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Royal Rangers is a church-based mentoring program designed to provide boys with challenging activities as they develop into godly men. An estimated 125,000 boys, young men and leaders participate in Royal Rangers through a network of 4,000 outposts active in all 50 American states. Royal Rangers has additional outposts located in 90 countries around the world. Royal Rangers charters are available to over 70 denominations or fellowships and can be adapted to meet each church’s individual needs. In addition, families, home school cooperatives, boys’ or group homes, schools, and other organizations may offer Royal Rangers if they gain the sponsorship and oversight of an eligible church.
"Ready. Ready for anything. Ready to work, play, serve, worship, live, and obey God's Word" is the motto for the Royal Rangers, a Spirit–empowered K-12 mentoring program for future men, which provides Christ-like character formation and servant leadership development in a highly relational and fun environment.
Royal Rangers was founded as a camping program. However in recent years other non-camping activities have been added. Additional areas of activity and learning include: drama/arts, technology, sports, trades, or ministry. This approach creates a distinctive among other mentoring programs by providing discipleship and the a robust range of activities.
Royal Rangers includes a merit award system whereby a Royal Ranger demonstrates specific knowledge and abilities. As a boy earns merits he is able to advance toward the highest honor available to a Royal Ranger: the Gold Medal of Achievement.
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The Royal Rangers Emblem is a stylized emblem containing points in three different colors: Red, Blue, and Gold. The four red points represent "the four main teachings of the church": Jesus as our savior, baptizer, healer, and soon coming king. The four gold points denote the four ways a boy grows: mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. The eight blue points represent the virtues that make up the Ranger Code: alert, clean, honest, courageous, loyal, courteous, obedient, and spiritual.
The Royal Rangers flag is the Royal Rangers emblem centered on a white field.
With God’s help, I will do my best to serve God, my church, and my fellowman; to live by the Ranger Code; to make the Golden Rule my daily rule.
A Royal Ranger is: Alert, Clean, Honest, Courageous, Loyal, Courteous, Obedient, Spiritual.
ALERT. He is mentally, physically, and spiritually alert. CLEAN. He is clean in body, mind, and speech. HONEST. He does not lie, cheat, or steal. COURAGEOUS. He is brave, in spite of danger, criticism, or threats. LOYAL. He is faithful to his church, family, outpost, and friends. COURTEOUS. He is polite, kind, and thoughtful. OBEDIENT. He obeys his parents, leaders, and those in authority. SPIRITUAL. He prays, reads the Bible, and witnesses.
Ready. Ready for anything. Ready to work, play, serve, worship, live, and obey God's Word.
The Gold Medal of Achievement (GMA) is the highest honor a boy can earn. It was first offered in 1963 with the first recipient completing its requirements in 1964. In its 50-year history the GMA has been earned by over 6000 boys ages 12 through 17. The average age of a boy earning the GMA is approximately 16 years of age. This indicates that a boy has been involved in Royal Rangers for at least 4–5 years before earning his GMA. At this time, slightly less than 1% of the boys involved in Royal Rangers each year earn the GMA. As a result of its challenging merit trail, it is truly a coveted award for any Royal Ranger boy. The youngest boy to receive the GMA was Christian Miller in 2009. Christian had earned over 100 merits and had finished his first of five Gold Buffaloes before receiving his GMA. He received his GMA the day he turned 12, being the first person to do so. It was presented at a ceremony in Montgomery, Ohio, by National Commander Doug Marsh. Matt Brookbank and Jordan Pingleton also earned their GMA on their 12th birthdays. Both had over 75 merits earned by their twelfth birthday as well.
A Gold medalist who earns above and beyond the GMA requirements may qualify for a gold buffalo if they complete the following requirement:
Gold medalist who earn above and beyond the GMA requirements may qualify for a silver buffalo if they complete the following requirements:
The Honor Gold Medal of Achievement or HGMA is a new award given to boys who not only complete the highest award in Royal Rangers but have over the course of their time in the program completed the highest medal in each of the four groups. This is similar in how the buffaloes are awarded for additional merit work above their medal's requirements.
Although Royal Rangers leaders, boys, and young men share many common interests, variety and diversity are also common. With these differences in mind the Royal Rangers program features a number of components of special interest to certain types of our membership. These special programs include: Frontiersman Camping Fellowship (FCF), Royal Rangers Alumni, The Outpost Ranger of the Year, The NSSP (National Shooting Sports Program), The National Championships, Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Program, and the "Together Plan".
Royal Rangers ministers to young people in the United States and in over 90 countries. The largest organization outside the United States is in Australia, with groups in all areas except Northern Territory and Western Australia. The other countries that have a Royal Rangers program are:
Royal Rangers has a variety of different training opportunities for adult leaders and boys, or Junior Leaders. Training takes place in various parts of the country and is mostly given at the District and national levels. The following are for adults:
In 2013 many elements of training were made available online including; Ranger Safety, Outpost Chaplaincy, Preventing Child and Substance Abuse and more. National Elementary Education Conference and Ranger Safety Course were updated.
Outpost leaders can participate in spiritual, Royal Ranger skill, and leadership development through opportunities provided to outpost leaders and organizational leaders.
Equipping the next generation of boys and young men involves preparing them for leadership. In Royal Rangers, the process of preparing boys for leadership and engaging them in leadership roles today is an integral part of what we do. The process of training junior leaders currently takes place both within the local outpost as well as at the district level. Both play a vital role in leadership development in Royal Rangers. Boys can participate in local or district leadership training as well as the Trail of the Saber.
Additional leadership training is available for instructors, organizational leaders, and more. A full list of national training events are kept updated online.