I understand that any Discovery Ranger would have a difficult time answering the question, “What is Royal Rangers”, but by being able to describe the emblem and recite the motto will give them the confidence to have the conversation. When a boy is asked whats Royal Rangers and his answer is, alert, clean, honest, courageous, obedient, spiritual, I say that’s a great answer. If asked whats Royal Rangers and his answer is, With God’s help, I will do my best to serve God, my church, and my fellow man; to live by the Ranger Code; to make the Golden Rule my daily rule, I say that’s a great answer.
Boys thrive in a competition rich environment. Pass and Review gives your top Rangers a chance to shine and in doing so raises the bar for everyone. You have heard it said that a rising tide floats all boats. Why do we continue to pander to the lowest common denominator fearful of not being inclusive. Now, I’m not suggesting that you make everyone wear dress khakis, but you can lead by example and in Rangers it’s boy led adult facilitated. We need to facilitate a venue for the boys that can lead to lead.
Adolescents and teenagers have a strong desire to merge into culture. It’s normal to want to fit in, and that typically leads to a certain music, certain dress, etc….
Wearing a Ranger uniform doesn’t mean your selling out, it means your buying in. Buying into a brotherhood of like-minded Christ following warriors.
God made you uniquely you. No one that has ever lived is your equal. Not wearing a uniform shows your conformity to a world a drift. Desperately trying to follow the ebb and flow of societal norm.
The Ranger uniform embodies identity. Identifying you as an adventure on a journey to discover your specialize purpose in Christ accompanied buy your Outpost.
Furthermore it’s a place to hang all of your accomplishments.