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Royal Rangers History

November 1, 2021

Do you have any history for your activities at outpost, sectional, district, regional, or national events for 2021 or before? We would love to get a copy and get it posted on the history site. Whether is it Pow Wow packets, FCF packets, posters, documents, patch scans, staff listings, etc. All history for your district and section can be posted. Please contact Mark Oliver and it will get updated quickly. We ask that patch scans/photos be a minimum resolution of 300x300. If you take a photo, please put one patch per picture and take the photo close to the patch so we get it up close.

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November 22, 2021

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This site is managed by the North Texas Royal Rangers on behalf of and is the exclusively authorized history site of the national Royal Rangers ministries office, Springfield, MO. Contacts for this site include Mark Oliver and Jonathan Trower.

National History


Royal Rangers is a church based mentoring ministry for future men. Since its inception in 1962, millions of boys in the United States and around the world have been guided through the ministry. Today, they are successful businessmen, public servants, pastors, church leaders, missionaries, etc.


1962: Royal Rangers Ministry Begins

In January 1962, 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: First Leadership Course Developed

The Royal Rangers Leadership Training Course is developed.


1964: First Pow Wow, GMA, Medal of Valor

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 Begins


1966: Royal Rangers ministries are established in Latin America and Asia.

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 National Training Camps

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


1972: The first national event, a National FCF Rendezvous, was held near Springfield, Missouri.


1974: First National Camporama

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


1977: National Royal Rangers Council 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.


1978: The second National Camporama was held in Farragut, Idaho


1982: The third National Camporama was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


1986: National Training Center Dedicated. The Fourth National Camporama is held there.

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: Johnny Barnes Dies; Ken Hunt Named New National Commander

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 10 years.


1990: The fifth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock


1994: The sixth National Camporama takes place at Camp Eagle Rock


1998: The seventh National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock


1999: Richard Mariott Named New National Commander

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


2002: Royal Rangers International Begins

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


2006: The ninth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock


2007: Doug Marsh Named New 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.


2012: The tenth National Camporama and fiftieth anniversary celebration takes place at Camp Eagle Rock


2014: Karl Fleig Named New National Director

With Doug Marsh transitioning into full-time leadership of Royal Rangers International, Karl Fleig, former Indiana District CD and Men's Director, was named the new national director.


2016: The eleventh National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock


2020: The twelfth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock

This was postponed to a future date because of the COVID-19 spread.


2022: The twelfth National Camporama is held at Camp Eagle Rock