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.
Whether your outpost is large or small, we all have a part to play and can help in raising money for Master’s Toolbox. For 2021, our goal is to have every Royal Rangers outpost give to Royal Rangers/BGMC Master’s Toolbox. Working together, we can reach this goal. This article will share what the new project is for the next two years.
Our newest NSSP ambassador explains why he feels shooting sports is an effective ministry tool not just for Royal Rangers but for the entire family.
In spring months, many parts of the country have many nights that they are not able to go outside for activities due to inclement weather. This article provides several craft ideas for your Ranger Kids and Discovery Rangers groups. There are also ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day crafts.
If you are pursuing Organizational Leader Training (OLT) levels, then this article is a must read. There were important changes to the course work for ministerial credentialing that precipitated changes to the OLT advancements. Even if you are not pursuing credentialing, this article is still a must read for you.
Our ability to fulfill the Royal Rangers mission in any given community is largely a product of the health of the outposts in that area. How do we evaluate outpost health? What are the key factors or features that identify a healthy outpost? Whether your outpost is large or small or whether it has been in existence for 50 years or just started, read this article to assess the health of your outpost.
A new book has been added to the reading list for the Organizational Leader Training track. Maybe you recently read this book that you can count toward your next OLT level. Also, if you are planning to attend a national training event this year, look here for an entire list of training events and dates.
The FCF national coordinator recalls his first territorial rendezvous in the Voyager territory (Great Lakes region) as a brand new FCF member. For him as an adult, this event held wonder and excitement. Imagine what the young men in your outpost will think when they go to their first territorial rendezvous this year. (See the full schedule of event dates.)
In a year in which we all experienced change, our family expected lots of change moving into our new role as the managers of the National Royal Rangers Training Center, but we never expected the change that we received. With a move to a new state, the kids starting at new schools, and Becky and me starting new jobs and ministries, our goal was to figure out how to run a camp and get through Camporama at the same time. I began laying out plans and figuring out costs, and like that it vanished. COVID-19 was upon us. Groups cancelled, Camporama was postponed, and the future was uncertain. During this season of pause, read about the things that have been accomplished at the camp that would not have been possible during our normal camp season and Camporama.
I’ve long dreamed of scaling the heights of Mount Everest. Oh, to join the ranks of men like Sir Edmund Hillary, George Mallory, and Jim Whittaker! I marvel at the thrill of the adventure, the excitement of the chilly climb, and the exhilaration of reaching the summit. Three years ago, we began the awesome adventure of Catapult700. Read this article to see how this journey has progressed in 2020.
The advancement trails for Discovery Rangers (grades 3–5), Adventure Rangers (grades 6–8), and Expedition Rangers (grades 9–12) are largely based on the completion of a specified number of skill merits. In order to assist you in identifying merits that may be most suitable for new groups, we recommend the following skills in each age group.
You might be thinking, “Wait, didn’t I just read an article like this a few months ago?” Indeed, you did. The national training office has leveraged the time when the normal training schedule was interrupted to make critical updates to several our trainings. Read this article to see what updates are being made to Ranger Safety and the release schedule.
Did you know the Royal Rangers office is actively preserving our history. Read this article to see how we are working to save our history physically and digitally. Do you have historical items that you want to donate or have displayed at a national event? Read to find out how to do just that.
All of these tabernacles were sponsored by Royal Rangers outposts across the United States by giving to the BGMC Master’s Toolbox Tabernacle project. These are the first of many churches that will be built around the world because of the generosity of our boys and leaders.
After a year of quarantines, shutdowns, and virtual meetings I am looking forward with great anticipation to getting together with district and regional leaders from across the US as we gather in Tulsa, OK for LEAD21. Our theme for this conference is “Multiply,” focusing on expanding our influence.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.