Ranger teen survives 3 days in the wilderness.

CAMP WILDERNESS, Waupaca, WI - August 2016

Seth Hunt (15) spent two nights and three days in the woods with not much more than a knife, magnesium flint, a piece of foil, a couple of fish hooks and some plastic sheeting. He and twelve other teens attended Wilderness Survival Camp in August were they were trained to live off the land and rely on God and the friendship of the guy they were paired off with. To make things worse, they faced a deluge of storms during the first two days of their adventure. “All the Academy camps are tough, but this was especially hard… making fires in the rain and building shelters in the storms” was Seth’s cheerful response when asked how well the camp went.

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Suggested Merits

I found this article while rummaging through the internet and thought it might be useful, but would suggest you consider the following adjustments:

  • The required merits should not be scheduled in the summer when attendance is typically  lower. Rather schedule required merits (Bible Knowledge, etc.) during the Fall when the boys can complete the reading by next Sept. (reading during the Summer does not usually happen).
  • We see Ropecraft is not mentioned.  We highly recommended you include this merit to ensure your boys are well prepared for District camps, plus this is a super valuble skill to have.

Here's the article:

The advancement trails for Discovery Rangers (grades 3-5), Adventure Rangers (grades 6-8), and Expedition Rangers (grades 9-12) are largely based on the completion of a specified number of skill merits.  Groups may choose from a list of over 200 merits currently available.  

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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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Ranger Leaders share their planning tools.

There are tools Commander Randy Mesun doesn’t mind sharing. In fact, they serve him so well he’s earned the reputation of being “Mr Organized” around the district. We asked Randy to give us the inside scoop on how he so effectively plans the whole Ranger year for the Plymouth Outpost. Here's what he suggests:


Establish your annual Outpost calendar.

Randy refers to the tentative Calendar on the district Rangers website, marking event dates while making sure that he coordinates with his church calendar.

He also notes the weeks that

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