Re: Royal Rangers
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Sat, 24 Jul 1993 02:53:10 +0100
> You might note from the above that our program appears weak for the age 14-17
> boys, which is where the Boy Scouts really shine. However:
> 1. The real purpose of Royal Rangers is to give the boys the Christian
> foundation for living the rest of their life. If we've done our job, this
> will have happened by age 14.
I am not sure. Of course we live in really different realities, and we
work in different ways, but given the fallibility of human beings
(leaders first of all!) I have seen many "near perfect" scouts change
radically at around 18-20, for the worse, while "lukewarm" scouts
could grow in their following the Scout Law if they spent some years
as Rovers. Again, maybe you have other programs in your churches which
make up for this, but the scouting environment is too good not to use
it. Also, at the age of 14 a boy won't have had his first doubts
which are essential to eventually building his faith on solid
foundations!), and that is one of the moments in which scouting can
help the most. Especially since Scouting gives its messages thru
laymen and not just thru the clergy (people refusing the clergy as a
whole is a big problem here in Italy).
> 2. There's the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship. It's open to both teenage
> boys and men, tough to get into, and lets you stretch as far as you care
Is it just outdoors activities, or there is an educational framework
BTW, some other questions.
Why are they called RR?
Are they you open to girls, or there is a parallel program for them?
Do you belong to WOSM?
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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