- by men they look up to. We let boys know they have what it takes to be a man of God.
- We teach Christlike-character boys can apply through adolescence and beyond.
- We truly care about others. We pledge to serve God, our church and our fellow man.
- Our fun, relational activities teach confidence and self-worth.
- Ranger leaders teach others to do what they do best.
- Boys learn by doing. Rangers encourage others, empowering them to always do their best for God.
- We cultivate unity, teamwork and a focus on the common good.
- Rangers are equipped for a lifetime.
"Rangers is much more than awarding medals" according to Jody Smith, Adventure Rangers leader, "it's about mentoring future Christian leaders". And that is exactly what Oak Creek AG strives to do. Evidence of how they equip boys and young men for ministry is evident. During the morning service, a Ranger operates one of the TV cameras - one of the skills tought by Rangers. Another is setting up the banquet tables while his friends usher parents and guests to their seats. During the ceremony, one of the medalists explain how the Expedition Rangers are building a tree house as part of the set for the church's Christmas musical.
"Rangers certainly has come a long way and we are building relationships with one another like never before" Smith added.
Gerry Krebsbach, our District Director was present to award one Ranger Kid his Gold Trail, three Discovery Ranger Gold Eagle awards, four bronze medals, three silver and the prestigous Gold Medal of Achievement to Noah Kelly.
It is no wonder other districts model their Academy camps on ours. Over the past twenty years Rob Wefel (pictured far right) and his team have set a new standard in training young men in outdoor skills and leadership.
This year I was fortunate to serve as Patrol Advisor at JTC, the entry-level camp that teaches camping, lashing, compass and other essential outdoor skills. It was fascinating watching the members of my Fox patrol get to know each other’s strengths as they slowly bonded together like a band of brothers ready to tackle any task we threw at them. But that was not the only camp taking place that weekend.
The Advanced JTC group was building a rope bridge and lashing a 30ft tower together on the opposite side of camp while another group was trekking their heavy backpacks along the Glacier Trail as the Wilderness Survival group was chasing grasshoppers for dinner. Usually there’s a team of guys paddling their canoes down the river, making up five camps that Rob oversees… at the same time! Is he superhuman? I think so, but he modestly gives God the glory and explains that he cannot do it without the support from his highly trained staff, many of them Academy Graduates that went through these camps just a few short years ago.
If you ever want to see a well-orchestrated team of enthusiastic leaders, attend Ranger Academy in August next year or sign up for the other two Academy Camps: Winter Survival Camp where you get to build and overnight in a winter shelter, or Frontiersman camp where you learn the skills and values of the founders of this great country.
I look forward to watch these boys in my Fox patrol develop as young leaders, eventually completing five of these seven camps as they are awarded the prestigious Saber to wear as part of their uniform. God can use men of this caliber!
|2014 JTC Fox Patrol||One of the candidates that drove from Missoura to attend Survival Camp|