Royal Rangers Ministry:

Brian Willingham, National Commander

The Royal Rangers program is an activity-based, small group church ministry for boys and young men in grades K-12.  Our mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders. We provide Christ-like character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment.

The Royal Rangers program is a cross-generational ministry that interconnects well with children, youth and adult ministries and fits easily into the fabric of pastoral vision and into the flow of church ministries.  We affirm the male hands-on, interactive learning style by featuring an intentional discipleship journey for boys and young men based on their unique design, needs, and interests. Every meeting, outing or service activity is designed to encourage boys and young men in their walk with God.

We provide men with the tools to model Christ-like manhood as they mentor boys on a Bible-based, Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered journey to maturity in the faith. Boys learn to study and apply what the Bible says about integrity, doctrine, biblical worldview, cultural issues, and manhood. In addition, the Royal Rangers ministry molds boys into servant leaders, teaching them vital social, equipping, attitude, leadership and service skills.

Our mission is to evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders.

The Royal Rangers program at a local church is referred to as an "outpost" and may consist of one or more groups. Each group follows a program of activities based on the interests and abilities of boys in that group.

Ranger Kids

Discovery Rangers

Adventure Rangers

Expedition Rangers

 Ranger Kids
Grades K - 2
 Discovery Rangers
Grades 3 - 5
 Adventure Rangers
Grades 6 - 8
 Expedition Rangers
Grades 9 - 12

Ranger Kids Advancement Trail

The Ranger Kids Advancement Trail is based on the needs, interest and characteristics of boys in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. The Trail is a plan of advancement through learning—from both experiences and activities—and being recognized for their learning. It is designed to offer every boy adventure and fun. The Trail is more than an interesting course of action; it is a new experience—a new achievement. It is a Ranger's opportunity to grow through new abilities, knowledge, and desires.

The Ranger Kids Advancement Trail is made up of three trails:

Trail to the Elk

Trail to the Wolverine

Trail to the Cougar

Trail to the
Elk

Trail to the
Wolverine

Trail to the
Cougar

To earn each trail's patch, the Ranger Kid must earn the four awards along the trail. For example, once a Ranger Kid has earned the Antelope Award, the Ram Award, the Caribou Award, and the Buffalo Award, he receives the Elk patch.  The boys can earn these awards in any order because they are all of equal value, not based on previous requirements.  The individual steps that the Ranger Kid must take to earn each award are directed to help him grow PHYSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, MENTALLY, and SOCIALLY.

After completing each step toward earning the award, the achievement is noted in the Ranger Kid's Handbook and workbook with the commander's signature and the date.  For information on where the patches should be placed on the Ranger Kids uniform, see the Ranger Kids Handbook.

Discovery Rangers Advancement Trail

Discovery RangersBeing a Discovery Ranger will give a boy many chances to do new things. He will learn new skills, like camping, building models, giving first aid, and cooking while learning about God and His Word. Royal Rangers will give him the chance to be rewarded for finishing merits and steps on the Advancement Trail.

Here's how the trail works. As the boy follows the trail, will grow to new heights on the "Trail to the Gold Eagle." He'll work on merits, and every time he finishes a set of merit requirements, he will receive a new patch. As he earns merits he will also have the chance to complete a new advancement step.

After completing each set of steps and a few other requirements, he'll have a chance to earn three medals:

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Gold Falcon

Gold Hawk

Gold Eagle

There are several ways to earn the merits on the Trail to the Eagle. Some of the merits will be earned during the weekly meetings, while others will require extra effort outside of meeting times. The merits can be earned in any order, and while the Gold Eagle has specific merits that are required, the other merits that are earned are up to the individual Ranger's choice.

For details on the requirements for the various merits and awards used in Discovery Rangers, follow these links:

Adventure Rangers Advancement Trail

Adventure RangersEvery great challenge a young man accepts helps to build his character, increase his determination to achieve, and improve his ability to set goals and fulfill them. The Adventure Rangers Advancement Trail offers such a challenge in the Trail to the Adventure Gold Award. 

The key to progressing on the Advancement Trail is earning merits. Each merit has a colored border, indicating its color group. After completing a specific number of merits in the required color groups, the Adventure Ranger can earn one of the Advancement awards. For example, the Advancement awards leading to the Adventure Bronze Award are the Powder Horn, Bowie Knife, Tomahawk, and Long Rifle.

After completing each set of steps and a few other requirements, the three medals he'll earn are:

Adventure Bronze Award

Adventure Silver Award

Adventure Gold Award

Adventure
Bronze Award

Adventure
Silver Award

Adventure
Gold Award

There are several ways to earn the merits on the Adventure Rangers Advancement Trail. Some of the merits will be earned during the weekly meetings, while others will require extra effort outside of meeting times. The merits can be earned in any order, and while the Adventure Gold Award has specific merits that are required, the other merits that are earned are up to the individual Ranger's choice.

Expedition Rangers Advancement Trail

The focus of the advancement trail is to help boys develop into young men who have the skills to make good sound decisions, strong moral character, exemplify leadership skills, and are founded in the Word of God.  The advancement system in Expedition Rangers consists of these three awards:

  • E1 Award - typically earned after one full year of involvement in the program
  • E2 Award - typically earned after a second full year in the program
  • E3 Award - typically earned after a third full year in the program

Each award is presented after the young man has earned the specified number of merits in each merit category, as well as the required number of Spirit Challenge lessons. 

E1 Award

E2 Award

E3 Award

E1 Award

E2 Award

E3 Award

Nearly one hundred silver merits are available for Expedition Rangers to choose from in earning these awards

 

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