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Post by Vle045 on July 3rd 2013, 5:12 pm

Hello!  There are two Royal Ranger groups in my area.  Neither of them are my "home church".  Any tips on choosing the right one?  I've emailed both.

Church A emailed me back right away and answered all questions.  They have a fun night coming up in August we could check out.  This one meets 7:00 on Wednesday nights.

Church B is on a summer break.  They took a few days to get back to me, but it appears it was forwarded through the church to get to the exact right person first.  The reply went above and beyond answering questions.  $25 to join.  Includes book, t shirt and vest.  Meets on Sunday night at 6:00.  They start back up in September.  

I'm thinking we should check them both out...   But not sure what exactly to look for and consider before choosing one.

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Post by Phillip Gross on July 3rd 2013, 5:37 pm

Lots of things to consider there! I agree that checking both out might be a good idea. Before we started our outpost I visited a few different outposts to see how they did things. I quickly found things I liked and disliked at the different outposts.

I think if I'd been trying to find one to attend it would've been fairly simple. While I didn't find a "perfect" one (because they don't exist), I did find one that I really liked. We pulled a lot from that one when we started ours.
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Post by ccm2361 on July 3rd 2013, 6:10 pm

I will 2nd that. Shop around & see what you like & dislike.Smile 

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Post by Vle045 on July 3rd 2013, 8:44 pm

I have to admit, I am leaning toward Church B. I like the day/time and they are a little closer to my house. Although neither are very far. I guess it will come down to whether it looked good on paper but falls apart in person. ;-)

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Post by Phillip Gross on July 3rd 2013, 9:27 pm

Yes, lots of things look better on paper than in reality. A lot will most likely come down to the commanders. Who your son gravitates towards more, etc.
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Post by red squirrel on July 5th 2013, 9:28 am

Howdy!

Some prayer needed first and foremost! But, assuming you are already doing that . . .

Some questions you need to ask. You might check out the older lads in each church. Where are the RR lads ages 12-18? Are they there and active? If not, why not?

Does "youth group" meet at the same time as RR? Do the two ministries compete with one another?

Talk to each pastor. Are they supportive of the RR ministry?

Talk to each outpost coordinator. Ask them how they run their outpost and if they are based around things you and your son are like. Meaning, do they camp.
Now, camping might not be a major draw yet for you and your son, but it is something that is very appealing to a lot of lads, even if they dont camp much, or any. It is still a draw for them.

Talk to a few fathers in each church who have sons in RR.

This is a starter. Prayer of course is primary.

Hope this helps.
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Post by RRCmdrBennett on July 5th 2013, 10:16 am

Yes speak to the pastor about Royal Rangers. See what his response is.

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Post by strods on July 5th 2013, 11:08 am

If they don't camp ask what the do do. You are looking for somethinge more than just Wed night. That become Sunday school part 2 easily. Whatever they do ask how often. I knew a scout troop that only camped 1 a year. But they still said they camped

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Post by Vle045 on July 5th 2013, 11:43 am

Thanks for all the tips! Will it be a big hindrance for him if his dad is unable to go to many events? (I know it's basically a "guy thing"). My hubby works second shift, so it's just me who takes him to any after school activities.

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Post by red squirrel on July 5th 2013, 11:47 am

Howdy!

Not really. I grew up in RR from the age of 4 to 18, and my dad only went to a few outings because of work schedules and such. It can help, especially when a Ranger Kid. But after that, there are a lot of boys who's fathers dont actually attend events.

Fathers participation is always encouraged, as it should be. But sometimes thats not always possible.
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Post by strods on July 5th 2013, 4:11 pm

Shouldn't be a prob at all. Many single mom's plug son's to gain a male role modle. Your's is around just working, so much the better.

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