The trail every ranger should hike [S01E15]

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)

Branden Hurst certainly knows the meaning of taking the road or trail less traveled.  A very, very small percent of the countries avid hikers can say they have hiked the entire 2,189 miles of the Appellation Trail.

Brandon Hurst was OP169’s 2nd GMA in a class of 4.  At OP169 he is in the company of now 20 other GMA graduates.  Since he left OP169 Branden has received an undergraduate degree from SEU and a graduate degree from FSU.  At age 31 Branden now calls Dallas home as he applies his leadership skills to the Chi Alpha Ministries for the AG.

Brandon started his Ranger journey in Straight Arrows and wilh his mentor, father, and commander by his side he stayed will Rangers all the way to Trail Rangers and his GMA.  Branden’s father, Commander Mark Hurst is still a valued leader at OP169 and continues to work with the high school boys now know as Expedition Rangers.

I asked Branden how he thought we did to equip and empower him for life’s journey and he gave his outpost 5 stars.  If your wondering 5 is the highest ratting.  I also asked him to share his greatest gain in Rangers and his answer should strengthen your resolve to continue to fight the good fight.  Branden said, “Devotion to God”, without that everything else will never fall into place.

Commander Mark Hurst has seen 20 GMA’s and counting have their medals pined on and of all the adventure rich activities that he has planned hiking still tops the charts.  Bang for your buck and maximum participation hiking is the way to go.  It was Commander Mark’s love for hiking that inspired Branden to take on the challenge of the AT.  Starting March 1st of his sophomore year in college Branden headed north.  And on July 3rd accompanied by his dad he completed to journey and added his name to an elite group of hikers.

You wont make it without a sleeping mat. Trekking poles are a must. The cost is between $3000-$6000.

None!  Branden encourages even novice hikers to add the AT to their bucket list, and for those that are just exiting high school or entering college you will never have a better opportunity to get it done.

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It’s time to cross the finish line of 2016 and step up to the starting line of 2017. [S01E14]

I have run 13 marathons and a friend of mine that helped me train game me this advice.  At first I thought he was just razing me, but now that I have crossed many finish lines I understand what he meant and it’s solid advice.  Sometimes we just need to narrow our view.  Get laser focused on the finish line and get off the course.  The course can be an amazing journey but if you stay on it too long your just wondering and the sweeper bus will come by and collect you.  The enemy will try to cloud your thinking and tell you that your a quitter.  Your not quitting your finishing.  Not every finish line in life will be you jumping with joy.  Some of them will be you dragging a limb across the line, but getting over that finish line allows you to step up to the next starting line.

In the running world you will here runners talk about a RP or personal record.  God knew what he was doing when he guided you along your life’s path.  Your goals and dreams are unique to you.  Take time to celebrate every accomplishment.  Don’t let the enemy convince you that it’s not worth mentioning.  A runner who cuts even 60 seconds off a 5k race has accomplished a great new PR.  Small investments over a long period of time yield the greatest returns.  Not celebrating takes praise away from God who gave you the opportunity in to begin with.

Here at Royal Range Podcast we say, “life is a journey, one adventure at a time”.  There is something adventurous about a new goal or a new challenge.  A great way to get started is to use the four ways a boy grows:  Spiritually, Physically, Mentally, and Socially.  Make a goal for each of these areas and you will have a jam-up 2017.

Most peoples new years resolutions fall flat in the first few weeks.  Quitting is easy but starting takes courage and humility.  Start now and start often.  This is one area where the enemy loves to get us down, but push back and lean into it.  You probably doing far better than you think.  Give it time and stick to it.  If your goal is to read 5 books this year and you only read two, celebrate.  Only 25% of Americans will read one book this year.  Two books puts you in the top 20% of Americas best thinkers.

Happy New Year.



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What happened to our recruits? [SO1EP13]

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.

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Humility when your the smartest person in the room [S01E12]


Be it academic, be it great mental acumen, or be it the school of hard knocks when you walk into a ranger classroom your probably the smartest in the room.  You’ve lived life longer and your experiences can give you wisdom.

They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Building a great Outpost takes time and one of the most important building blocks is relationships.  You really do have some great wisdom to impart on your Rangers, but it takes time to build the relationships that will help you be able to have a strong influence.  Remember rules without relationship breads rebellion.

Try using the ABC’s f communication.  Affirm, Bridge, Connect.

We try to bring a little affirmation into the classroom each time we start.  Each on of these boys in a gift from God and it’s a privilege to have an opportunity to pour into their lives.  Let them know how much you value them and how special they are.  Bridging usually happens during your game or activity.  It’s when you have an opportunity to build comradery and just have fun.  Connecting happens during your skill merit time.  Your equipping them and boys like to add new skills to there resume.

Bring people up to your level gracefully.  Don’t drag them up critically.

We all get frustrated, but no one will ever be equipped by brow beating or belittling.  We have all seen that coach or mentor that thinks if they can just get them mad enough or make them feel bad enough they will rise to the occasion.  Encouragement is the key to empowerment.

Is your audience ready to learn what your teaching?

Give yourself the flexibility to adapt to how your boys are feeling.  This week may be finals week or they may be eager to head out for Christmas break.  If their not ready to hear you may want to move the game up in the line up.  Loosen them up.  You may even need to truncate the lesson for the night.

Are you teaching out of your giftings or did you see this on the internet.

We have all made this mistake.  Found ourselves way off the reservation with an idea we saw on the internet.  Stick to what your good at and allow other commanders to come along side you with their skills.  Royal Rangers is a big bus with plenty of seats for all of us.  Find the seat that your most comfortable in and watch God use you in a mighty way.

Original author: Commander
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The perfect gift for the Royal Ranger on your list! {S01E11}


Christmas letter writing on paper on wooden background with decorations

Today’s podcast is devoted to helping you do some last minute shopping for those Rangers or Ranger Commanders on your Christmas list. We’ve got some great gift ideas that are sure to be a surprise and a delight!

If you havn’t noticed yet, check out the new tab on our navigation bar at the top of this page – “Royal Ranger Podcast Christmas list”. This tab will take you to a list of our Amazon affiliate links for each of these gift ideas. So happy shopping and Merry Christmas! And please feel free to comment below and share with us some of your great gift ideas. Thanks!

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