Being a Royal Ranger has meant a lot to me during the time I have been in the program. I have made many friends while in the Royal Ranger program. I have also met some great men of God like our commanders. I have learned many things through the Royal Rangers program. Not only have I learned about camp craft but I have learned a lot through devotionals as well. I have also learned things and skills which may help me in the future. The things we do are fun as well, like trips and games. The Royal Ranger program is fun and it is also a great challenge in every way, shape, and form.
The people I met through the Royal Ranger program became my friends fast. Each one has a different personality. The commanders are a great help as well. Both friends and commanders are there to help you when you need it. There is always someone who you can turn to, either a friend or a commander.
Every Sunday night we have our devotional. Then we help each other with our advancement. Even though the devotions are sometimes short they always seem to find a way of making the point at hand. Sometimes we go over things that may seem totally off the devotional topic. It will usually come back to an important point of the devotional.
I have learned many things that will help me in the future. I have completed the CPR, First Aid, and Safety merits. All these things may help me sometime down the road. There have also been great learning experiences in some of the merits such as the Bible, Astronomy, Bachelor, and Forestry. There were some fun merits to earn like Basketball, Football, Baseball, and Golf. In all, every merit was hard but a great thing to earn.
We plan our trips months in advance. Once we get to where we are camping we set up the campsite. That is always the worst part. Another bad part is being around certain people who have not taken a bath in several days. One of the best trips was the trip we took to South Mountain. We hiked to the campsite and set up camp. I woke up in the morning to find out a raccoon had attacked my backpack. So some friends and commanders had to help me with my little food problem. Then everyone was supposed to race to the top of the first big slope on the mountain. Instead we all misunderstood and raced to the top of the mountain. We got down by sliding down the mountain on our bottoms. Once we got to the base of the mountain and were going back to the campsite some of my buddies fell into the stream. That was the most fun I have ever had on a campout.
The Royal Rangers program is a wonderful program to be a part. I look forward to earning more awards and becoming more involved in the program. I enjoy Rangers very much. I hope that others will enjoy Rangers as much as I have.