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Be Encouraged!!!

I moved my house plants into the sun room and they are flourishing… move yourself into the Son room… the Bible.

I hope that this bulletin finds you enjoying a close walk with the Lord. It certainly is a privilege to be a Royal Ranger leader and have the opportunity to help shape lives. What an awesome responsibility. Lets all be sure that we are equipped to do it right!!

Last week the executive staff and I drove out to Dayton, Ohio to the National Royal Rangers Lead Conference. The teaching of our assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Rick DuBose encouraged me. Pastor Rick made a few very important points as he discussed the results of a Barna Group Survey concerning Bible engagement.

  • A definite correlation in the level of Bible engagement of a person and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The more Bible-engaged a person is – the more likely they are to experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  • It is obvious that higher levels of Bible engagement lead to greater display of the gifts of the Spirit in an individuals life.
  • Bible engagement will produce an appetite for resources surrounding Bible study.

Consistent Bible engagement will have a positive effect on your daily walk with the Lord, your desire to draw closer to Him and spread His gospel message through godly example and other avenues of mentoring. Do you want to see God working in your life, your family, your church and your ministry? “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…” – Matthew 6:33

Steve Monez is the director of the NY Royal Rangers.

Training and Resource Summit Rescheduled

You may have heard the recent warnings and announcement that restricts gatherings of groups over 50 people. As we are getting closer to the Summit and WCO, we realize that the current state of health concerns over the COVID-19 will impact our event. With this in mind, we find it necessary that we reschedule both Summit and WCO for a later date (TBA). We care greatly for your health and those within your ministry and community.

If you have already registered and paid for Summit, you can contact Ed Hazard (rangered.ed@gmail.com) to discuss options. We will honor your request if you would like to be refunded, but we will also offer to transfer your registration fee to the Summit happening at the later date.

If you registered for WCO through the national office, you will need to submit a written request to rrtraining@ag.org.

Additionally we want to urge you at this time to be open to how your church and pastor are asking you to proceed with your outpost meetings. As Royal Rangers, God calls us to be “Ready for Anything.” A situation like this sometimes needs a lot of patience, understanding and maybe a bit of creativity to do things differently. During this time we want to encourage you to continue being a Godly role-model and mentor to the boys in your ministry. Sometimes just being strong and standing firm during a trial can be an excellent example. Also, be sure to share hope. Give an encouraging phone call, text, or message if you can’t meet face to face. Your boys (and their parents) can use hope. But most importantly, pray.

2020 Canoe Action Camp

Canoe Action Camp will be happening May 29 – 31, 2020. We’re going to be on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal again. If you have never taken a canoe trip, this camp is going to be an adventure that you won’t forget. Once you experience this, you’ll be prepared to undertake any canoe adventure.


Registration

The CAC Packet will have all of the information and permission forms you need to get started.

Once you review the packet, you can register online.

Early registration by 4/28/2020 is $100
Standard registration until 5/17/2020 is $115
Late registration after 5/17/2020 is $130. Any registrations after 5/22/2020 will need special approval.

Summit 2020

Due to current concerns around the COVID-19 situation, Summit 2020 & WCO will be rescheduled. The following details are subject to change.

Summit is going to be happening April 17-18 in Binghamton, NY. We’re looking forward to seeing you there for a time of building each other up and refining our skills as ranger leaders.


Venue

We will be meeting at

City Church
255 Washington Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Click here for directions


Hotel Info

We have a block of rooms available at the Holiday Inn Binghamton available at $109/night. Call as soon as possible in order to reserve your room. (607) 722-1212


Available Seminars

World Class Outpost

The World Class Outpost (WCO) seminar is designed to expose your outpost leadership team to a successful set of practices, methods, strategies, and tools that will enable them to develop into a “World Class Outpost”. The greatest benefit of this event is achieved when the outpost/church leadership attend and complete this event together as a team. This seminar is a national seminar and requires a separate online registration. Visit the National Training page to register.

Ranger Basics

Ranger Basics is a hands-on experience that teaches how to run successful outpost meetings, how to use the Royal Rangers curriculum and advancement system, and how to build healthy relationships with boys and young men. You also learn soul-winning techniques for evangelism.

Leadership Merit 204

Leadership Merit 204 is available for young men to improve their leadership skills. This leadership merit focuses on building social, equipping, attitude, leadership, and servant skills. *one leader from the boys outpost must be available to help teach a portion of the merit.

Healthy Living

Whether you’re hoping to get stronger, lose weight, or lower your odds of disease or all of the above you ought to take a moment to establish your baseline. You won’t be able to track your progress unless you know where you’re starting from. Learn simple changes to the way to eat and the way you live will go a long way toward leading an overall healthy lifestyle.

Pathfinder Fundraising

Learn about Pathfinders, who they are, what they do, and how you can help. Missions is the heart of God, and this will help your outpost develop that same heart too.

First Aid / CPR

The First Aid and CPR seminar is an instructor led interactive course that teaches critical skills that will help you to manage an emergency situation until emergency medical services arrive. This certification is required in order to complete the Safety level of the Outpost Leaders Advancement track.


Registration

For people attending WCO only, we are charging $40 for the cost of meals.
WCO registration through the national office is $50 until March 13. After that the price increases to $60

Summit registration is $55 until March 31. After that the price is $65.
*Non-chartered attendees will incur a 15% increase.

Online registration is available. To get started, visit the registration page here.
To register for the WCO meals only, fill out the form and when you enter your birth date the option will appear.


Schedule

Friday

4 pm – 6:45 pm – Registration
5:45 pm – World Class Outpost opening
7:00 pm – Summit Seminars begin

Saturday

6:45 am – Breakfast
7:30 am – Opening Assembly
8:30 am – Seminars continue
12:00 pm – Recognition Luncheon
2:15 pm – Seminars continue
5:00 pm – Dismissal

Operation FGA

Are you interested in serving on a short-term missions project? We are offering a missions opportunity for April 22 – May 2. This opportunity is a constructions missions trip for men and young men to fully restore a pastor’s house. See the flyer for more information.

Give Online

Give online here. Be sure to select Pathfinder Operation Fund.

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Contact the Missions Coordinator

Camp Work Weekend

Camp Improvement Projects

We’re going to be working at the camp June 6-9. We have a lot that will be going on. We need adult assistance to make these improvements to our camp. The more people that can get involved the quicker we can get things up and running. There are a number of projects going on this weekend. This is our camp and it’s a beautiful place to spend time with God.

Please contact John Gingerich if you can help!

Proposed Camp Development

Roadwork

We have a great road that extends from County Rd 9 all the way up to the top of the hill. We’re looking at extending this road around the camp. Take a look at the picture to see what the plan is. The heavy white line is where we expect to build. This will extend the road from the end of the field, around the camp south to near County Rd 9, back across to the RV pad area, and also create a street through the FCF Village.

Building Plans

We also hope to build a couple of additional buildings in the future. We’re looking at an office building near the entrance, and also a multi-use building as well.

Finances

We need your help in the area of finances. Everything we plan to do will take both time and money. Having the money on hand to complete a building project when it’s needed can often be a difficult thing. If the Lord has placed it on your heart to give to the camp – and to see more boys connecting with God, please consider taking this opportunity to make a love offering. For more information on how to give, please see our giving page.

Prayer

Please keep all of our camp team in prayer. A lot of hard work and time goes into building a camp like this. It’s a labor of love and our team has sacrificially given of their time and talents to the Lord.

Pow Wow 2019

Get ready for the greatest event of the year!

Pow Wow is July 25-28, 2019. Expect this year to be the best camp yet! We’ve got so much going on that you’re not going to want to miss it.

Events

  • .22 Rifle Range
  • BB Gun Range
  • Archery
  • Paint Ball
  • BMX Bike Racing
  • Strong Patrol Competition
  • Ranger Derby
  • R/C Cars
  • Model Rocket Launching
  • Talent Night Skits
  • Pow Wow Run
  • Evening Services
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Swimming Pool
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Nature Craft
  • Bolo Tie Craft
  • Rocket Building Craft
  • Hawk and Knife Throwing
  • Preaching Competition
  • FCF Village
  • Two man saw
  • Flint and steel
  • Blacksmithing
  • Board Games
  • Darts
  • Movie Night
  • FCF Skit
  • Saturday Evening Show
  • Great Food
  • Camping and Hiking

Special Guest Speaker

Pastor Jay Risner

Jay and Debbie Risner have been actively involved in children’s ministries for over 20 years. Jay served in the professional entertainment industry in the late seventies. In 1980, Jay and Debbie took what they had taught and produced in the secular entertainment world and went into full time ministry using their gifts and talents for the Lord.

Jay was the children’s pastor at James River Assembly, a church of over ten thousand and Timberline Church, with an attendance of over six thousand. Jay was also a children’s pastor for ten years in California before heading to the Mission Field (Africa) in 1990, as the coordinator of Children’s Ministries for East Africa. In 1993, while in Kenya, he performed and produced a children’s TV show, “Rainbow Surprise,” that is reaching today over twenty-two million people each week. Jay currently oversees full production of the show.

Today Jay and Debbie work as “Children’s Ministries Specialist International” for the Assemblies of God World Missions. They travel across the world, training children’s pastors and workers, performing in schools, ministering in large-scale kid’s crusades, and developing Children’s Ministries in many nations. Jay is a very gifted communicator not only to children, but to adults as well.

More information to come

As we get more information we will be keeping this page updated. Be sure to bookmark it!

Registration and Information

Registration Schedule and fees:
$110/person by July 1
$120/person by July 8
$130/person by July 15
$140/person after July 15

Unchartered groups will pay an additional 15%. If you need to charter, you can do so here.
Boys who have attended JLDA Summer Camps before Pow Wow get a $20 discount. (Applications coming soon)

Online Pre-Registration is available!

Online final registration is available as well. Please be sure to pre-register first so that you can take advantage of the discounts.

2019 Spring Trace

Spring is here and so is the FCF Spring Trace! It’s happening May 17-19. This is a great time to get together with all the boys and men of your outpost and experience the wonder and thrill of camping. Our Spring Trace is themed in the colonial era and there are a lot of activities to see and take part in.

You don’t have to be a member of FCF to attend the Trace (you can even bring your modern camping equipment). As a matter of fact if you are looking to join FCF, you can do so here. If you are a member of FCF, there are also opportunities for advancement that you can take advantage of here.

For more information, download the Spring Trace Registration Packet.