Assembly of God youth organizations
Assemblies of God youth organizations include two youth organizations operating under the auspices of the Assemblies of God, the Royal Rangers and the Mpact Girls Clubs (formerly known as the Missionettes).
|Formation||January 1, 1962|
|Founder||Rev. Johnnie Barnes|
|Purpose||A mentoring program for future men |
|Karl S. Fleig|
Nat'l Programs Coordinator
Nat'l Resource & Logistics Coordinator
- 1 Royal Rangers
- 1.1 History
- 1.2 Core Program Elements
- 1.3 Divisions
- 1.4 Advancement System & Awards
- 1.5 Gold Medal of Achievement (GMA)
- 1.6 Special programs
- 1.7 Royal Rangers International
- 1.8 Training seminars
- 1.9 Junior leader training
- 1.10 Adult leader training
- 1.11 Additional leader training
- 2 Mpact Girls Clubs
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Royal Rangers is an adventure-based, merit-driven, faith-based, church ministry and mentoring program for boys in grades K-12, providing “Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment". The Royal Rangers program is active throughout the United States as well as in over 90 other nations; consequently, in 2002, 'Royal Rangers International (RRI) was started and "exists to establish, strengthen, and serve the growing number of nations seeking to impact the next generation through the Royal Rangers ministry." Royal Rangers in the USA is a boys-only program, unless the church does not have a girls ministry program; programs in some other nations allow both boys and girls to participate. The uniforms, mottos, practices and operation are derived from the Boy Scouts.
Royal Rangers' Mission is to "evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders." (Formerly worded: To instruct, challenge, and inspire our boys in the areas of Bible doctrine, Christian service, moral conduct, and the basic beliefs of our church, through interesting activities that boy's enjoy.
The highest attainable award in Royal Rangers is the Gold Medal of Achievement (GMA)- which is tougher than the Eagle Scout Award. The GMA testifies to the persevering work, assiduous endurance, and ceaseless dedication towards the program, plus being equipped to be strong, intrepid leaders.
- 1960 Rev. Burton Pierce comes to Springfield, Missouri as Men's Department Secretary. He helps develop "The Group of Brothers" — Burton Pierce, Lloyd Colbough, Charles Scott, Weldon Colbough, and Dick Champion — to pray for God's direction in the development of a new boys' program in the Assemblies of God.
- 1961 Rev. Pierce travels to Texas to meet North Texas District Christ Ambassadors President Johnnie Barnes. Rev. Johnnie Barnes is considered founder of Royal Rangers. Rev. Barnes's memorial tombstone states that he is the Royal Rangers Founder; the handbooks state he founded the ministry in 1962 as well.
- 1962 By January, Rev. Johnnie Barnes had moved to Springfield, Missouri to start putting together a program for boys. Rev. Charles Scott suggests the name "Royal Rangers". Rev. Barnes becomes the first Royal Rangers national commander. The first pilot program is conducted at Webster Park A/G in Springfield, Missouri, with a second unofficial pilot program conducted at Bethel A/G (also in Springfield, using the same materials.
- 1963 The Royal Rangers Leadership Training Course is developed.
- 1964 The first district-wide "pow wows" - large annual camps - are held. The Gold Medal of Achievement and the Medal of Valor awards are first offered.
- 1965 Royal Rangers ministry started in Sydney, Australia
- 1966 Royal Rangers ministries are set up in Australia and Latin America. The Frontiersmen Camping Fraternity (later Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship; FCF) is formed. The first Royal Rangers Week is held. It celebrates the Royal Rangers ministry and encourages reaching, teaching, and keeping boys for Christ.
- 1967 Royal Rangers Australia allows girls to be active in the program
- 1968 National Training Camps for Royal Rangers leaders are held in four states: Missouri, Colorado, New York, and California.
- 1972 The first National Training Camps (NTC) are held.
- 1974 The first National Camporama - a camping event that happens every four years - is held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ministry established in Worcester, England.
- 1977 The National Royal Rangers Council is formed and meets in Springfield, Missouri.
- 1978 The second National Camporama was held in Farragut, Idaho.
- 1982 The third National Camporama was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
- 1986 The National Royal Rangers Training Center (now "National Royal Rangers Center") at Eagle Rock, Missouri is dedicated; it is also called Camp Eagle Rock.
- 1989 National Commander Johnnie Barnes dies due to an apparent heart attack. For twenty-seven years he led the Royal Rangers, developing its ministry. (Commander Barnes is buried in Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.)
- 1989 Rev. Ken Hunt is named national commander. He guides the ministry for ten years. Under his leadership, the system for advancements expanded, a new Leader Manual is created, and National Royal Rangers Academy is launched.
- 1990 The first International Royal Rangers Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock, Missouri.
- 1994 The sixth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock.
- 1998 The seventh National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock.
- 1999 Rev. Richard Mariott is appointed national commander. He was the commander for the Northern California/Nevada for seven years. Under his leadership, Camp Eagle Rock underwent great improvements, The curriculum of Royal Rangers and training programs also underwent substantial improvements and redevelopment. Furthermore, Royal Rangers Alumni (RRI) was established. Marriott's goals were to encourage Royal Rangers and develop new programs.
- 2002 Ranger Kids, the first portion of the newly revised Royal Rangers ministry, is tested and released to U.S. churches.
- 2002 The eighth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock.
- 2002 Royal Rangers International (RRI) is formed, which helps to coordinate efforts and needs of ≈45 countries using Royal Rangers at the time.
- 2003 Discovery Rangers and Adventure Rangers materials are released to U.S. churches.
- 2004 Expedition Rangers materials are released to U.S. churches.
- 2006 The ninth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock.
- 2006 Rev. Richard Mariott announces that he will resign as National Commander on December 31, 2006.
- 2007 Rev. Doug Marsh is named National Commander. He was previously Director of Royal Rangers International. His appointment was effective February 1, 2007. Marsh will continue to also direct Royal Rangers International until a transition in leadership in that department can be made. Marsh is also the first National Commander to have been involved in the ministry of Royal Rangers as a boy, having earned his Gold Medal of Achievement.
- 2008 At their annual National Council in Springfield, Missouri. in March, Royal Rangers announces plans to expand the scope of the program beyond the traditional camping emphasis to include activities of common interest to all boys (i.e. sports, technology, trades, drama/arts, outdoors, and ministry).
- 2010 The new advancement system for Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, and Expedition Rangers is released. This new system will run concurrently with the previous 2002 version until Dec 31, 2012.
- 2012 Royal Rangers USA celebrates its 50th Anniversary during its tenth National Camporama at Camp Eagle Rock in Eagle Rock, MO.
- 2014 Doug Marsh resigns as National Director to return to full-time leadership of Royal Rangers International.
- 2014 Karl Fleig, former District Men's Ministries Director for the Indiana district is appointed as the new National Director for Royal Rangers USA.
- 2016 The eleventh National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock.
Core Program Elements
The Royal Rangers Emblem consists of a ring of red encircling 16 points, similar to the points of a compass. Each point signifies a particular meaning.
The four gold points: depicts the four ways of how a boy grows (following Christ's example based on Luke 2:52)
The four red points: illustrates "the four core beliefs of the church" (Assemblies of God)
- Baptism in the Holy Spirit
- Divine Healing
- Rapture and Second Coming of Christ.
The eight blue points pictures the eight points of the Royal Rangers Code – Alert, Clean, Honest, Courageous, Loyal, Courteous, Obedient, and Spiritual- which is explained in more detail below in the designated subsection.
"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.
The Royal Rangers motto is "Ready". The meaning of the motto is "Ready for anything! Ready to work, play, serve, worship, live, and obey God’s Word".
The Royal Rangers flag is the Royal Rangers emblem centered on a white field.
There are four divisions of the Royal Rangers program corresponding to the age group:
- Ranger Kids (Kindergarten to 2nd grade)
- Discovery Rangers (3rd grade to 5th grade)
- Adventure Rangers (6th grade to 8th grade)
- Expedition Rangers (High School (i.e. 9th-12th grade)) 
Each division has their own vest, on which can be placed the awards (i.e. merit patches, medals, (et cetera))
Advancement System & Awards
The Royal Rangers advancement system includes discipleship, leadership, and skills development aspects. Each age group in the program utilizes an appropriate advancement trail for that age group; boys complete advancement steps by earning a specified number of merits and other requirements. There are over 300 merits which can be worked on during meetings, on their own like at home for example, or both.
The advancement steps form the Ranger Kids' advancement trail. Each year for the three years in Ranger Kids, there are four quarterly patches; each patch "is based on the completion of requirements in four developmental categories: mental [talking to their parents or commanders after chores/assisting/helping out for instance], physical [like chores or helping the commander], spiritual [such as praying and reading the Bible], and social [for example: talking to others, explaining the things you did, evangelizing]". Once the ranger earns all four, it is then when they earn the annual patch. Upon earning all three annual patches, the ranger is thereby awarded the highest honor of the division: the Gold Trail Award (GTA). In summary, the GTA is attained by earning the three yearly patches and the three yearly patches are attained upon the completion of the four quarterly patches.
|Kindergarten - Trail to the Elk||First grade - Trail to the Wolverine||Second grade - Trail to the Cougar|
Skill, leadership, and Bible merits form the core of the advancement trails for Discovery, Adventure, and Expedition Rangers. The Discovery Rangers is similar. The yearly trails are respectively the Falcon, Hawk, and Eagle.
Likewise, the Adventure Rangers' annual trails are the Adventure Bronze Award, Adventure Silver Award, and Adventure Gold Award.
The Expedition Rangers' annual trails are the E1, E2, and E3 Award.
Gold Medal of Achievement (GMA)
The highest attainable award in Royal Rangers is the Gold Medal of Achievement (GMA) - which is tougher than the Eagle Scout Award. The GMA testifies to the persevering work, assiduous endurance, and ceaseless dedication towards the program, plus being equipped to be strong, intrepid leaders. The GMA is awarded upon the completion of the highest award for any two Royal Rangers age group besides the Ranger Kids' Gold Trail Award, as of the new, current 2016 amendments as well as other requirements such as reading the entire Bible, age specifications, the GMA Capstone Project, etc.
The Gold Medal of Achievement with MERIT is a special honor awarded to boys earning the highest award in three age groups (including Ranger Kids).
The Gold Medal of Achievement with HONORS is a special honor signifying 13 years of dedication, as one completes the entire advancement system; representing a full 13 years of work, recipients of this award must earn the highest award in each age group, as well as other requirements.
The program features a number of components of special interest to certain types of our membership. These 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 International
Royal Rangers ministers to young people in the United States and in over 90 countries through the support of Royal Rangers International, the Assemblies of God World Missions organization tasked with the responsibility to support Royal Rangers worldwide (see RoyalRangersInternational.com). Thus, in 2002, Royal Rangers International (RRI) was started and "exists to establish, strengthen, and serve the growing number of nations seeking to impact the next generation through the Royal Rangers ministry.". The largest organization outside the United States is in Australia, with groups in all areas except Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Royal Rangers has a variety of different training opportunities for boys, or Junior Leaders, and adult leaders. Training takes place in various parts of the country and is mostly given at the district and national levels.
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 (NEEC) and Ranger Safety Course were updated.
Junior leader training
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. Junior leaders are trained to be respectful leaders as they grow up. You need to contain discipline and attend several leader training camps. For example the SED Junior training camp, advanced junior training camp, survival (training) camp.
Adult leader training
Outpost leaders (called "commanders") can participate in spiritual, Royal Ranger skill, and leadership development through opportunities provided to outpost leaders and organizational leaders.
An outpost commander can earn the prestigious Medal of Excellence (MOE). To do so, the commander must first go through commander training: the four levels of Outpost Leaders Advancement.The advancement setup is simple. Commanders must first earn a square-shaped patch that certifies them of being ready, safe, trained, as well as undergoing advanced training; that patch features the emblem in the center, with "Ready" "Safety" "Trained" and "Advanced" on the sides - one written for each of the four sides. To get this patch, commanders earn each of the four "tickets" on the edges one by one. That is, to earn the "Ready Ticket," the commander completed Ranger Basics and Ranger Essentials training; earning the "Safety Ticket" requires being CPR certified and having completed the Ranger Safety Course; earning the "Trained Ticket" requires taking a choice of either the National Rangers Ministry Camp (NRMC) or National Elementary Education Conference (NEEC); finally, it culminates with the World Class Outpost (WCO) Seminar for the "Advanced Ticket;" this adult leadership training has the purpose to equip leaders to effectively minister to boys. With everything mentioned, plus a couple of more requirements, the commander earns the square patch. Now, they could start to work on the Medal of Excellence since that requirement to the MOE is completed. The MOE "represents a level of commitment and dedication to both the leader's personal growth as well as the spiritual and leadership development of boys and young men". It is earned via taking one or more boys on the journey of completing the requirements for earning the highest attainable medal of any of the four Royal Rangers' divisions. (i.e. Taking a Ranger Kids on the journey to the Gold Trail Award; a Discovery Ranger to the Gold Eagle Award; an Adventure Ranger to the Adventure Gold Award; an Expedition Ranger to the E3 award).
Additional leader training
Additional leadership training is available for instructors, organizational leaders, and more.
Mpact Girls Clubs
Mpact Girls Clubs, formerly known as Missionettes Girls Clubs, are part of a worldwide program directed by National Girls Ministries within the Assemblies of God. The program is the counterpart ministry to Royal Rangers. The Clubs were created to allow girls an opportunity to discuss issues that matter to them and learn how to live according to Biblical principles given by Jesus.
The name was changed from Missionettes to Mpact Girls Clubs in March 2007 as part of a strategic plan to reach girls in a more holistic manner. The Clubs were subsequently divided into three categories to accommodate the boys in the two early clubs, Sunlight Kids and Rainbows.
The Missionettes were founded by the Assemblies of God Women's Ministries in 1956.
Girls Ministries Clubs are driven by a 5-fold Purpose.
- To win girls to Jesus Christ through love and acceptance.
- To teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded us—developing girls spiritually and mentally.
- To provide encouragement, support and accountability through lasting Christian relationships.
- To provide an environment for girls to develop their gifts and abilities.
- To acquaint them with the Great Commission of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Girls Clubs Code
One of the distinctives that sets these clubs apart from other clubs is that there is a code which is the mind-set of all leaders and girls. The Code is Philippians 4:8 — "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." (NIV)
Girls Ministries clubs are organized into three categories of clubs. The leaders of each club are called "Sponsors".
Mpact Kids Clubs (Co-ed)
- Sunlight Kids is the club for nursery-age children up to 36 months. Boys and Girls may be part of the Sunlight Kids club.
- Rainbows is the club for 3 and 4 year olds. Boys and Girls may be part of the Rainbows club. When a boy starts Kindergarten he will move into the Royal Rangers program. The Rainbow colors are Green and White. The club motto is "Rainbows are helpers."
Mpact Girls Clubs
- Daisies is the club for Kindergarten girls. It is a one-year program. The Daisies colors are Yellow and White. The club motto is "Daisies tell about Jesus."
- Prims is the club for 1st and 2nd grade girls. The club colors are Pink and White. The Prims motto is "I will be kind and thoughtful."
- Stars is the club for 3rd through 5th grade girls. The club colors are Blue and White. The Stars motto is "I will follow Jesus."
Teen Girl Ministries (TGM)
- Friends is the club for 6th through 8th grade girls. The club colors are Purple and White. The Friends motto is "We are committed to God."
- Girls Only is the club for 9th through 12th grade girls. The club colors are Red and White. The Girls Only motto is "Every day in every way I will boldly live for God."
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- Official website of Royal Rangers in the USA
- Official website of Royal Rangers International, the liaison between the United States Royal Rangers and other national programs
- Online curriculum delivery system site
- Official website of Rangers Australia
- Official National Royal Rangers Facebook Page
- National Girls Ministries