Royal Rangers has been a valuable asset to my life because I learned how to set goals and follow through with them. I learned how to develop discipline, by completing the requirements, when working in my Trailblazer Handbook and Leaders Manual.
My three most important requirements that I have benefited from are CPR, Wilderness Survival, and Camping. CPR has helped many people in saving lives. I know how to help people in saving lives. I know how to help people who are having a heart attack or choking. I can keep the blood pumping and breathe oxygen into their lungs. I hope that no one would ever need CPR, but I would be able to help them. CPR is a lesson I learned that is simple yet if done correctly, it could save a life.
Wilderness Survival was a very memorable experience. We were required to sleep one night in a native shelter. I was doing fine at night, but I was frozen in the morning. I learned how to make a shelter for myself to stay out of the weather. The memories I have in Wilderness Survival were fun, and I learned how to keep myself alive if I ever got lost in the wilderness.
I learned many safety tips when I was working on my Camping Award. One of the most important lessons I learned was keeping the campsite clean and sanitary. Washing the dishes properly can keep someone from getting food poisoning. The best part of camping was learning how to build and light the different campfires. My favorite way of lighting a fire is with flint and steel.
I believe the Royal Ranger program will help build character in a Rangers life. The points of the Ranger Code will help them with their character. Being alert, clean, honest, courageous, loyal, courteous, obedient, and spiritual. A Ranger can learn how to properly handle a knife and ax so he doesn’t hurt himself or anyone else. A Ranger learns what to do when he gets lost. He remains calm and does not wander around. He will help himself, and the people who are looking for him, by staying in one place. In the Pioneers and Trailblazers a Ranger learns about basic first aid. He knows what to do for broken bones, puncture wounds, and shock. Not only would the Ranger use this information on a campout, but he could also use it in the home and at school.
As a future commander for the Royal Rangers, I will have the privilege of passing on the values I have learned to them. I hope one day I will see some of them become candidates for the Gold Medal of Achievement.