Start by completing JTC and AJTC one year later to give you access to Advanced Camps.
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At eleven, a Ranger is ready to start an adventure in leadership that will equip him for lifelong ministry. By joining the Junior Leadership Training Academy, he will embark on a journey that will teach him the outdoor and leadership skills necessary to equip him for Academy Adventure camps that will test his ability and endurance.
The Ranger has to start with Junior Training Camp (JTC).
One year later, he will return to the Academy to complete Advanced Junior Training Camp (AJTC) where the emphasis is on teamwork. Together, the Rangers will build a 30-foot tower, rope bridge and zip line. Techniques in Pioneering and Orienteering are also taught to prepare him for the Adventure camps.
AJTC Graduates Complete Three Elective Advanced Camps to Earn Academy Saber
(JTC graduates are permitted at Winter Survival and Frontier Adventure camps)
The American frontiersman is an excellent example of man’s ability to adapt to the outdoors and the wilderness. At eleven, a boy was considered a man and his achievements were an example of courage and sheer determination.
Both boys and men complete this camp to join Frontiersman Camping Fellowship.
Backpacking is a challenging yet highly rewarding experience. Essentials of hiking – including equipment, first aid, cooking, navigation and how to pack a backpack are covered before you hit the nine-mile trail for a two-day backpacking adventure. You will carry all your gear in backpacks, filter all your drinking water and cook freeze-dried food over backpacking stoves.
There's nothing like the freedom of gliding across the open waters in your canoe packed with food and supplies to last you for the two days it will take to complete this adventure.
This adventure is not for the feint-hearted. In fact, most guys complete this camp last to be sure they are fully prepared for the challenge of living off the land for three days. You will build your own shelter, trap your own food and filter your water as you experience survival in the wilderness.
Once the Ranger has completed five Academy Camps he may be invited to serve on Elite Staff at one of the camps. This completes the requirements for earning the coveted Academy Saber, which is awarded at a formal ceremony attended by parents and Rangers across the district.
To better prepare the boy for the Ranger Academy, Junior Training Camp is offered to boys 9 to 11 years old, but it is not a required camp. During his overnight stay, the Ranger will gain confidence in his camping skills, learn how to work as a patrol and rely on the unique abilities of every individual in the team. This event is jam-packed with fun and games, and team building activities.