General News

Pathfinder Missions

Let me begin by introducing the Pathfinder Missions ministry to those who have not heard of us before. Pathfinder Missions was started as an arm of Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship (FCF) as an avenue for men and boys to go on mission trips, using their primitive camping and other skills learned in Royal Rangers. It has expanded to include both international and domestic mission trips. In the earlier years, those with the skills to camp in the primitive conditions where the groups went were mostly Royal Rangers. However, you do not have to be associated with Royal Rangers to participate in a Pathfinder Missions trip.

The Ongoing Tradition of National Camporama

In the summer of 1974, men and boys from across the nation gathered at the US Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the first ever National Camporama. The Royal Rangers program had only been in existence for a dozen years, and this event provided the first opportunity for Royal Rangers from every part of the nation to come together for a time of fun, fellowship, and spiritual renewal. At Camporama 2022, we will be reminded once again what it means to be a Royal Ranger and prepare our hearts for the journey ahead—wherever the paths may lead.

Winter & Christmas Crafts 2021

In the winter, many parts of the country have evenings that are too cold to venture outside. Other parts of the country have milder winters. Below are several craft ideas for your Ranger Kids and Discovery Rangers groups for those who aren’t able to be outside during winter months, giving boys a creative outlet. I even found a great craft that I think the Adventure and Expedition Rangers would enjoy.

Black Light Derby

We have shared several articles on Ranger Derby, showing different ways that an outpost or district can create new excitement for this annual event. This article is about holding the Ranger Derby under black lights and painting the cars with fluorescent paint. Hear what worked and what didn’t work. Read the suggestions and tips for making your next Rangers Derby a black light version.

Camporama for Christmas!

Boys are always dreaming of the wonders of Christmas. Will what they have wished for these past several months now be under the tree. Parents and grandparents often wonder what would be the best gift for the boys in their lives? This Christmas why not make a young man’s dream come true while giving a gift of eternal impact—give the gift of Camporama.

The New Regional Conference Plan for 2022

If you haven’t heard, the national office has moved the LEAD National Conference to an every other year format. Beginning in 2022, the Royal Rangers national office will partner with the regions to provide a new experience at the regional conferences. If you have never attended your region’s conference, this article will share the basics of the regional conference concept.

Fall Crafts 2021

In the fall, many parts of the country have beautiful fall evenings with cooler temperatures. Some parts of the country experience rainy or snowy nights. This article provides several craft ideas for your Ranger Kids and Discovery Rangers groups.

Royal Rangers Prayer Vigil

Royal Rangers has been through a season of challenges, but I don’t think it has been by accident. These past few years have been hard on our ministry, but we continue to change our would one boy at a time. Just as Jesus asked His disciples, we ask you. Will you pray for one hour? Read this article for additional information and links for the Prayer Vigil.

Adventure Trips for Older Boys, Part 2

Want to do an Adventure Trip at your outpost but don’t know where to begin. The first place to start is with an adventure the boys will want to do. You might ask, “When do you start your process of planning?” Your questions will be answered, and strategies for planning an adventure trip are shared in this article.

UPDATE: Adult & Junior Leader Awards: COVID19 Response

You may think this title sounds familiar. You would be correct. This article was originally released in October 2020, but we had to make an update for this new season. If you an organizational leader at any level, then you will want to read this article.

The Importance of Charter Registration

In Royal Rangers, one of the most misunderstood areas is charter registration. We are often asked these questions: Is chartering necessary? Are we required to charter? Why do we need to charter? Charter registration provides four major benefits to Royal Rangers which helps to strengthen the program and ensure its health and growth.

Adventure Trip for Older Boys, Part 1

After doing Adventure Trips with older boys for over ten years and looking back, I see how the boys have grown through them. Every boy craves adventure and fun. While these trips are not all easy, in fact some have been very challenging, it has brought meaning to them and has prepared them for life as a man God will use.

Training to Teach Shooting Sports

Boys love to shoot. Shooting sports is a great tool to get boys interested in the Royal Rangers program. In order to safely teach the shooting sports, leaders need to be properly trained. You may be asking yourself, “How do I get the training I need to conduct safe firearm training for my outpost?” Read this article to find out.

God’s Word Will Keep Your Light Shining Bright

The most effective way to guard your heart against the darkness of the world around you is to fill it with good things, and the best thing we can fill it with is the truth of God’s Word. That’s why the practice of regularly filling your heart and mind with God’s Word is so essential to becoming the man God created you to be.

Summer Craft Ideas

In summer months, some parts of the country have many nights that they are not able to go outside for activities due to heat advisories. This article provides several craft ideas for your Ranger Kids and Discovery Rangers groups. There are also ideas for July 4th crafts and water night activities.

Camporama Registration Opens

In just over two months, on September 1, registration will open for Camporama 2022. Although the “The Ultimate Event for Guys” is over a year away, your Royal Rangers national staff are hard at work working on all of those behind-the-scenes activities that will make this the best Camporama yet. What do we need to know about registration? All registrations for Camporama 2022 will be online only. Read more to find out all the details in the new process.

Royal Rangers 60th Anniversary

In 2022, Royal Rangers will celebrate its 60th anniversary. We have been “Reaching, Teaching, and Keeping boys for Christ” by God’s grace for all these years, and now it is time to celebrate. Our big celebration will be at Camporama, July 10–15, 2022. In August 2021, Royal Rangers will launch a new catalog out that includes two full pages of 60th anniversary products.

Become a Swordsman Today

In August 2020, the Swordsman program was launched as a means of encouraging leaders and boys to develop the personal habit of daily Bible reading. See a preview of where the new Swordsman patch can be worn on the uniform and vest.

Cardboard Boat Races

Read how one district makes its regatta one of the most anticipated event of the year. This might be the inspiration for your outpost, section, or district to start its own regatta at a lake or pool in your area.

Royal Rangers Year in Review

The last year has brought not only a new way of life for most of the world but also some significant new developments in Royal Rangers as well. As the scope of this pandemic started to unfold in March 2020, the national team pivoted their attention on developing elements that would benefit the local leaders and ministries during the pandemic and beyond.

Helping People through Convoy of Hope

Last Rangers NOW brought you an overall picture of Master’s Toolbox and introduced our 2021-2022 project for Convoy of Hope. If you’re not sure what this Convoy of Hope project is about, click this article and read about each why your outpost could be involved.

Master's Toolbox: Convoy of Hope

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.

Spring Crafts 2021

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.

Why Shooting Sports is an Effective Tool for Ministry

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.

Outpost Health Assessment

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.

Territorial Rendezvous

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.)

Camp Eagle Rock Projects Completed

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.

Catapult700 Update 2020

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.

Preserving Royal Rangers History

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.

LEGO® Derby

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.

Mentoring Boys in the Season of COVID-19

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?

Every Man a Swordsman

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.

Pathfinders Make a Way in Spite of COVID-19 and Cancellations

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?

Four Habits of Physical Health

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.

Parent Guide to Abuse Prevention Discontinued

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.

Royal Rangers NSSP Ambassador

The Royal Rangers National Shooting Sports Program (NSSP) is starting a new NSSP Ambassador program. If you have Expedition Ranger boys involved in shooting sports activities, then they may want to complete the application to become the first NSSP Ambassador.

Trail of the Saber - Covid-19 Response

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.

National Weekly Prayer Meeting

Royal Rangers leaders, you have a mission! Join us as we pray for our nation, Royal Rangers, our churches, and our fellow leaders.

Only a Test

Before God delivered Israel from the Midianites, He gathered and army of willing fighters. Then, He tested them to reveal both their faith and their aptitude. Days like the ones we are going through right now will do the same for us.

Making Merits Interactive

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.

The Power of Team

Historically, bad guys come in groups, and good guys work alone. Superman, Batman, and the Lone Ranger fought off groups of villains with their skill alone. While they may have had a sidekick, they most certainly didn’t run into battle as a part of a team.

Camporama Video Contest

Share your story about your preparations for National Camporama and win a late-night pool party.

All I Want for Christmas: Camporama

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.

Re-Think Outpost Structure

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.

Mark Your Calendar - Cyber Monday

Each year there are different items marked down for the big weekend. What might the best deals be this year?

Catapult700 Project Report

The Catapult700 project is delivering exciting results in the "Swahili Zone" of East Africa. Check out the article to see how your missions offerings to Master’s Toolbox are impacting an entire region for Christ.

Lost Then Found

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?

Camporama Travel Fun

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.

Four Steps to Keeping Boys Safe

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.

NSSP and NRA Ambassador

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.

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