More specifically dogeball at Roundup 2016, the best event ever.  The commanders of Royal Ranger Podcast call OP169 their home Outpost and we are part of the Penn Florida Central Division.  Our RoundUp is held in Fort Meade at Camp Wilderness.  This year the weather cooperated and 200-300 of us had a blast playing in the peace river, canoeing, hanging out and playing dodge-ball in our dodge-ball arena.

Dodge-ball has been one of the all time favorite events at our Roundups and Pow Wow, and we wanted to share our setup with you so that you could see just how easy it can be to create a dogeball arena at your events.  I promise you that it will be a worthwhile investment and it will soon become a favorite event for your division or district.


Our dogeball arena is 64′ x 32′.  We used 16′ PT 2×4’s across the top (12 total) and 12′ 4×4 posts (12-15 depending on the doors).  The orange safety netting is 4′ and we used furring strips to fasten the mesh to the posts.  A staple gun was used to secure it in place and that’s it!

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mikasaThe balls are the classic playground rubber balls.  I found some on amazon for $3.00, but if you want to go “Pro”, try these balls from Mikasa.

safety-nettingI also found the safety netting on Amazon.  There were several thicknesses.  For the money I would get the thicker.  You want this to stay up for years.


As always, hammocks are a favorite part of any campsite.  We have come across a new product.  The Wise Owl Outfitters hammock.  ENO has been a brand favorite but Wise Owl Outfitters make a great hammock set at a great value.  It’s worth a look.

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image1If the National Offices stats are right and there are more than 250,000 chartered member nationwide then there must be even far more that have been impacted by Royal Rangers at one point in their lives.  It’s always fun to run into someone while traveling and find out what they know about Royal Rangers.  A team of rangers and commanders I was with were flying back into the country from a mission trip, and were waiting in the line at customs.  A border patrol agent at one of the stations flagged me over and as I approached he notice my Royal Ranger t-shirt and said, “Are you a ranger commander”?  I said yes and pointed to the group.  He reached into his bag and pulled out a royal ranger handbook.  He asked for the rest of the group to come over and quickly got us right through.  You just never know who you might run into.

In this episode we want to find out what the GMA’s are up to.  Each quarter we are going to interview a GMA from around the country and find out how getting the GMA impacted their lives and what advice they have for the rest of us.   If you’re a GMA and would be willing to be part of an upcoming episode please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This episodes GMA is 2012 metal recipient from Outpost 169, Chandler Glotfelty.

Servant Leadership

Chandler is serving as the president of Calvary FAU.  This is an on campus ministry at Florida Atlantic University sponsored by Calvary Chapel.

Did Royal Rangers impact your decision to take on the role of president for Calvary?

What advice to you have for young rangers thinking about a leadership position.


As an Outpost and as commanders how did we do equipping and empowering you for the journey?

Three pieces of equipment

Confidence Courage Competence

Advice to the Ministry

From the Latin roots for discipline we also get disciple.

No uniforms can be uniform, but sloppy is still sloppy.

Girls, distraction or distraction?

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A Commander can’t be easily offended, but he must be quick to love!

A commander can’t be easily offended.

It’s easy for all of us men to take pride and ownership of our outpost and the plans we make for weekly meetings, but in a ministry, where relationships are central, we have to hold onto those plans loosely.  We can never predict when a ranger, a parent, or another commander may unwittingly tip over our “precious” apple cart.  It’s in those moments that we have to remember our motto, “Be, Ready for Anything.”  To be ready for anything, we have to create margin or space.  That space gives us time to react.
On a recent Wednesday night, Senior Commander Wayne asked to meet with the Expedition Ranger (ER) commanders to discuss some changes.  I had a little bit of a heads up, and I knew these commanders were going to react – and react they did.  At OP169 we have a very special group of ER’s.  On any Wednesday night we can have 20-25 ER’s.  These are high school boys that have everywhere else to be, but make a decision each Wednesday to be a part of the Outpost.
This is a group that is “boy lead – adult facilitated”.  The group of commanders that facilitate ER’s is a strong group of seasoned servant leaders that have built tremendous relationships with these boys.  So as you can imagine, they are very protective.  Some of our Outpost lead commanders had resigned their positions, and as a result, Commander Wayne was prayerfully contemplating combining AR’s and ER’s.  You could immediately feel the tension in the room and see the reactions begging to swell on their faces.  One commander that is very fit and muscular looked as if he would tear off the corner of the desk he was sitting on.  I was impressed that out of respect for Commander Wayne most of these men allowed for margin, or what Andy Stanley call, breathing room.
Victory Frankl, a famous holocausts survivor and psychiatrist puts it this way, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

3 ways to create margin.

Lean on God’s word. The Bible is full of wisdom about thinking before speaking (Psalm 34:13, 141:3) Be ready and open to feedback. In fact, invite it! In most leadership positions, it is essential for you to hear all of the things that can and do go wrong. It’s nice to hear the positive, but to have an opportunity to resolve a problem just puts you and your Outpost on a more stable footing. Begin to see the situation through the eyes of your heart. Remember you have the power to choose your response, and the eyes of your heart will give clarity to the ways God is growing you.

A commander must be quick to love.

1 Corinthians 13:1 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am the sound of a rusty gate”.  Rangers is a discipleship ministry that only works when relationship are built inside of our adventure rich lives.  Rules without relationship breads rebellion.  Rules with relationship breads respect.  Being a conduit of God’s love will bridge every relational gape.
Behind every set of eyes is a story.  The real story, and getting to that story requires love.  We have had so many stories where God has healed and restored a young man’s heart out of an abundance of love shown to him by Godly commanders, parents and other rangers.
Love in any relationship is cumulative.  It takes small investments over a long period, but the returns are tenfold.  Within your role as a commander, expressions of love will come out of experiences with your outpost.  Whether your teaching basic lashing or a Bible merit, whether you’re camping at Pow Wow or canoeing down the river, these opportunities to express the love of Christ and forge lasting relationships will allow you to build God’s strength into the lives of the young men in your Outpost.

A ministry tool that has help draw out Outpost closer is The Word for You Today.   It is required reading for all of our commanders.

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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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Whether your an Outpost of 10 or 100, you need a chaplain!

After twenty five years leading at Outpost 169, Commander Wayne Elliott urges all Outpost to establish the spiritual foundation of your organizational structure first. That’s not to say that Outpost wont experience times where commanders have to fill positions temporary because someone has had to step down, but it does mean that an Outpost should always recognize the need for an Outpost chaplain the the vital role he fills.
For those of us that have been commanders for any length of time then you have probably worn many hats at your Outpost or sat in many seats on your Outpost “bus”. With a ministry motto of “Ready, ready for anything” we sometimes can help but clutter our plates with a whole host of things that have to be accomplished for out weekly meetings. There is a seat for everyone on the bus and more importantly a right seat. The sooner you get everyone on the right seat the sooner those plates begin to be uncluttered and the healthy your Outpost with be.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Weekly Outpost meetings are the keystone activities of an Outpost. It’s when relationships are forged and we begin to build around us a fellowship that will see us through. Having a spiritual lighthouse “Chaplain” will pull everything together and bring a unity that’s totally in tune with God’s word.
Every commander should be a spiritual leader, but a chaplain is THE Outpost spiritual leader.

Who makes a great Chaplin?
At Outpost 169 Commander Wayne has seen former college professors, Outpost commanders and retired missionaries step into the role of chaplain. The important thing is that this is a unique full time position. Now that doesn’t mean that this is a forty hour a week job. I just mean that the chaplain is not ask to fill any other position at the Outpost. His total focus in on the spiritual heath of the Outpost. You may be in a situation where your churches children’s pastor or even the senior pastor could fill the role of chaplain.

Proven steps to fining an Outpost chaplain

Recognize the need. Anytime we establish a real need in our lives it begins to get our attention.

Pray. Take you need to God daily. Lift up your Outpost to the Lord and ask him to fill the chaplain position.

Take steps of faith. Faith is an action verb. Follow God’s prompting on your heart. The Lord didn’t wake up today and say, “Oh no, that outpost doesn’t have a chaplain”. We are stewards of God’s ministry. He will provide.

The position of Outpost chaplain at OP169 was recently filled by a semi-retired missionary that had been sitting in font of Commander Wayne in church for several months. Commander Wayne had been praying for God to bring us a new chaplain after Chaplain Steve resigned. It was months of prayer and simply getting to know Richard Dunn on Sunday morning. One Sunday morning during service Commander Wayne just felt a prompting from God to just casually bring up the conversation regarding Rangers and our need for a chaplain. Within a few weeks Chaplain Richard had moved into his new role. And let me tell you it has been a perfect fit.

The true power of the chaplain position.
Outpost 169 has hosted several SMC’s. (Summer Merit Camps) and at each on Commander Wayne was careful to fill the position of Chaplain. At this particular SMC our chaplain was Edd Sattesahn. During our planning meetings Commander Wayne would always emphasis the phrase, “behind every set of eyes is a story.” Well, during one of our first devotions at SMC Chaplain Edd handed each of the boys a 3×5 card and asked them to write down something we didn’t know about their story. He reminded them that no one but Chaplain Edd would ever read these so the information was confidential. This was the moment that Chaplain Edd and the rest of us as commanders became intimately aware of how important the role of chaplain was. One of the boys who was there with his two brothers wrote, “I am here with my two brothers. We all have the same mother, we each have different dads, all four are in prison.” They were all staying with their grandmother who felt the importance of getting these boys to rangers.
Now I know, I said that these cards were written in confidence and that was never broken, but over the coarse of the next few days of building relationships we these boys they began to share and we learned more about this young mans story. Interestingly to meet this young man you would have never known his story. He is a dynamic young man with an amazing servants heart. He would have done anything for you or any of the other boys. You would have thought he had a great home life and a father that had just poured into his life.
The point is, without Chaplain Edd leading the spiritual foundation, teaching the bible merit at camp, serving communion, praying for the boys and building those relationships we would have never learned the stories of these boys hearts. The story God was telling. There is more about all of us than meets the eye. More about us than others know and more about our true selves that we would like to know and to get at it you have to go deep. Behind the eyes and deep into our true heats. The heart God wants to make whole and alive. The heart the enemy wants to steal kill and destroy.
Commanders, you have a great responsibility and a great adventure before you, but without a fellowship united and standing firmly on the foundation of God’s word you will struggle to hold it together. Prayerfully fill the position of chaplain and enjoy life’s journey one adventure at a time.

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