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!
" 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.

A Mentoring Ministry for Future Men

A dear friend of mine once told me to wear my office well. He went on to explain that folks expect things from you that may not be “in your job description.”
Here are two important responsibilities in every Christian’s “job description.”

The Fruit of the SpiritGalatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirt is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”Practicing the fruits of the spirit shows Christ in us to the world.
This fruit of the spirit allows us to work toward fulfilling Matthew 28, which brings us to the second responsibility.

Go Make DisciplesMatthew 28:19-20 says “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
Making disciples involves more than explaining what one is; it means being one yourself, and modeling what a disciple of Christ is.

That is what Royal Rangers is – a mentoring ministry for future men – to influence more boys and young men for Christ than ever before.

Royal Rangers offers many training opportunities to help churches get Rangers (re)started, and to help established outposts improve – how to be better mentors.
Every year in August, we hold our Summer Powwow. This year it’s August 10-13 in beautiful downtown Harlan, Oregon. It is 4 days of fun and often challenging activities, ending each night with a chapel service. We are excited to have Dr. Dick Gruber as our speaker. He was the speaker at Fusion this year, NextGen Ministries’ Youth/Kids Leader Conference.