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Royal Rangers

Reaching, teaching and keeping boys for Christ

Imagine a ministry involving 130,000 boys and young men across the United States in a multilevel discipleship process. Imagine more than 20,000 men investing their lives in these boys. Imagine a ministry where a scouting environment supports a clear presentation of the gospel.

Rangers training shapes life

Royal Rangers created an incentive for me to stay in church. It was like a second education for me, teaching me about life, about the church, about the Bible, about how to be a respected person in the community and to give back to the community.

As the managing attorney of a law firm, I specialize in labor law dealing with work injury and labor disputes. I also give legal counsel to ministers, help Royal Rangers with issues of safety and protection of the boys in camp, and serve the Southern Pacific Latin American District assisting Rangers with their Gold Medal of Achievement process.

I’ve been in Royal Rangers all the way through the program and learned a lot from each award. I’m a Christian first and an attorney second. I feel I have a higher obligation and duty to my clients and to the courts and society to be the very best attorney, to be honest and ethical.

– Domingo Castillo
La Quinta, Calif.

You’ve just described Royal Rangers.

In America and more than 60 countries, Royal Rangers motivates boys spiritually through Bible study and memorization, devotionals and Christian role models. Participation in age-specific activities and recreation increases their physical prowess. They are introduced to church, community and nature-related activities to develop their social skills and awareness.

Royal Rangers began in 1962 under the leadership of Commander Johnnie Barnes. Rangers outposts have become a centerpiece for outreach to boys in thousands of Assemblies of God churches, and the ministry is growing each year.

"We’re totally rewriting the program," says National Commander Richard Mariott. "We’ve specifically redesigned Royal Rangers to retain leaders, with complete written weekly curriculum and a new advancement system for all ages. This will be a big help to all churches and benefit small churches that are establishing outposts."

The new curriculum is "circular," allowing boys to enter Rangers at any time and fit into the schedule without having to start at the beginning. New Rangers can join an outpost and remain with the friends who brought them in.

Royal Rangers is a powerful tool for drawing families to churches. Outposts report as high as 70 percent of their Rangers are boys from outside of the church. Once a boy becomes involved in a Rangers outpost, his family has a greater chance of being reached.

Royal Rangers targets boys aged 5-17, but several Rangers auxiliaries involve men. For example, Pathfinders, a church-construction group involving the Frontier Camping Fellowship members, sends men on projects that a normal volunteer construction team could not carry out.

Pathfinders may canoe half a day up the Amazon and hike into the jungle with their equipment another half day before building a church in a village without electricity or running water.

Every four years, Royal Rangers from across the United States and more than a dozen countries around the world come to Camp Eagle Rock in Missouri for Camporama. Thousands attend; as many as half are filled with the Holy Spirit and many rededicate their lives to Christ.

From local outpost meetings to the national Camporama, the Royal Rangers mission remains the same: to "reach, teach and keep boys for Christ." The vision is to see Royal Rangers in every Assemblies of God church.

 

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