In October 2013, I was able to attend the NRMC in North Texas at their Royal Rangers Lakeview camp ground. Just to give you a little background, I have been in Rangers for about 20 years. I had been to NTC years ago. I really was not all that interested in going to NRMC, for me, personally, but I wanted to see what the excitement was about. Since I am the Senior Commander of the Outpost, I was very motivated to get the other Ranger Commanders from the Outpost to the camp. I started working on them and reminding them about a year in advance. The effort paid off, 6 of the 7 total commanders from our Outpost attended camp. None of them had been to NTC in the past, so this was all new for them. Looking back, it is a shame that NRMC is called a Rangers camp. It is really a hands on highly motivational men’s retreat. It includes great activities, competition, new skills and spiritual training. The men that do not attend this camp are missing out. You do not need any camping skills; you do need to be able to borrow some camping gear though. The camping part is very easy, skills wise. What you do not know, you will be taught, and it is not difficult. No secrets and no tricks.
Why do you need to go and why am I glad I did go? The camp challenged me. It challenged me mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. Through those challenges, I grew in all 4 ways. I had the opportunity to watch men “get it” to “get Royal Rangers”. I watched the light come on and their eyes light up. We read about Rangers and we take classes to help us get skills to use in Rangers but it takes NRMC to “get it”. We have all heard Doug Marsh give us his vision for Rangers. If you come to NRMC, you see and participate in the vision while it is put into action and watch it bear fruit. You watch it bear fruit in men and I was part of it. It was exciting, intoxicating and an honor. The vision becomes tangible and the goals obtainable. I watched men “get it” and I watched God fire them up and fire me up. It was a great camp and a great experience. Not just a great Rangers experience, it was a great men’s experience. Sometimes, I think we get so focused on serving the boys that we forget that we are boys, just larger, and we need to be challenged and need an adventure. We need an adventure to take them on!
Would I go again? YES! Should you go? YES! Quit making excuses and finding reasons not to go. Put it on your calendar, and make it happen. Get to one of these camps. It will never just fit into your schedule because you happen to have some extra time. You will have to make the time and it will be worth the effort! Come to NRMC to be refreshed, focused, empowered and excited about serving God and discipling boys and young men.
Your Brother in Christ,
South Texas District Royal Rangers
Deputy Sectional Director
San Antonio Section
Windsor Park A/G
San Antonio TX