2024 Ready Up Conference information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
For questions regarding the Shooting Sports activities, (RSO,BAIT, and Basic Rifle/Shotgun)
contact Kasey Bruce @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 21-23, 2024
Location: North Texas District Office and Camp Grounds
5128 FM 66 Waxahachie, TX 75167
2024 READY UP CONFERENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION
TRADE SKILLS IDEAS – SID MCCOY
Sid McCoy has been in a leadership role for 42 years in various outpost positions. During that time he also served 7 years as Oklahoma District Director. Sid has worked the last 5 years as Dean of Students at Jones Elementary School. He has been married to Linda for 41 years and has 5 grandchildren. He has served as a youth leader, and currently is in the 30th year as a deacon, sings on the worship team and assists with JAG Kids. Sid has worked for several construction companies and a mechanical contractor. He has built two homes using trades skills that he learned in the process. This session with provide leaders an opportunity to experience several of the trades including electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.
INTRO TO DUTCH OVEN COOKING – PAUL HOFFMAN
As an introduction, my name is Paul Hoffman and I have been a commander since 1983, coordinating outposts in Illinois, Arkansas, and now New Mexico. I started using a Dutch Oven in 1984 as an FCF’er and over the years have had many failures and a few successes in using the Dutch oven. My hope is that I can help you avoid the “burnt bottoms” and “raw dough” and that you will produce gourmet meals fit for a Ranger. In the course, we will cover the history of Dutch ovens, types of ovens, seasoning an oven, heat control, use of liners, accessories, and sources of menus. In the course, your eyes may be opened to a few uses that you haven’t considered and possibly even stir up your creativity to further gastronomical feats.
Later there will be an opportunity to show off your mad skills in a competition.
We will have some Dutch Ovens available for use but bring ingredients to cook with. If you have a Dutch Oven you can bring, that would be helpful.
STORYTELLING 101 – KEN PORTER
Bio- Ken Porter – South Central Region Royal Rangers (scr-royalrangers.org)
We relate to each other and share important information with stories. What is the story you need to tell? Whose story do you need to tell? What is the story of Royal Rangers? What is your Outposts story? What happened at camp that excited you? How can telling stories help you teach?
Come join us and start learning about storytelling.
BEADWORKING – TRAVIS McCRATE
My name is Travis McCrate. I am 36 years old. I married the love of my life 18 years ago and started
working in Youth and Kids ministry soon after. We have two active boys: Trevor who is 16, has
recently earned his GMA. He is also a Jr. Commander at our Outpost and helps in Discovery Rangers.
Tanner, who is 12, is not far behind him in trying to reach his GMA award. We are the children’s
Pastors at Collinsville First Assembly and I am also the Coordinator of our Royal Rangers programs.
On top of ministry, I have stepped up as president of our family business, Tulsa New Holland in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, when my dad retired in 2018. I am an out of the box thinker with a passion to succeed at
whatever I am involved with.
My favorite Quote- “Whether you say you can or you can’t your probably right!” Henry Ford
Offering the perfect FCF hobby/Trade for any boy or leader. We will be covering the basics of bead
work for crafts and FCF projects. We will also cover where to find supplies and how to use bead work
in your ministry.
2. What does this look like
3. How to find supplies on a budget
4. Craft ideas
5. How to use these ideas in a ministry
6. Time to get BEADING!
7. Basic Overview and wrap up
A TASTE OF THE NEW NRMC – STAN LEWIS
CONDUCTING A MEETING – RANGER KIDS – RONN CUNNINGHAM
CONDUCTING A MEETING – DISCOVERY/ADVENTURE – RONN CUNNINGHAM
CONDUCTING A MEETING- EXPEDITION RANGERS – RONN CUNNINGHAM
CEREMONY IDEAS – ROGER FREELS, SR
Roger has been in Royal Rangers since he was a boy beginning in the Pioneers group. He
served in the U.S Army for 16 years (13 years active duty) culminating in the rank of Staff
Sergeant. He is a combat veteran serving in Operation Desert Storm. He is a Software
Engineer for Pioneer Telephone in Kingfisher Oklahoma. Roger serves as the Outpost
Coordinator for Christ’s Legacy Church in Yukon, Oklahoma and served in various
positions in the Oklahoma District for over 20 years. All 4 of his sons have received the
Gold Medal of Achievement. His Regional duties include serving as the Outreach
Coordinator. He loves his wife Jennifer so very much who serves in their church as well
as the Girls Ministries Coordinator, and they have 6 children, and 6 grandchildren.
How you recognize your Rangers can leave a lasting impact on them, their families and the church.
Recognition can provide that extra oomph that they need to keep pressing on. Roger will share some of
his personal experiences in GMA and Annual Awards ceremonies. Please be prepared to share your
experiences as well so we can all benefit from each other.
RECREATION IDEAS – INDOOR/OUTDOOR- Daniel Clark
INTEGRATING MULTICULTURAL CHURCHES- Daniel Clark
PATHFINDER AND MISSIONS – TRAVIS MCCRATE
Offering an overview of how your Outpost and District can utilize Pathfinder Missions and Missions programs.
2. What does Missions look like at your Outpost or Church
3. Does your mission program compliment your church missions’ program
4. What are Pathfinder Missions
5. How do I setup a mission’s program at my Outpost/Church
6. GIVE – Find a project and a Missionary
7. Basic Overview and wrap up
TOGETHER PLAN AND RANGERS LITE –
Offering an out of the box approach to Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries. Do you have a big vision
with a small group of volunteers and a small budget? In this break out session we will help you find
what works for your church but also how to implement it.
2. Business approach
3. RR and GM around the United States
4. What does RR and GM look like at your church
5. How to find the perfect plan
6. How to implement the program
7. Basic Overview and wrap up
“ACTIVITIES FOR A ROYAL RANGER SCIENCE MERIT DAY CAMP” 3 HR SESSION – CLINT BRYAN, PH.D
Clint completed B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. He has been a Professor of Chemistry at
Cameron University since 1988 where he earned the Hackler Award in Teaching Excellence and the Phi
Kappa Phi Distinguished Professor. Since 1994, Clint has served as the director/faculty advisor for Chi
Alpha Christian Fellowship at Cameron University. In addition, Clint has been a Royal Ranger
Commander since January 2000; he launched his Royal Ranger leadership training with LTC in spring
2000. Subsequently, Clint has attended Ranger Basics three times and completed World Class Outpost Seminar. Since 2017, Clint has offered a Royal Ranger Science Merit Day Camp five times for
southwest Oklahoma Royal Rangers.
Royal Ranger leaders who want to utilize science and technology merits to motivate RRs
will want to sign up for this course. The course starts with a presentation of the process of
coordinating a RR science merit day camp from arranging support staff to inviting
program feature content experts. Subsequently, the course transitions to a workshop in
which course participants can perform laboratory activities that have been employed to
illustrate the requirements of science merits such as Chemistry Basics, Chemistry, and/or
Electronics. Upon completion of this course, the participants should have experiences that
promote confidence to mentor science and technology merits using household supplies.