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Royal Rangers FAQ 
This FAQ covers the following: 

What is the News Group for? 
What are Royal Rangers? 
Where are Royal Rangers? 
Who can Join Royal Rangers? 
What is the Royal Ranger Code? 
What is the Royal Ranger Pledge? 
What is the Royal Ranger Motto? 
What does the Royal Rangers Emblem mean? 
What Churches Sponsor Royal Rangers Groups? 
What do we Believe? 
What is the Royal Rangers Mailing List for? 
How do I Subscribe to the Royal Rangers Mailing List? 
How do I Unsubscribe from the Royal Rangers Mailing List? 
Why did I Stop Getting RangerNet Mail? 
How do I Send Messages to the Royal Rangers Mailing List?
Where is the RangerNet mailing list archive?
What are Some Good Web Sites for Royal Rangers? 
What Netiquette Applies to RangerNet? 
What other related mailing lists are there? 
How do we Handle Off-Topic and Obnoxious Posts? 
Who Maintains this FAQ? 

What is the News Group for?

The usenet news group is for Royal Rangers, Royal
Rangers Commanders, and others interested in the ministry of Royal
Rangers to share ideas, encouragement, questions, and fellowship with
each other world-wide.

What are Royal Rangers?

Royal Rangers is a Christian scouting program designed to minister to
the needs of boys and girls. It was started as a boys ministry by the
Men's Ministries of the Assemblies of God. This program has since spread
beyond just that one denomination to many churches in many countries.
The objective of Royal Rangers is to REACH, TEACH, and KEEP boys and
girls for JESUS CHRIST. The companion program designed for girls is
called "Missionettes," but some places use the Royal Rangers program for
both boys and girls, or allow girls into Air/Sea/Trail Rangers.

Where are Royal Rangers?

Royal Rangers are in more than 64 countries, and this number is growing. 

Who can Join Royal Rangers?

Royal Rangers programs are open to children from 5 years old and upward.

In countries where the Missionettes program is established, Royal
Rangers is usually (but not always) reserved for boys, but in countries
where the Missionettes program is not established, both boys and girls
can join Royal Rangers.

Commanders (leaders) must be Christians who are above reproach and who
are willing to minister to, teach, and protect the children in the

What is the Royal Ranger Code?

A Royal Ranger is: 
ALERT -- Mentally, physically, and spiritually alert. 
CLEAN -- Clean in body, mind and speech. 
HONEST -- Does not lie, cheat, or steal. 
COURAGEOUS -- Brave in spite of danger, criticism, or threats. 
LOYAL -- Faithful to his church, family, outpost, and friends. 
COURTEOUS -- Polite, kind, and thoughtful. 
OBEDIENT -- Obeys his parents, leaders, and those in authority. 
SPIRITUAL -- Prays, reads the Bible, and witnesses. 

What is 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

What is the Royal Ranger Motto?


Meaning of Motto: Ready for anything! Ready to work, play, serve, obey,
worship, live, etc.

Or, in Australia, you might hear:
Meaning of Motto: Ready for anything! Ready to work, play, serve, obey,
worship, live, ready for the return of the Lord!

What does the Royal Rangers Emblem mean? 
Four Gold Points: Four phases of a child's development: Physical,
Spiritual, Mental, Social.

Four Red Points: Four main teachings of the Church: Salvation, Baptism
in the Holy Spirit, Healing, and Rapture. (IPHC adds Sanctification as a
"main teaching" in the emblem by using the white background for
"salvation" and the four points for the remaining main teachings.)

Eight Blue Points: Eight points of the Ranger code: Alert, Clean,
Honest, Courageous, Loyal, Courteous, Obedient, Spiritual.

Note: the Royal Rangers Emblem is a trademark of the Assemblies of God.

Which Churches Sponsor Royal Rangers Groups?

Assemblies of God, Pentecostal Holiness, Congregational Holiness, and
various other church congregations with similar beliefs and a desire to
reach, teach and keep children for Jesus Christ sponsor Royal Rangers

What do we Believe?

We believe the Holy Bible and we worship the Living God. The rest
follows from that. There are detailed statements of faith at the
Assemblies of God and International Pentecostal Holiness Church web
sites. There is also a good statement of faith at

What is the Royal Rangers Mailing List for?

The Royal Rangers mailing list is for the same things as the news group, except that it is available to more
people, since some people don't have access to alt.* news groups. There
is a fairly high volume of traffic on that list, with messages ranging
from profound devotional and activity ideas to friendly banter and
jokes. It is kind of like an electronic camp fire in cyberspace that we
sit around. We share our common interests with greater immediacy and
less noise than is common on usenet. You may not want to join this list
if your mailbox is small or you don't have the ability to automatically
sort mail to different folders so that your other mail isn't drowned in
Royal Ranger list mail. There are a few people on the list who connect
with slow modem connections, so please refrain from sending large binary
files to the list. (Such files can be posted on a web site and announced
on the list, if they are of general interest).

How do I Subscribe to the Royal Rangers Mailing List?

Use the subscription form at OR send
a message to with the line

subscribe rangernet

in the body of the message. The subject line is ignored. If your email is replyable, you will
get two responses back. On will have the subject "Majordomo results" and
should tell you that your subscription requires confirmation. (It may
also tell you you that it was confused because you didn't spell
"subscribe rangernet" right. It is very picky.) The other message is
your confirmation message. It will ask you to send a certain command
back to a certain address if you really want to subscribe. This
unfortunate computer literacy test is asking you to send the line that
starts with "auth" and ends with your email address back. Please send
the exact line requested to the exact address requested.

The confirmation step is designed to (1) avoid the hassles to the list
owner that happen when someone subscribes an incorrect address because
of misconfigured mail software, and (2) prevents someone from using
RangerNet as a mailbomb.
If your address is NOT replyable because you have entered the wrong
things for your "From" and "Reply-To" headers, you need to fix that
before you can subscribe to RangerNet. Please read the instructions for
your email package and/or ask for help from someone who can look over
your shoulder.
Note: the RangerNet mailing list is a high volume mailing list. If you
want less email, you may prefer to subscribe to the "Royal Ranger Gold"
(rrgold) mailing list, instead. Subscribing works the same as for
RangerNet, except that you send "subscribe rrgold" instead of "subscribe

How do I Unsubscribe from the Royal Rangers Mailing List?

Use the subscription form at OR send
a message to (or to with
the line

unsubscribe rangernet

in the body of the message. (The subject line is ignored.) To change
mailing addresses, unsubscribe from your old one and subscribe to the
new one. If you are unsubscribing from a different address because you
no longer have access to the old address, add your old address to the
unsubscribe line, like

unsubscribe rangernet

(Where you replace "" with the email address you want to
remove from the list.) Please do not send unsubscribe requests to the
whole list. In the unlikely event that you have difficulty
unsubscribing, please make sure that you unsubscribe using the exact
same mailing address that you subscribed with. If unsubscribing fails
with the web form, try the email method or vice versa. Attempts to
unsubscribe using other methods may be ignored. 

Why did I Stop Getting RangerNet Mail?

Some problem may have caused mail sent to your email box to bounce.
Bounce messages usually result in your name being removed from the
mailing list without warning. Possible causes of this problem include
overstuffed mail boxes, mail misconfiguration, and transient errors on
the route between you and the remailer. Try resubscribing to the Royal
Rangers mailing list if this happens. It is especially important for you
to check your email often if you get your mail through any service that
limits your inbox size.

How do I Send Messages to the Royal Rangers Mailing List?

Simply address your email to and it will be copied
to everyone on the mailing list world wide. It is a good idea to send a
message introducing yourself and what your position and interest in
Royal Rangers is shortly after you join the list. When replying to
rangernet mail, please check the addresses you are sending to,
especially if you are an AOL customer. Please do NOT send any mail to
the "owner-rangernet" address that you want to go to the mailing list,
because that is the address where all the bounce messages go, and
chances are your message will be deleted before being read.
Also, please note that it is best not to advertise your ignorance in
front of hundreds of people by sending unsubscribe requests to the
entire mailing list. Those should go to,
Please note that you must be subscribed to RangerNet at the address you
are sending messages from for your message to go through to RangerNet.
If you aren't, your message will be automatically deleted.

Please don't start your subject line with "subscribe", "unsubscribe", or
"help" to avoid having your message deleted by the Majordomo filter that
is supposed to enforce the rule of not sending list administration mail
to the mailing list.

Where is the RangerNet mailing list archive?

Old posts from RangerNet are stored at
//">, and
//"> (check all of the above
for a complete listing). A unified (but commercial) archive is at 

Please note that all posts to RangerNet are archived. If this bothers
you, then please don't post. 

What are Some Good Web Sites for Royal Rangers?

Try feeding "Royal Rangers" into your favorite search engine or check
the links from the HTML version of this page at

What Netiquette Applies to RangerNet? 

Make the Golden Rule your daily rule. 

It is wise to "lurk" for a few days (reading messages without posting
anything) to get a feel for the kinds of things that are discussed and
some of the personalities on the list -- then jump in and introduce
yourself. We would like to know your name, connection with Royal
Rangers, location, etc.

Remember that you are communicating with people, not computers. 


Please keep the discussion on topic (Royal Rangers, FCF, Christian
living, devotions, and related material). Some friendly banter is OK,
and even adds a human element to the discussion, but please don't post
chain letters, "get rich quick" schemes, commercial messages (except for
Royal Rangers and FCF material of general interest), or anything you
wouldn't want your pastor, your mother, and small children to read.

Please be kind to people with slow modem connections and small
mailboxes. Don't post large binary files, graphics, etc. It is
appropriate to post pointers to ftp or web sites to get such things,
where appropriate. Before posting anything to RangerNet, ask yourself if
it edifies, encourages, cheers up, or helps the people who read it.
Don't use the mailing list or news group as a substitute for personal

Please make sure that the "subject" line of your post clearly describes
what is in the message. This helps others to find and use materials such
as devotions, resource ideas, etc., that have been posted. No special
code or syntax is required, but something like "Subject: Devotion: the
1st commandment with a promise" works well.

Be sure that what you send is sent in love with the intention of
building up others on the list. Be aware that postings to RangerNet are
archived and may be retrieved much later.

What other related mailing lists are there?

Bible - daily Bible readings from the World English Bible (WEB)
delivered right to your email box.

FCF - For members and friends of the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship

HNV - daily Bible readings from the Hebrew Names Version of the WEB
(great for Messianic Jews).
Missionettes - like RangerNet, but for Missionettes club sponsors,
girls, and others interested in using Missionettes to reach, teach, and
keep girls for Jesus Christ.
Prayer - for prayers, prayer teaching, prayer encouragement, and prayer

RangerNet - meeting ideas, devotions, game ideas, inspiration, friendly
banter, prayer requests, and fellowship.
RR - for RangerNet Cyber Pow-Wow staff and volunteers.

RRGold - some of the BEST (Golden) posts from RangerNet.

Traders - for buying, selling, advertising, and trading stuff related to
Royal Rangers, FCF, and Missionettes.
All of the above subscriptions (except RR) can be started and stopped at You can also subscribe to any of
the above by sending email to with

subscribe LISTNAME

in the body of the message, but substitute the actual list name for
Also of interest on a different server is:
leaders - very restrictive as to what can be posted, limited to some
announcements and such. Commanders only. Low volume. Go to to subscribe. 

What is your spam policy?

To minimize spam (unsolicited commercial or obnoxious email), the
following policies are in place:
1. Posting to all mailing lists that I host are restricted either to
list members (Missionettes, RangerNet, RR, and Traders) or to the
moderator and list owner (Bible, Gold, HNV) unless specifically approved
by the moderator or list owner. Postings MUST be from an address that is
subscribed to the list. No exceptions are granted, even for people who
have multiple email accounts.

2. The majordomo "who" command, which shows the email addresses of
subscribers, has been disabled for all nonmembers.
3. Confirmation of subscription requests are required to prevent third
parties from subscribing people who don't want to join a list.
4. Subscriber lists for the lists I host are NOT for sale.

How do we Handle Off-Topic and Obnoxious Posts? 

Pray for the poster. Do not respond to their posts in kind. If the post
or series of posts seems to be aimed at intentionally mocking and trying
to get a response, please do not encourage the poster by responding or
even reacting to the post at all. Some people thrive on "flame wars" and
they usually get bored and go away when ignored. The less discussion of
the attack on RangerNet itself, the better.

In the case of posts that are extremely offensive, abusive, or
dangerous, let the "gold bar staff" of RangerNet take care of addressing
the appropriate system operators and authorities, and refrain from the
temptation to mailbomb the offender. Remember that an offensive post
might have been a forgery.

"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He
causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the
righteous and the unrighteous." -- Matthew 5:44-45 (NASB)

"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate
you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." --
Luke 6:27-28 (NASB)

Remember that the vast majority of the people who actively participate
in RangerNet are Christian brothers and sisters who behave as such, but
there are some who are not. Let those who are not see Christian love and
service in action.

Who Maintains this FAQ? 

This FAQ is maintained by Michael Paul Johnson (see

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