Royal Rangers is one of America’s largest and foremost adventure programs for boys. It is a national program designed to meet the physical, spiritual, mental and social needs of boys and young men. Our ultimate goal is to help boys to recognize and grow into their place of leadership and responsibility as followers of Christ. We recognize that the boys we reach today will be the leaders of tomorrow! This ministry reaches across the United States and into over 63 nations around the world. It seeks to motivate boys spiritually through Bible study, memorization, devotionals, and Christian mentors. The boys are encouraged to excel through a weekly awards-based program.

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The threefold purpose of the Royal Rangers is:

  • To evangelize boys for Christ
  • To develop the total boy for Christ — leadership, spiritually, physically, mentally and socially
  • To keep boys for Christ and in the church

We want to reach, teach and keep boys for Christ. The young men are introduced to various leadership opportunities in church, community, and nature-related activities designed to help them develop social skills and awareness. Dedicated leaders, called commanders, provide boys with the necessary direction during weekly outpost meetings. These meetings serve to develop the total boy for Christ and to offer loving support and understanding for the boys through godly role models.


What is a typical meeting like?

The average Thursday night meeting usually follows a typical agenda that includes: opening business, Bible study, meeting feature, and a recreation. *The minimum age requirement is 6 years old, regardless of grade.

What is the age range?

Our church hosts three Royal Ranger groups:

  • Ranger Kids (1st-2nd grade*) follow a western theme.
  • Discovery Rangers (grades 3-5) follow an outdoor, camping-oriented theme.
  • Adventure Rangers (grades 6-8) also follow an outdoor theme.

When do the clubs meet?

  • Dates: See the Calendar pages for specific dates
  • Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

What is the age requirement?

  • Our clubs range from about 1st – 8th grade.  In general, from age 6* to 14.

Who are my son’s commanders?

  • Ranger Kids (G1-2): Dan Radez and Assistant Commander, Ryan Curtis.
  • Discovery Rangers (G3-5): Josiah Ruhl and Jermaine Powell
  • Adventure Rangers (G6-8): Fred Wolfe and Travis Sasser

What is your sickness policy?

We follow the church children’s ministry sick policy, which states: “Parents, please note that in order to best serve all our families, children who have been sick within the past 24 hours, showing symptoms of a cough, fever, or a runny nose (not due to allergies) will not be permitted to attend the club meeting.”

Royal Ranger motto: READY

Ready for anything! Ready to work, play, serve, worship, live, and obey God’s Word.

Royal Ranger code

A Royal Ranger is:

  • Clean: He is clean in body, mind, and speech.
  • Honest: He does not lie, cheat, or steal.
  • Courageous: He is brave in spite of danger, criticism, or threats.
  • Loyal: He is faithful to his family, church, outpost, and friends.
  • Courteous: He is polite, kind, and thoughtful.
  • Obedient: He obeys his parents, leaders, and those in authority.
  • Spiritual: He prays, reads the Bible, and witnesses.
  • Alert: He is mentally, physically and spiritually alert.

Royal Ranger pledge

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.

The Golden Rule

“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” —Matthew 7:12

For each merit, you MUST get the information packet from your commander in order to earn that merit. Please read each level of merit requirements carefully and ask your commander if you have any questions.

Learn about Uniforms and Merit Placement

Bible Merits

Rangers Bible Merits are based upon the devotional guide, “Seeking God Daily”. A copy of the Journal is available to Rangers who are committed to complete at least 30 devotionals. The basic requirement for a devotion, is that a chapter is read and something is written about the passage. Sample questions are given in the Journal, but any question or thought can be used for prompting.

Ranger Kids Bible Merits

There is only a single merit for Rangers Kids, and the only requirement for this merit is to finish reading the passages listed in the 1-2 Grade reading plan. No writing is required.

1-2 Grade Reading Plan

Discovery Ranger Bible Merits

Discovery will use the 3-6 Grade reading plan, which includes approximately 300 passages or devotions. A merit badge is earned for each 30 devotions, and all passages in the reading plan must be completed before repeating.

3-6 Grade Reading Plan

Adventure Ranger Bible Merits

Adventure will use the 7-9th Grade reading plan, which includes approximately 400 passages or devotions. A merit badge is earned for each 40 devotions, and all passages in the reading plan must be completed before repeating.

7-9 Grade Reading Plan

Download the reproducible Bible Merit Devotion Guide

Date Activity

September 15

September 29

First Meeting

Regular Meeting

October 13

October 27

Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting

November 10

December 1

Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting

January 12

January 26

Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting

February 9

February 23

Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting

March 9

March 23

Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting

April  13

April  27

Regular Meeting

Pinewood Derby

May 11

May 25

Regular Meeting

Award Ceremony

Youth Bracket

  1. All components from provided derby kit must be used without substitution. Additional material may be added as long as all other requirements are met.
  2. Wheel alterations are not allowed. Paint may be applied to the wheel, although not recommended. Graphite lubricant is allowed and recommended. Oil (wet) lubricant is not allowed.
  3. Axle polishing is encouraged and should be a joint effort of adult and child. Axles in the kit must be used.
  4. Cars must fit in a 2.75″ x 7″ box and must not exceed 5 oz. The height limit is 5″ because of the track timer. The front center of the car must be able to rest against the starting pin without any part of the car protruding past the starting pin. A small flat area in the front low center of the car works best for allowing the car to rest against the starting pin.
  5. Axles may be relocated as long as the wheels still fit inside the 2.75″ width x 7″ length requirement. Wheels should be spaced the width of the block (1.75″), so that they will straddle the track. Recommended clearance is 3/8″ from the bottom of the car to the bottom of the wheel.
  6. Fathers are expected to help with initial shaping of the car and may also assist in sanding. Please include your son in every step in shaping after initial cuts are made.
  7. Design must be from youth concept. All design, painting, decals, etc. must by done by youth. Adult supervision of handling and applying paint is expected.
  8. Any painting or design work done by adults will eliminate the car from the youth design award category.
  9. Gravity powered only.

Adult (Open) Bracket:

  1. All components from the provided derby kit must be used. Additional material may be added as long as other requirements are met.
  2. Wheel alterations are allowed as long as wheels included in the kit are used. Graphite lubricant is allowed and recommended. Oil (wet) lubricant is not allowed.
  3. Cars must fit in a 2.75″ x 7″ box and must not exceed 5 oz. The height limit is 5″ because of the track timer. The front center of the car must be able to rest against the starting pin without any part of the car protruding past the starting pin. A small flat area in the front low center of the car works best for allowing the car to rest against the starting pin.
  4. Axles may be relocated or altered as long as axle included in the kit is used.
  5. Gravity powered only.

Freedom Class:

This is a new class this year to allow for some additional ingenuity. It is a race only class and anyone may participate. Anyone may enter this class and still compete for the design award in their normal group as long as they are eligible (designed & built by participant).

  1. Electric power assist is allowed. No compressed air or combustible fuel!
  2. Cars must not exceed 2.75″ Wide, 5″ Tall and 10″ in Length, and must not exceed 8 oz.
  3. Wheel surface that contacts the track must be of a soft material such as rubber or plastic so as not to damage the track.
  4. Any components are allowed as long as they do not present a safety hazard.