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Pow Wow 2021

Pow Wow 2021 is coming up July 15-18. You will not want to miss this event! Boys from across the state will meet with the Lord as they enjoy four days of fun activities.

Activities

.22 Rifle RangeEvening ServicesTwo Man Saw
BB Gun RangeVolley BallFlint and Steel
ArcheryBasketballBlacksmithing
Paint BallSwimming PoolBoard Games
BMX Bike RacingScavenger HuntDarts
Strong Patrol CompetitionNature CraftMovie Night
Ranger DerbyBolo Tie CraftFCF Skit
RC CarsRocket Building CraftSaturday Evening Show
Rocket LaunchingHawk and Knife ThrowingGreat Food
Talent Night SkitsPreaching CompetitionCamping and Hiking
Pow Wow RunFCF VillageWatching Grass Grow
Enjoy the Night SkyVolunteering

Special Guest Speaker

Pastor Zach Thorp is currently serving as Senior Pastor of Norwich Assembly of God. Zach and Daphne have been actively involved in ministry for over 10 years. Zach’s journey began in Royal Rangers in 2006. He achieved his GMA in 2012 and then served as a commander in his outpost. As a first-generation Christian within his family, Zach received the call to ministry as a young teen. He went on to attend the University of Valley Forge where he graduated with Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministry and received his license with the AG in 2017. He was ordained this past May, 2021.

As a young pastor, Zach began his journey serving as a volunteer associate pastor at Christian Assembly of God for about three years. During which time he was working at a local lumber yard and working towards his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Zach and Daphne transitioned to Asbury Church where Zach led in various roles. During this time, he graduated from Crown College with his Masters in 2019. Today, Zach and Daphne serve as the campus pastors of City Church Norwich. Zach and Daphne have a passion to see individuals come to know Jesus through His love and grace.
Zach and Daphne were married in 2017. They have a two-year-old son, Gideon, and are patiently awaiting the arrival of their second son, Oliver. Zach loves to do random activities with family; go on hikes, work on puzzles, and drink coffee.


More Information

Stay tuned to this webpage. As we get more information, we will be making updates here.

Registration and Information

Registration Schedule and Fees:
$125/person preregisration by July 1st
$135/person late preregistration after July 1st
$145/person at the door

Unchartered groups will pay an additional 15%. If you need to charter, you can do so here.

The Registration and Information Packet includes the pre-registration form, final registration form, and permission forms.

For Adults attending Pow Wow, please make sure your staff applications are up-to-date. These can be found on our Keeping Our Boys Safe page.

Resources

2021 Spring Trace

May 14-16, 2021
Royal Rangers Camp
Greene, NY

All are Welcome!

FCF Members, RR Leaders, Royal Rangers, Guests / Friends, Pastors and Parents
We especially invite men and boys from other churches who do not have a Royal Rangers ministry

Come share with us the warmth and glow of the campfire as we praise and worship our almighty God in the majesty of the great outdoors.

There will be many activities for everyone.
This event gives us the opportunity to connect and fellowship.
While at the same time also have some fun experiencing the 1700’s frontier life style.
BUT, MOST IMPORTANT,
the Holy Spirit will be present, as ALL will be blessed.


2021 Spring Memorandum

To all FCF Adirondack Chapter members and Royal Rangers Leaders,

This notice comes as an ANNOUNCEMENT, a REMINDER, an UPDATE, and as a FOLLOW-UP to previous event memos and newsletters.

ADIRONDACK CHAPTER

Chapter Recognitions (National & Regional)
This year at the 2021 LEAD Conference the chapter was recognized for a Three (3) Star rating. ⭐⭐⭐
Although this breaks a 13 year streak, with the circumstances of a pandemic year, this rating was excellent and considered a top rating. Nevertheless, you may find this as a great surprise, or not, but I am pleased to inform once again (x7), to all FCF members, RR leaders and Royal Rangers, that the Adirondack Chapter has earned the NER / Colonials Territory, Eagle Award as the top chapter. These recognition’s continues to serve as a measure of our commitment to “give and to serve” toward the work of the Lord’s kingdom….“Great Job”!

Administrative
Previously announced and posted last August 2020 on the RR NYMN website are the various documents that detail significant organizational matters and updates to the Chapter with regard to Policies & Guidelines, Membership Records and Event Organizing. I hope that members have taken the time to review the same, as much of the information effects all members. Based on current membership stats and member record reporting, it is evident that many still require attention to this matter. Starting with the new 2021/22 Ranger year, record keeping of member activity commenced whereby tracking individual ‘Membership Standings’. Let’s be mindful as Christian servants, take our membership and ‘Motto’ seriously, as we go about the Lord’s work. He expects nothing less, nor excepts anything less from each of us.

The following documents can be viewed on the NYRR website:

Staff
Although we continue to pray for members to come forward to serve within the Chapter to fill various open positions, God is good, remains in control and meets our needs. As such, we there has been a few changes and adjustments to our staff. I am most pleased to announce that Joseph “Papa Wolf” Otero is the new Chapter Scribe. An important position to serving the Chapter. Joe will continue to also remain as the ‘Storekeeper’ but will further utilize his personal expertise and talents to serve in his ne role as Chapter Scribe.

The following document can be viewed on the NYRR website:

Missions
Pathfinder missions efforts and opportunities were in the process for everyone to get involved, including FCF and non-FCF leaders and boys, as well as, non-Royal Rangers. Unfortunately the current situation with the Pandemic has halted all efforts. However, we eagerly look forward with great expectation as we see what God has for us and how we can serve Him in this capacity as we continue to remain missions minded and plan future missions endeavors. Remember to also keep track of your ‘Trackers Brigade’ service hours.

National Updates
Last year National FCF unveiled new updated Membership & Advancements guidelines for boys. The revised criterion is merit skills based, as well as, stepping back the advancement level minimum requirements for the other advancement levels These modifications will allow greater opportunity and encourage more boys in becoming members of FCF. An important processes in the mentoring of these young lives.

Membership and Advancement Requirements:

Frontiersman – Contact your Advancement Representative and in a timely manner and submit a ‘Membership
Application’. Complete the following requirements:
Boys Only
Earn the following required skill merits:
1) Camping and 2) First Aid Skills or First Aid/CPR
3) Graduate of the fifth grade. (Date of your 11th birthday)
4) Be an active member of your local chartered outpost
Leaders Only
• Complete the Ready and Safety Levels of the OLAL- Provide a copy of your Ready and
Safety certificates with this application.
• Be an active member of your local Chartered Outpost.
• Be presently a member in good standing in your church.
Boys and Leaders
5) Complete a Frontier Adventure.
Buckskin – AR Bronze / ER E1 Merits:12 listed trade related merits i.e. hide tanning, leather, etc.
Wilderness – AR Silver / ER E2 Merits: Black Powder Safety or Archery; and Wilderness Survival

Spring Trace

Everyone is invited to come.

We cannot emphasized enough and encourage you to make the effort to join with us. This includes Royal Rangers, guests, pastors and leaders. This event not only gives us the opportunity to connect and fellowship with others, it gives Rangers, their friends, leaders and your pastors the exposure to be introduced to Royal Rangers and FCF, experience a 1700’s frontier life style. Witness village displays, demonstrations, featured activities, competitions and open trading. Just come to relax in a casual atmosphere, let the boys have fun, but, most of all, meet up with the Holy Spirit. You will be blessed at our evening council fires fellowship & worship.

Modern camping technology is welcome.

Designated camping areas adjacent to the FCF Village will be coordinated. This will allow FCF members and their Outposts to stay together with fellow Outpost FCF members (without period equipment), non-members and guests to be and feel part of the event festivities. Enjoy the fun and challenges of camping. Demonstrate and teach camping skills to your boys. All campers and FCF members alike will setup model campsites and plan & prepare their own meals.

Welcome Parents!
We have been informed that parents transporting their boys will be coming to the event. They too are welcome to stay for the weekend as well and join with their church outposts. As such, the event fee will only be $5 and all they need to do is comply with the event registration for a “Guest”

The following documents can be viewed and downloaded on the NYRR website:

Spring Trace we will be offering all three (3) experiences. If you are seeking advancement to become an FCF member or move up to the next advancement level, you must act quickly to reach out to the respective Advancement Representative. Check the NYRR website NYRoyalRangers.org for details with regard to contact information for your respective representative, advancement applications, applicable fees and the deadlines for submitting the same.

Fall Trace packet with further event details, registration forms and itineraries has been posted on the RR Network website NYRoyalRangers.org

Take further notice, that in light of the pandemic circumstances and being sensitive to individual’s continued personal concerns, the ‘Event Itinerary’ will contain activities, however, to be prudent for safety reasons, we will still exercise, monitor and conduct certain safety protocols. It has been decided not to over plan, but maintain a lighter and safer more open schedule. Our intentions are simply to provide an atmosphere of relaxation to enjoy being outdoors.

Chapter Scout & Jr. Field Advisor

Please take further notice that we will be announcing our new Chapter Scout and Jr. Field Advisor. They will serve through till fall of 2022.

Young Bucks are encourage to review the criterion and seek advisement from the Scout Representative if you are considering applying to serve the Chapter in these honorable roles.

We are now accepting applications for the position up until the Summit. Interviews will be conducted in person at the event or special arrangements can be made via on-line if necessary.

Contact Brian “Patches” Miller, Colonials Territorial Representative, (631) 234-3756 to inform him of your interest to serve and to receive further information, guidance and instruction, as well as, to answer any questions you may have.

These applications can be downloaded by going to nationalfcf.com under Home page, select tab for “FCF Forms”

Please feel free to use the new FCF email address to communicate to us FCF@NYRoyalRangers.org

I look forward to seeing many of you taking steps to grow through advancement in FCF.

Summit 2021

Summit is going to be happening April 16-17, 2021 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.

Register Now

Downloadable Info Sheet


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

Holiday Inn Binghamton
2-4 Hawley St
Binghamton, NY 13901


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 Foundations

Ranger Foundations is an a combined online & hands-on classroom experience that teaches new leaders the foundational principles of how to run successful outpost meetings, how to use & access the Royal Rangers curriculum and advancement system, program structure, uniforms, and much more.

NOTE: Must complete on-line Sessions 1-8 before receiving credit for the Classroom Course (Sessions 9-15) – 3 hr. course held in Saturday Morning Session

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 Seminar

Information TBA

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.
Cost: $45.00

NRA-NMLRA Instructor Muzzleloading

This course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching the NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Shooting course.

Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills. Candidates must complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background by passing a pre-course qualification.
Description: Course is presented in two parts: basic Instructor training, and discipline specific instructor training. Instructor candidates demonstrate organizational and teaching skills by participating in multiple practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination.
Cost: $150.00

Under Construction – Blowing Up Your Strongholds!

Pastor Tom Sember will be sharing about the struggle of walking by the Spirit vs walking by the flesh.


Schedule

Friday

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm – WCO Registration
4:00 pm – 6:45 pm – Summit Registration
4:30 pm – World Class Outpost opening
6:00 pm – Summit Dinner and Assembly 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


Event Safety

We are asking all attendees to take part in our safety precautions during the event.

  • Do not attend if you are not feeling well.
  • Please check your temperature upon entry. If you have a temperature over 100F, you should not be attending.
  • Please use 6 foot social distancing guidelines.
  • Masks indoors are required when 6 foot social distancing is not possible.
  • During food service, please let the staff assist you.
  • Consider your traveling arrangements. You may wish to travel individually or in families if possible.

Resources

Downloadable Info Sheet

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.

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