Re: Rangers explained
Mon, 26 Jul 1993 08:55:00 EST
[regarding Royal Rangers]
What happens to youth after 17?
Do you have a program for them too?
>BTW, I am a scouter from Italy (my association is AGESCI, Italian
>Catholic Scout and Guide Association).
Gino, and anyone else interested....
I've read your recent messages with great interest. Allow me to try to answer
of few of the questions raised. Ed Barnard (also a Royal Ranger leader), please
add to or correct anything I say>
Although our program cover the ages 5 through 17 (we do actually have a boys &
girls combined group for 3 and 4 year olds called Rainbows), our largest groups
are the Buckaroos (ages 7&8) and the Pioneers (ages 9 through 11). The older
groups (Trailblazers 12-14) and Air-Sea-Trail Rangers (15-17) are perhaps one-
third of the total Royal Ranger population. This raises a question that I
would like to "throw out" TO SCOUTS-L, what do you do to attract and keep the
older boys interested and active in scouting.
In any case, after 17, those boys who have stayed with the program can become
Junior Commanders. If the local Commanders have been doing their job, the boy
should be well on his way toward a leadership position by the time he is 17.
Many of our older boys attain the Gold Medal of Achievement (which Ed explained
as roughly equivalent to Eagle Scout).
We also offer the Frontier Camping Fellowship (roughly equivalent to the Order
of the Arrow). In FCF, older boys and men learn primitive camping skills and
adopt a time period for their outfit ("costume"). I am an FCF member and I
dress and attempt to camp in the pre-Revolutionary War time period (this being
VERY appropriate to New England). The FCF continues to teach spiritually, and
provides exellent fellowship. It's main purposes are to provide that extra
level of interest and excitement beyong the regular RR program, as well as to
be a service arm to RR. Members earn points for doing Christian service
outside the "normal" activites of the church.
RR in the United States does not endorse girls the program. In fact, women
serve as leaders only in the Straight Arrow and Buckarro programs. Yes,
different cultures, different realities, as you put it. There are countries
with RR programs (Australia for example) that do have integrated programs
(programmes ?) that work quite well. Perhaps we, like the US BSA, feel that
the program provides a place were a boy can develop a part of his life free
from social pressures. I don't exactly know...what do you all think?
The Assemblies of God does offer a parallel program for girls, Missionettes.
My daughter is a Missionette and thinks, at least some of the time, that
Royal Rangers have more fun. ANother story for another time.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City