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The Royal Ranger Program

        Royal Rangers is now recognized as the fastest growing boys ministry in the world. It is in all 50 states and over 54 countries around the world. Royal Rangers was started in 1962 in Springfield, Missouri (National Assemblies of God Headquarters), by the late Johnny Barnes with the goal of having a boys camping program, using "Christian Leadership from the Local Church" where a boy through his late teens can be instructed, challenged, and inspired through weekly meetings, day activities and camping outings in the areas of Bible, Christian Service, Moral Conduct, Church, Outdoor Skills, Campouts, and challenged to always do his "best".

Age Groups

Ranger Kids
Representing kindergarten, first grade, and second grade boys.

This impressionable age group is foundational in providing the background and training for additional participation in the Royal Rangers program. Its challenging and fun advancement system encourages boys to learn utilizing indoor and outdoor activities and games. The weekly lessons and objectives help to reinforce godly principles in their daily lives. In this age group the boys have an opportunity to achieve many advancement pins that can be placed on an awards vest and worn each week as part of the official Royal Rangers uniform.


Discovery Rangers
Representing third, fourth, and fifth grade boys.

The Discovery Rangers program features an exciting Premier Advancement System. In this system boys will learn through camping and non-camping activities. An emphasis is placed on learning at their own pace in a merit-based curriculum.


Adventure Rangers
Representing sixth, seventh, and eighth grade boys.

Adventure Rangers participate in more challenging camping and outdoor activities while emphasizing skill development, advanced camping, Junior Leadership Training, Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship (FCF), Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals with national recognition. The weekly planning guides will encourage the boys to learn and stay on course for the Gold Medal of Achievement—the highest award a boy can earn.


Expedition Rangers
Representing ninth through twelfth grade boys.

This is considered a high action-packed adventure trail in which the Expedition Ranger is further challenged by advanced camping and camp craft skill opportunities. These extreme activities offer boys in this age group opportunities to become more self-reliant and develop confidence and a greater appreciation of God. Several advancement programs are available including Air Rangers, Sea Rangers, Trail Rangers, Chaplain Rangers, High Action Rangers, and more. Boys will be challenged to service through Home Missions, Foreign Missions, Youth Ministry, Men’s Ministry.

Royal Rangers Emblem 1962 by the national Royal Rangers Department, The General Council of the Assemblies of God; Springfield, Missouri 65802-1894. The Royal Rangers Emblem may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronically, mechanically, photocopies, recording, or otherwise - without prior written permission from the national Royal Rangers Department.