The Royal Ranger program is a course that aids boys and young men in becoming what a true man should be: a Christian. The program has one central focus, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. The program assists, teaches, and councils young men on how to develop an intimate and meaningful relationship with God.
The Royal Rangers program was initiated by Reverend Johnnie Barnes. This pastor moved to Springfield, Missouri (the denomination’s central location) with the intention to develop a program for young men. He was obviously successful. Reverend Charles W. H. Scott developed and suggested the name for the program to be "Royal Rangers".
All people attempt to reach a point in their lives that has been coined as self-actualization by Doctor Abraham Maslow, a renowned psychologist on human desires and needs. While this is a worldly view on life’s goals it is actually true. People desire to reach that place where they are art peace and they have no fears or torments. The problem with Doctor Maslow’s analysis is that he states that the solution to this problem is achieving a list of established goals set in a person’s life. The truth to the matter is that self-actualization is only achieved through the lord Jesus Christ. He is "the way, the truth, and the life". To live in Christ is the only way that people can truly live in life.
The sad part of the story is that many people do not know of this truth. Often when they hear it they frequently do not accept the authenticity of the Gospel. These people have often been engrained throughout their life into the mindset by people such as Doctor Maslow, that in order to reach self-actualization they must achieve it through works ("For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God:, Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9 KJV). This is what they believe. In order to change they must either be shown or they must first be taught the truth. This is exactly what the Royal Rangers program does. It sets the example for the older boys while establishing a basis for the younger ones.
When correctly administered, the program tactfully presents these principles with pleasurable activities and teachings of nature skills, life skills, and other boyhood activities. The program has advancements, which are divided into four ways of teaching. These four ways are the four classifications of ways a boy grows. They are mental, physical, spiritual, and social growth. Each of these tenets has divisions of requirements that encompass their purpose, which is to tactfully incorporate God into a boy’s life and then into the child’s realm as a friend and savior. This is done in a way that any young person could and would be excited about participating. Children, who may not have ever heard the Gospel, are able to enter a Royal Rangers classroom and receive it along with pleasurable activities. These activities are aides in planting the seed that leads to an eternal relationship with God.