Tue, 20 Jul 1993 09:41:00 EST
First of all, thanks for the warm welcome. This is not only my first
experience with SCOUTS-L but with the network as well. I'm not even
sure which smiley faces :) to use! I will be sending some specific
replies to those of you who requested (Paul, Kathie..please bear with me)
but I'm happy to introduce Royal Rangers to many of you.
Royal Rangers is (are, for those of you in the UK) the official boy's
program of the Assemblies of God, headquartered in Springfield Missouri.
Yes, Ed, we do have a very specific "religious" agenda - that is the main
reason Royal Rangers exisits. But I did not subscribe to SCOUTS-L to
promote those beliefs (I would be more than willing to do so "offline") but
rather to explore our similarities - building leadership in boys (and in
some countries, girls).
Royal Rangers was founded by the AG in 1962 with Johnnie Barnes as our
National Commander. Upon Johnnie's death in 1990, Ken Hunt became our
National Commander. The United States is divided up into 8 regions and
about 50 districts each with a corresponding Regional and District Staff.
A district (mine is Southern New England) may cover several states or a
portion of a state. Districts are further divided into sections. Each section
is made up of the local outposts (your troop). Within the outposts are age
groups (Straight Arrows 5-6 years old), Buckaroos (7-8), Pioneers (9-11),
Trailblazers (12-14), and Air-Sea-Trail Rangers (15-17). There is a Senior
Commander over the entire collection of age groups (scout master?), with
each age group having Commanders, Lt. Commanders, Junior Cmdrs, Patrol Guides
Don't want to take up too much more space..hope this helps a little. Looking
forwared to more opps to comapre notes.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City