I read this quote a few months ago, "Teach what you want people to become, not what they are." Part of how to teach this is to model that behavior. Royal Rangers was founded in 1962 with that in mind. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (KJV) Another word for training is mentoring, which involves a conscious decision to act, and to be a positive role model for our boys.
The boys in our churches and communities watch and emulate us: how we walk, how we talk, our actions in Church, the things we like and dislike, and even our habits.
This past August, I had the privilege of spending the better part of a week with almost 300 men and boys at Camp Wildcat. Most of the men took time away from jobs and families to let boys be boys in the outdoors, to build friendships, and to worship God unashamedly – some for the first time ever. I cannot thank each one individually, but a hearty thanks to them all!
"...to let boys be boys in the outdoors, to build friendships, and to worship God unashamedly – some for the first time ever ..."
Within the Royal Ranger organization, we have many training opportunities available for both boys and leaders, some being:
Answers to general inquiries about Royal Rangers
Basic training for leaders in an outpost
Advanced training in classroom management
How to work with boys who have disabilities
How to plan an outpost activity
The advancement merits give leaders the opportunity to work side by side with boys and be able to model on a weekly basis. I am now watching a third generation of boys develop into men, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.