News - April 2014

Dear Organizational Leaders:

Thanks for a great LEAD14 and Mentoring Future Men Conference!

Your faithfulness is not only encouraging but is also enabling national, regional, and district leadership to remain in alignment. Together we are building momentum and growth.

Over the last 12 months, we have seen the following: 17% increase in Royal Rangers sales; 66% increase in number of TRaCclub tracks sold; 4% increase in overall outpost charters; and 37% increase in NEW outpost charters. These increases are a trend we started to see shortly following the 2012 National Camporama (which was our best attended ever).

Thank you for your leadership! We are influencing more boys and young men than ever, more effectively than ever!

Doug Marsh
National Director, Royal Rangers

Royal Rangers welcomes Brett Harrison to the training/medals/chartering assistant position. He is from the northern Kansas City area. He graduated from Evangel University in 2009 and from Assemblies of god Theological Seminary in 2012. He came to us from Assemblies of God Credit Union. He can be reached at or Please welcome Brett.

The guest speakers’ presentations are available at

Please direct new churches to the Quick Start Guide on the national website at This resource will be available soon in print format.


Be sure to continue to share the word about Rendezvous on July 14-18, 2014. Your leaders and young men can register and learn all of the exciting details of the new activities and competitions for this Rendezvous at They can sign up for the Rendezvous Café meals or purchase discounted ticket to Silver Dollar City.

At LEAD14, new requirements for FCF membership and advancement were announced. The following statement describes the transition from the current to the new system: “A Royal Rangers member may join the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship or advance under the old or the new Trail of the Grizzly requirements until December 31, 2014. As of January 1, 2015, all new memberships and advancements will be under the new Trail of the Grizzly requirements only, as described in the 2014 edition of the FCF Handbook.

We have added two PowerPoints in the District Director/Regional Staff AGPassport level. One is the Junior Training Update, presented in the general session at LEAD. The second is the Junior Training Development Outline, presented at the combined District Director & Junior Training Breakaway.

Leadership 105 was released last week on TRaCclub.

We are planning a National Ranger Ministry Camp in the country of Belize on January 16-18, 2015. Staff, of course, will need to fly in earlier in the week. The goal is to draw leaders from multiple Central American, South American, and Caribbean countries to this training.

The plan is to conduct a simultaneous English/Spanish NRMC. To accomplish this, we need NA/NAA certified instructors and key staff members to volunteer now. We will need bilingual men in some key positions and at least one in each of the skills areas on Saturday, as we plan on teaching the Core Competency classes combined. We may teach alternate classes for Air Rifle and Archery due to local restrictions. (We may do Sports.)

Rick Barnhouse, Gulf Region training coordinator, is leading the team that will complete the Training Academy process in Belize by 2016 so they will have their own certified instructors to run future events. This NRMC is the next major step in the process. If you would like to be considered for the 2015 training team, please contact Rick via email at Be sure to include your certification levels and core competencies because we will be multi-tasking at this camp.

My name is Luke Cooper. I am the eldest son of David and Lisa Cooper. When I was 5 years old, I started Royal Rangers at First Assembly of God in Independence, MO. I was so excited. When I was in the 5th grade, my family moved to Ozark, MO, and we started attending James River Assembly. Here I earned the Gold Medal of Achievement.

Our family started attending our current church, Life360 Church in Springfield, so that we could continue to be involved in Royal Rangers. I am a junior leader at Life360 Church and believe I have grown much more through the influence of some very strong men of God. I am currently an Expedition Ranger and am on my way to earning the Honor Gold Medal of Achievement.

I am currently a Sporter shooter on my school’s rifle team. Through shooting, I plan to attend one of the three military academies or become an Olympic Shooter. At the rate I’m going, I may have a very good chance to shoot on the Precision Shooting Team. I do plan for a career in the armed services as an officer. Then after I retire, I plan to buy a farm/ranch and raise cattle, horses, and possibly some crops.

Just wanted to let you know that you have an extraordinary team of men for Rangers training. This past Saturday, March 22, 2014, we had our first training (Ranger Basics) at the House of Prayer. These men came in like a well oiled machine with positive, can do attitudes. They are certainly great assets to the Royal Rangers. A big thank you to: Rockie Miller, Russ Hayden, Mark McAninch, and Rob Martin.
Travis Sharp Outpost 288 (Illinois)

News - February 2014

District Directors,

It is already Feb, and 2014 is turning out to be an exciting year. The national staff and the national FCF staff look forward to seeing you at the Rendezvous in July. Please make every effort to be there and support FCF by bringing the men and boys in your district. FCF is an exceptional mentoring asset of the Royal Rangers ministry.

The experience our national FCF president and team are seeking to deliver will be a subtle but consequential step forward for FCF and RR. You will want to capture the spirit of the event, and the only way to do that is to be present. Then, you will want to duplicate that spirit back home.

The national team and I look forward to seeing you at LEAD14 and the Mentoring Future Men Conference next month in Dallas at our new location. You won’t want to miss even one event.

Doug Marsh
National Director


Anything you want to know about registration, housing, airport shuttle service can be found on the LEAD page at Be sure to reserve your room directly with the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre by Feb 17 to get the conference rate of $115, which includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking for one vehicle.

LEAD14 will have many of the same sessions you are familiar with great praise and worship. The Mentoring Future Men Conference will pull out the stops with our speakers—Dr. Gregg Jantz, Dr. George Wood, Rev. Alton Garrison, and Justin Fennell—and concert by Shane & Shane.

Invite AG and non-AG church leaders interested in starting Royal Rangers to the MFM portion of the conference. Even now ads and communications are running in venues urging them to attend. Your personal contact with lead, youth, and children’s pastors may be the only missing motivator. It’s not too late, too far, or too whatever to get the word out. Do it! Please circulate the attached MFM Flyer and point people to our national ministry website for details.


The 2014 National FCF Rendezvous, July 14-18, will be the most exciting and colorful FCF event ever. The theme for Rendezvous will be “The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness…” Psalm 29:8.  If you’re a member of FCF, you won’t want to miss this special brand of fellowship, camaraderie, and competition with your FCF brethren from across the country. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some great speakers and to join in an amazing time of worship!

Rendezvous registration is open at The popular Rendezvous Café is back for those who do not want to spend time cooking each meal for your group. There are many competitions, games, vendors, and skills/trades demonstrations. One of the highlights of Rendezvous will be the new Craftsman’s Fair where FCF members from all of the country can showcase a variety of items from clothing to hand forged tools and from powder horns to beaded moccasins in hopes of winning a ribbon or “Best in Show” honors.


We need your help identifying volunteers with skills in medical, security, food service, retail, administrative, and maintenance. We have created a volunteer form in Survey at  Please direct people there who would like to volunteer to make Rendezvous memorable. We need to connect with them as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to the biggest and best Rendezvous ever!


The deadline of February 24, 2014, for signups to attend archery training offered prior to LEAD14 is approaching. There are limited spots available, so don’t delay. Centershot Ministries and Royal Rangers have partnered to offer nationally recognized archery training. Be among the first in the nation to become certified instructors or instructor trainers. Both have limited registration slots available. No on-site registration.

Royal Rangers Archery Instructor (RRAI) will be held on March 11. Cost is $50/person. Trainees receive a course book, instructor aids, ID card, and 5-year certificate of completion. With this certificate, the trainees can then teach archery courses at the outpost or district. Strictly limited to 20 people.  Refer to the RRAI Application for more information. Open to all Royal Rangers leaders.

Royal Rangers Archery Instructor Trainer (RRAIT) will be held on March 10-11, is full.



Again I can’t say enough about the awesome training in September! You have to know a couple things when I say that it was awesome.

1. I hate bunking with a group!
2. My hay fever and allergies are at peak!
3. And I would rather be fishing!:)

But a fought through my flesh, and what I want and sucked it up! It added value to my leadership and my vision for Royal Rangers! Rangers is not just a program it is a mentoring ministry!!!!!!!!

(Pastor George Bunnell, Grove Christian Center, Maple Grove MN)

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