1962

Royal Rangers is Established

In January, Rev. Johnnie Barnes, the Assemblies of God youth director from the North Texas district, is invited by the Executive Presbytery to birth a new ministry for boys and young men. Rev. Charles Scott suggested the name Royal Rangers, and Johnnie Barnes is appointed as national commander.

1963

The Royal Rangers Leadership Training Course is developed

1964

First Pow Wow

The first district-wide camps (then called Pow Wows) are held. The Gold Medal of Achievement, Royal Rangers highest achievement, and the Medal of Valor, awarded to men and boys who risk their own lives to save the life of another, are first offered.

1966

FCF is formed

Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship (then called a Fraternity) is formed, offering boys and young men the opportunity to relive America’s frontier past. The first Royal Rangers week is held in October to spotlight the Royal Rangers ministry and honor its members in churches across the nation.

1968

First NTC

The first National Training Camps for Royal Rangers leaders are held in the states of California, Colorado, Missouri, and New York.

1974

First National Camporama

The first National Camporama, a camping extravaganza that now attracts thousands of boys every four years, is first held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1977

National Council is formed

The National Royal Rangers Council is formed and meets in Springfield, Missouri. To this day organizational leaders continue to gather annually for instruction, fellowship, and inspiration.

1986

Camp Eagle Rock dedicated

The National Royal Rangers Training Center near Eagle Rock, Missouri, is dedicated. The 1,400-acre center is often referred to as Camp Eagle Rock.

1989

2nd National Director

Beloved founder, Johnnie Barnes, dies after leading the ministry from its inception for twenty-seven years. Rev. Ken Hunt is named national commander, and he guides the ministry skillfully for ten years.

1999

3rd National Director

Rev. Richard Mariott is appointed national commander, and he ably guides the ministry for eight years.

2002

RRI established

Royal Rangers International is started to establish, strengthen, and serve Royal Rangers development around the world. Today, Royal Rangers is active in over 70 nations.

2007

4th National Director

Rev. Doug Marsh is appointed national director. His vision is to “Take Royal Rangers to the iPod® Generation” by helping current and potential leaders enjoy ministerial success by mentoring future men, offering them and their churches a simple and flexible yet robust and relevant ministry to boys and young men.

2010

First NRMC

The first National Rangers Ministry Camp is offered.

2014

5th National Director

Rev. Karl Fleig is appointed as the fifth national director.

Hall of Heroes

Many leaders, men and women alike, have devoted time to mentoring future men into Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders.  Many men and women have gone above and beyond while serving the Lord in this most critical ministry.  While they would shy away from receiving such accolades, we feel that it is critical to remember their  example and strive to meet or exceed the level of commitment they have shown.  * Please note that most district awards records begin with 2011. If you would like to submit information for prior years, please send information to info@stxroyalrangers.com so we can update our records.

National Medal of Valor​

The Medal of Valor represents the highest award a boy or leader may receive in Royal Rangers. It is presented to individuals who have saved the life of another at the risk of their own. This award requires approval from the national Royal Rangers office.

  • Thomas Atkinson - 2008
  • Daryal Purday - 2002
  • Cory Schlageter - 1997
  • Stephen Rodriguez - 1996
  • Patrick Holder - 1995
  • William Holder - 1995
  • Arthur Lopez - 1995
  • Peter Moreno - 1995
  • Steve Taylor - 1994
  • James Walker - 1993
  • Kyle Keeland - 1992
  • David Cole - 1990
  • Justin Collins - 1989
  • Robert Nixon - 1987

National Medal of Courage

The Medal of Courage is similar to the Medal of Valor in that it is presented to boys or leaders who have saved the life of another person. However, this award does not require that the rescuer’s own life be at risk. This award requires approval from the national Royal Rangers office.

  • Tommy Atkinson - 2005
  • Ryan Braaten - 2004
  • Joshua Rodriguez - 2002
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National Medal of Merit

The National Medal of Merit is given to both boys and adult leaders. They are awarded to individuals for recognition of exemplary effort and commitment to Royal Rangers. The National Medal of Merit is awarded by the national office at the discretion of the national Royal Rangers director.

  • Scott Mandeville - 2002
  • Lynn Mandeville - 2002

Lifetime Service Award

Instituted in 2009, this award is given by the national Royal Rangers Alumni chairman and president to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of service to Royal Rangers. South Texas has been blessed by the service of the following individuals who have received this prestigious recognition:

  • Mike MacMillan 2019, Recipient #146
  • Jerry Sledge 2017, Recipient #115
  • Alice E. Gardiner 2017, Recipient #98
  • Jerry Gardiner 2017, Recipient #97
  • Jeremiah Gonzalez 2016, Recipient #92 (posthumously)
  • Bobby Bernardino 2015, Recipient #91
  • Tommy Atkinson 2015, Recipient #83
  • Richard Fitzgerald 2014, Recipient #77
  • Sarge Summers 2014, Recipient #74
  • Robert Sanders 2014, Recipient #73
  • Roger Cassidy 2014, Recipient #72
  • Molly Sosa 2011, Recipient #33
  • Jimmy Sosa 2011, Recipient #32
  • Evelyn 'Shug' Williams 2011, Recipient #31
  • Ralph Williams 2011, Recipient #30
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National Outstanding Service Medal

The National Outstanding Service Award is given to both boys and adult leaders. They are awarded to individuals for recognition of outstanding service to Royal Rangers. The National Outstanding Service Medal is awarded by the national office at the discretion of the national Royal Rangers director.

  • Ralph Williams - 2003
  • Evelyn 'Shug' Williams - 2003
  • Jimmy Sosa - 2003
  • Molly Sosa - 2003
  • Jimmy Sosa - 2002
  • Molly Sosa - 2002
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District Medal of Merit

The District Medal of Merit is the highest award bestowed on an individual by STXRR. The medal of merit is given to Royal Rangers boys and adult leaders who have demonstrated exemplary effort and commitment to Royal Rangers. The District Medal of Merit is awarded by and at the discretion of the district Royal Rangers director

  • Ken Porter - 2019
  • Bob Botto - 2016
  • Garey Gruber - 2015
  • George Leach - 2014
  • Jimmy Sosa - 2012
  • Molly Sosa - 2012
  • Richard Fitzgerald - 2011
  • Leroy Collins - 2011
  • Ralph Williams - 2011
  • Johnnie Tarwater - 2011
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District Outstanding Service Award

The District Outstanding Service Award is given to both boys and adult leaders. They are awarded to individuals for recognition of outstanding service to Royal Rangers. The District Outstanding Service Medal is awarded by the district at the discretion of the district Royal Rangers director.

  • TJ Arnold - 2019
  • Misty Hutson - 2019
  • Robert Ellis - 2019
  • Sherry Ellis - 2019
  • Jeremiah Nestor - 2019
  • Ryan Gabbard - 2019
  • Greg Breed - 2018
  • Kenny Murray - 2018
  • Marvin "Sarge" Summers - 2018
  • Damon Barber - 2017
  • Jeff Stokes - 2017
  • Cam Hendricks - 2016
  • Greg Rudy - 2016
  • Thomas "TJ" Atkinson - 2015
  • William Wallace III - 2014
  • Chad Hutson - 2013
  • Jody Yeo - 2013
  • Bob Botto - 2013
  • Garey Gruber - 2012
  • George Leach - 2012
  • Freddie Bailey, Sr. - 2011
  • Freddie Bailey, Jr. - 2010
  • Ken Porter - 2010
  • Bill Stuckey - 2010
  • Nathan Timm - 2010
  • Jason Bone - 2010
  • Tommy Atkinson - 1998
  • Wayne Hale - 1998