All-night Vigil, Alone in the Wilderness

CAMP WILDERNESS, Waupaca, WI – October 2016

Staying awake all night on a comfy couch with snacks and a game consul for company is hard enough, but have you ever tried praying from dusk to dawn… alone in the wilderness… in the fall… with nothing but limited primitive gear to sustain you. This Vigil is the final requirement towards becoming a Wilderness Member – the highest advancement level in Frontiersman Camping Fellowship (FCF).

For Caleb “Buffalo Tooth” Laux (15), this was an adventure to look forward to! Just a few years after he started Rangers in Kindergarten, he already set his sights on the Academy Saber. He picked the Frontier Adventure as one of his optional Academy camps but it wasn’t until his Uncle and cousins invited him to join them at Fall Trace, that the FCF bug bit him – and it bit him hard!

When asked what motivated him to take on his Wilderness Vigil, Caleb provided great insight.

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Knife Sharpening

Article credit: Crazy Crow.  Take a look at their knife sharpening tools. I have also bought their knife blanks in the past. They're relatively inexpensive and make a cool project as you add your custom handle and make a sheath for it.

How to Sharpen a Knife

The most difficult knife care task is said to be sharpening a blade. Modern stainless steel is very hard and when sharpened properly, will hold a good edge for a very long time.

When sharpening a knife, you must have a high quality sharpener that features a rough stock removal surface of diamond abrasive and a finishing surface of hard stone or ceramic abrasive. The diamond and ceramic materials will cut away the blade’s cutting surface easily as these materials are much harder than steel.

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Trappers Brigade reporting now a lot easier

Announced at LEAD16, the Trappers Brigade program was updated. The key items that were outlined are below. Note that these changes are immediate and will need to be reported this year on your annual reports.

The number of hours needed to complete each advancement level was adjusted:

  • Outpost Service - 15 hours
  • Local Church Service - 15 hours
  • Local Community Service - 5 hours
  • Missions Service - 5 hours

The priority missions initiatives for Royal Rangers will continue to be Royal Rangers International, Pathfinders Missions, BGMC Master's Toolbox, and Speed the Light. Other worthwhile missions agencies,

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