Royal Rangers is tremendously valuable to me. It has helped me with school, home, and in my social life.
The Ranger code is valuable to me because it has helped me to stay close to Christ and in his word. Each point helps me with something different; Alert (He is mentally, physically, and spiritually alert.) keeps me attentive and aware of what is around me. Clean (He is clean in body, mind, and speech) helps me to remain physically fit and reminds me of the four letter message or question WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) when ever I am tempted to do something against what the Bible says. Honest (He does not lie, cheat, or steal) lets me stay honest to everyone even if I make a mistake. Courageous (He is brave in spite of danger, criticism, or threats) helps me stay true to Jesus and the Bible when I am confronted with criticism or persecution. Loyal (He is faithful to his church, family, outpost, and friend) keeps me true to my word and my faith in Jesus Christ. Courteous (He is polite, kind, and thoughtful) represents that you have compassion toward other people and shows traits of a true Royal Ranger. Obedient (He obeys his parents, leaders, and those in authority) this shows loyalty to those who are in charge. Finally Spiritual (He prays, reads the Bible, and witnesses) aids me in keeping the Ten Commandments in my everyday life at home, school, or in the church.
The Royal Ranger Pledge (With God’s help, I will do my best to serve God, my church, and my fellowman; to live by the Ranger Code; to make the Golden Rule my daily rule.) is valuable to me because it signifies my pact with Jesus and my fellowman.
The Golden Rule (Mathew 7:12) “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” is of great value because it is not only part of the pledge, it is part of my pact with Jesus.
The commanders of Outpost 34 at Northwoods Assembly are some of the finest people I have had the pleasure of being a student too. Commander Tom Farrara has been my commander and mentor for over eleven years. He has been there since I started the program in February of 1993 and I thank him for all the hard work he has instilled into this program and in me. Without his guidance and from the help Jesus gave me I would not of made it this far.
The trail throughout Royal Rangers has been long and difficult, from Buckaroos, to Pioneers, to Trailblazers, and finally to Challengers, and I know I still have a long road ahead of me as a commander and I am proud to say that I am a Royal Ranger. Even after I receive my Gold Medal of Achievement I am not going to stop working, because the harder I work now the better commander I will become and be able to pass on what was given to me through all the years as a Royal Ranger, and that is knowledge.