church and outpost take the essential steps necessary to ensure the safety of every boy participating.
As the end of the year approaches, National Girls Ministries (NGM) and Royal Rangers have another competition. Which team will raise the most money for its respective missions project? Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in Master’s Toolbox giving as outposts and districts have caught the vision for reaching others.