At the Trenton Rotary Club meeting, Cale Gondringer and Kasey Bailey presented the program about the Royal Rangers youth group of First Assembly of God Church in Trenton.
Rotarian Steve Taylor, who accompanied the leaders and boys, introduced the guests. Royal Rangers meet on Wednesday nights at 7 o’clock at the church. Boys and adult leaders average 45 to 50 at the meetings. The program is an activity-based small group church ministry to encourage boys and young men in their walk with God. The local group is known as Outpost Seven of the Royal Rangers.
The presentation began with five boys voicing the Royal Rangers code.
The organization is described as providing a mentoring ministry for future men –providing Christ-like formation and servant leadership development for any of the boys from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. Bailey noted many attributes of Royal Rangers are similar to the Boy Scouts of America – only with more spiritual emphasis. He described the core attributes of Royal Rangers including evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and achievement. Gondringer told about the fifth core value which is service.
Activities for the boys include campouts, pow wows, a pinewood derby, sports, among others. The boys are encouraged to set their own goals as they progress through various stages of the program. Emphasis also is placed on friendships, teamwork, leadership, discipleship, interactive learning, community service and outreach.
Gondringer said the main fund raising activity that financially supports Royal Rangers is the flag program. At a cost of 40 dollars for a year, participating businesses can have the Royal Rangers put out a U-S flag for display on eight holidays of the year.