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JLDA 2021

Junior Leadership Development Academy 2021 will be July 12-15. JLDA is an awesome experience where young men grow and develop their leadership skills. More information about this year’s JLDA can be found in the Summer Camps Packet.


Ranger Training Camp (RTC) is a district leadership training event for boys who have graduated the 4th grade but not yet in the 7th grade. RTC prepares boys to serve as junior leaders in a boy-led, adult-facilitated outpost. RTC can be offered in a camping, retreat center, or church venue.

Merit Camp is for any boy who has graduated 4th grade, but not yet in 7th. This year we are planning to cover the following 5 skill merits: Cooking, Wildlife, Air Gun Safety, Rope Craft, and Fire Craft.

Junior Training Camp is a district training event for boys who completed 6th grade or above. JTC focuses on leadership development in the local patrol and group. JTC can be offered in a camping, retreat center, or church venue. JTC is a required event for the Trial of the Saber Award.

Advanced Junior Training Camp is a district event for boys who have completed 7th grade or above. AJTC focuses on leadership development by serving in group and church leadership roles for young men. AJTC can be offered in a camping, retreat center, or church venue. AJTC is a required event for the Trail of the Saber Award.

Shooting Sports Action Camp is designed to give boys (who have completed the 8th grade or above), leaders and dads is designed for those who wish to learn about shooting sports. You will learn basic shooting and firearm safety. Much of the instruction is based on the Green Air Rifle merit and the silver, Smallbore Rifle, and Trap Shooting merits. Archery and black power training will not be covered. You will also learn the process for participating in the Royal Ranger Postal Shooting Events. The camp is also open adult men leaders and dads.

Survival Action Camp is designed to give boys (who have completed the 8th grade or above), leaders and dads is designed to give training and experience in survival in the backcountry. Much of the instruction is based on the requirements from the silver Wilderness Survival merit. The time will be divided between instruction and application. You will learn skills, such as advanced fire craft, primitive beds and shelters, how to find food and water, outdoor cooking, and first aid. Teams will construct and live in survival shelters. This is also a great opportunity to draw closer to God and grow spiritually.

Junior Academy is designed to prepare men and young men to serve as leaders/instructors at RTC, JTC, AJTC, Action Camps, and further equip them for service in the local outpost and the local church. JA has a strong focus on mentoring and staff training. JA is a two-stage process.


Registration for any of the JLDA camps can be completed online. Click here to register.


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.


.22 Rifle RangeEvening ServicesTwo Man Saw
BB Gun RangeVolley BallFlint and Steel
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.


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.
the Holy Spirit will be present, as ALL will be blessed.

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.

Before Pictures

Contact the Missions Coordinator

Metro Division 2019 Training


A hands-on experience that teaches how to run successful outpost meetings, how to use the Rangers curriculum & advancement system, & how to build healthy relationships with boys & young men. You will also learn soul-winning techniques for evangelism.

Ranger Basics 

On October 19, 2019 at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle in Smithtown NY beginning at 8AM Download Application below

The cost will be $35 for a chartered leader and 15% more for an non chartered leader.

The new Leaders Manual “Inspire the Journey” is necessary for this course

Participation in all sessions is required to receive a completion certificate.

How to Dress
Active Royal Ranger Leaders wear either the Utility Uniform or the Dress Uniform. Potential Leaders may wear casual clothing. Instructors are to wear the new Utility Uniform

Communication and Address

Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle
Address: 1 Higbie Drive
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: ((631) 265-2485

Directions to Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle

DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST• Northern State Parkway East:
To Last Exit onto Rt. 454/347 East. Follow Sign to Rt. 347 (Port Jefferson). At Second Light turn Left onto Brooksite Drive. At Third Stop Sign turn left on Higbie Drive. Follow Road into SGT Parking Lot 
DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST• Long Island Expressway East:
To Exit 56. At Service Road Light turn Left onto Rt. 111. At Second Light turn Left onto Rt. 454. At First Light turn right onto Rt. 347. At First Light turn Left onto Brooksite Drive. At Third Stop Sign turn left on Higbie Drive. Follow Road into SGT Parking Lot 

DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST• Long Island Expressway West:
To Exit 57. At Service Road Light turn Right onto Rt. 454. At Fifth Light turn right onto Rt. 347. At First Light turn Left onto Brooksite Drive. At Third Stop Sign turn left on Higbie Drive. Follow Road into SGT Parking Lot.

Download the application here.

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


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.


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.


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.


  • .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.