Council of Achievement
Ranger Kids Advancement Trail
Discovery Rangers Advancement Trail
Adventure Rangers Advancement Trail
Expedition Rangers Advancement Trail
Outpost 3 Senior Commander
Royal Rangers is a mentoring program for future men. We provide Christ-like character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment. Our mission is to evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders.
Royal Rangers is structured into four age groups:
- Ranger Kids – Grades K – 2
- Discovery Rangers – Grades 3 – 5
- Adventure Rangers – Grades 6 – 8
- Expedition Rangers – Grades 9 – 12
Boys will be boys! They are God-designed to be assertive, competitive, and energetic. Our experienced mentors provide needed guidance, discipline, and structure, using the following methods: friendship, activities, advancement system, interactive learning, service & ministry outreach, patrol systems, and uniforms.
For more information on the mission and history of Royal Rangers, please visit the national website at royalrangers.com.
In order to join Royal rangers, you must complete the registration form; download here.
There is no cost to join Royal Rangers, but there is a small fee for the uniform, and for activities. We try to keep these costs to a minimum. Boys are encouraged to wear their uniform, bring their Bible (Discovery/Adventure) or handbook (Ranger Kids), bring a weekly offering, and a canned good to be given to a local charity.
- Recite from memory the Royal Rangers Pledge, Code, Motto, and the meaning of the points of the Emblem, and the Golden Rule.
- Attend three regular Royal Ranger meetings
Handbooks are are very helpful in allowing your son to get as much benefit out of Royal Rangers as he can. Outpost 3 supplies the first book, but parents must pay for any additional ones if lost. Handbooks are not required but we encourage everyone to have one.
The casual uniform consists of a Royal Ranger t-shirt worn with jeans or shorts. Each group has their own t-shirt and may be purchased from their commander. Closed-toed shoes are to be worn at all weekly meetings and activities.
The awards vest is navy blue. The Royal Ranger emblem and specific age group patch is to be sewn onto the front. Additional merit patches are to be sewn on as well. Specific placement of the patches can be found in the student handbook. Vests should be worn at all ceremonies, but wearing them to meetings is optional.
Weekly meetings are on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00, from September to May. We do not meet during the week of Thanksgiving, approximately two weeks during the Christmas break, and one week of spring break in March.
Throughout the year we schedule outings, service projects, and camp-outs. These events are very special and a lot of fun. In addition, they give the boys opportunities to earn additional awards and merits. Fathers are welcome to attend, but a current background check must be completed prior to event.
The Council of Achievement (COA) is a special ceremony to honor the boys’ achievements. Outpost 3 holds two COAs each year, one in December and one in May. It is at the COA that they boys receive their patches for merits earned during the previous semester. Parents, grandparents, and supporters are invited to attend and congratulate the boys for their accomplishments.
During the weekly meetings of Royal Rangers, the boys earn Ranger Bucks that can be spent at our Buckwagon (Ranger Store). Boys receive two points for each of the following: attendance, uniform, Bible/handbook, offering, and pantry item. They can receive up to ten points per meeting. Ten points equals two Ranger Bucks.
Each commander tracks how many Ranger Bucks a student has earned. The Buckwagon is open for business near the end of December and May.
Each age group features a unique system of requirements & recognition referred to as the advancement trail. Boys are recognized for meeting certain requirements by receiving patches, which are worn on the awards vest or on the right sleeve of the uniform. Advancement steps representing annual milestone accomplishments are also represented by a medal, ribbon, and neck medallion.
This is a plan of advancement through learning from both experiences and activities. 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. The Ranger Kids Advancement Trail is made up of three trails:
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 Awards, the Ram Award, the Caribou Award, and the Buffalo Awards, he receive 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.
In addition, achievement awards can be earned and are not directly tied to the advancement trail, but are fun to earn. They cover a wide variety of interests and personal growth. Most of these will be earned at home with your help.
Being 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; all 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.
The boy will grow to new heights as he follows 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:
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 earned are up to the individual Ranger’s choice.
Every 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—the Trail to the Gold Medal of Achievement (GMA), a medal of great distinction and honor.
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 Bronze Medal of Achievement 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:
Some of the merits will be earned during the weekly meetings, while other will require extra effort outside of meeting times. The merits can be earned in any order, and while the Gold Medal of Achievement has specific merits that are required, the other merits earned are up to the individual Ranger’s choice.