Posts by Jody Smith
aKnot Notes to help teach Knot Tying
Download the reference sheet for your boys Here are a few notes to help you teach the merit A knot … is either exactly right or it is hopelessly wrong, make only one change … and either an entirely different knot is made or no knot at all may result.” Clifford Warren Ashley [The Ashley…Read More
9 Leadership Skills we teach at Jr Leadership Academy
At Jr Leadership Training Camp, we teach leadership through a process boys have to see by example and practice on their peers. Here are the Leadership Principles we teach: A good leader is one who takes responsibility for the outcome at the end, no matter what the result. He always gives the glory to God…Read More
Help promote Ranger camps
Parents in general are not familiar with all that Rangers has to offer. I see that specifically with my Discovery Ranger parents, their eyes gloss over when I start throwing out JTC, FCF and other acronyms we’re all so used to using. This is why we created the following flyers for you to give parents,…Read More
New Outpost Leader Orientation Guide
The National office put together an Outpost Leader Orientation program, a valuable tool for local outposts that will result in equipped leaders aligned with the vision of the ministry. The program serves as a quick introduction to Royal Rangers, guiding the new leader through onboarding and consists of 4 easy requirements to be completed by…Read More
Making Merits Interactive, no More Writing!
This is an excerpt from an article that appeared on the National Rangers website on November 6, 2019. John Hicks writes: It has long been understood that boys need activity and learn best in an environment rich with hands-on activities and student participation. It is, therefore, essential that the weekly Royal Rangers meeting be a…Read More
How to correctly sharpen a knife
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…Read More
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…Read More
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 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…Read More
9 GMA’s in one year. Not bad for one Wisconsin outpost!
That’s right, Outpost 39 (Oak Creek AG) awarded nine out of the twelve Gold Medals of Achievement earned this year throughout our entire district at their annual medal ceremony held on November 9, 2016. We’re extremely proud of all 233 young men from our district that earned this prestigious award since it’s inception in 1964!…Read More
So, who were our first District Commanders?
When George Kupfer called a meeting in late July for the newly-appointed district staff to plan the first ever Pow Wow at Spencer Lake Bible Camp, nobody could have imagined the blessing this initiative would bring. Sharon (Gene Morrison’s wife) and Dorothy Forrester, George’s work secretary at the time, expertly hand made the awards, Reverend…Read More