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  • TOMAHAWK July - August 2011

    RecordRecord--Breaking Breaking

    JTT CampJTT Camp Page 4

    Rangers Support

    Convoy of Hope Page 3

    Appalachian Trail Adventure

    Page 6

    How Long Has It Been?

    Page 8

    Gold Medalists Tackle

    Rail Trail Projects

    Page 9

    TomahawkTomahawk Potomac District Royal Rangers News and Information for Royal Ranger Leaders November-December 2011

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    Potomac District Commander Rev. Bobby Basham

    Outreach/Publications Coordinator Newsletter Editor

    Gary Wagner

    The Tomahawk newsletter is published bi-

    monthly as a means of communicating news and information to Royal Ranger leaders throughout the Potomac District. Sectional staffs and outposts are invited to submit articles and photographs that feature activi-ties of Royal Ranger ministries on a local level, or to share ideas and successes. Email

    material to Please submit photos as separate jpg image files.

    The Tomahawk is distributed via email as an

    electronic publication. Email address correc-

    tions, or requests to be added to the distri-

    bution list, should be forwarded to Potomac

    District executive secretary Denise Raduano at

    Royal Rangers Emblem 1962 by the national

    Royal Rangers Office, The General Council of the Assemblies of God; Springfield, Mo. 65802. The Royal Rangers Emblem may not be reproduced,

    stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any meanselectronically, mechanically, photocopies, recording, or otherwisewithout prior

    written permission from the national Royal Rang-ers Office.

    Royal Rangers is a principal ministry of the

    Assemblies of God focused on discipling boys for Jesus Christ. We provide Christ-like char-

    acter formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a

    highly relational and fun environment. Our

    mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and

    lifelong servant leaders.

    The Potomac District administrative region

    of the General Council of the Assemblies of

    God takes in Washington, D.C., Maryland,

    most of Virginia and northern West Virginia.

    Over 100 churches throughout this region currently provide Royal Ranger ministry to

    more than 2,500 boys and young men. We use many tools to achieve that goal whether

    it be camping, merits or interactive skills, all designed to help develop a boy into a man

    while having fun and getting to know God.

    We want to develop both men and boys in

    mentoring relationships and leadership skills,

    and guide them to Jesus Christ. We reach boys, so they may reach another in their


    Potomac District

    Royal Rangers on Facebook

    COVER PHOTO: A Ranger hones his fire craft skills during Tidewater North Sections Fall Advancement

    Camp held in October, which provided training in a number of Royal Ranger skill merits.

    See it now @

    In Case You Missed It

    Potomac Districts Tomahawk news-

    leer is emailed every two months.

    But, if youre new to the mailing list, or

    if you missed a previous edion, you

    can nd it in the archive maintained on

    the districts website for Royal Rangers


    GMA Materials

    Important informaon related

    to the Gold Medal of Achieve-

    ment is readily available to

    Ranger leaders who are work-

    ing with boys in their outpost

    to reach this important mile-

    stone. Download the Com-

    manders Instrucon Packet

    and GMA Chrisan Service

    Project guidelines to ensure

    Rangers sasfy all applicaon

    requirements for the Gold

    RRA Applicaon

    Applicaon for membership in

    the Royal Rangers Alumni is

    available at www.potomac Print and com-

    plete your applicaon to mail

    in to the Potomac District

    oce to start your member-

    ship today. Theres plenty to

    do in Royal Ranger ministry,

    and a seasoned hand is

    somemes just the right


    Golfing for Rangers

    Royal Ranger Alumni members (l. to r.) Don Frey, Gary Groves, Dennie Daniels and Bobby Basham get ready to hit the green during a recent golf fund raiser for Royal Rangers in Front Royal, Va. The event was held to help Rangers raise money for next years National Camporama. RRA in Potomac District continues to add to its membership, with Lance Purdy, Darius George and Mark Franks joining the ranks recently.

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    By Cmdr. Glenn Hannold

    R angers from Outpost 31 at Charlottesville First As-sembly of God participated

    in this summers Convoy of Hope outreach event held at the Freder-ick County Fairground in Freder-ick, Md. Four Adventure Rangers and two Expedition Rangers from Out-post 31 made their way from Char-lottesville to Frederick for the Con-voy of Hope event on June 18, which was designed to serve needy families in Frederick Coun-ty. The Ranger contingent arrived for the volunteer rally on the even-ing before the event, where they received instruction and heard a motivational message. The group camped in the back-yard of Calvary Assembly of God Friday night. Even though it rained with thunder and lightning while they slept, they awoke to clear skies Saturday morning for a beautiful day. The congregation at Calvary were gracious hosts, providing dinner on Friday evening and a great breakfast at 5 a.m. on Satur-day.

    Hannold and his Rangers ar-rived at the event at 7:30 a.m. and were given jobs in the food distri-bution section. For the next three hours, they helped put together 18,000 bags of groceries. The Rangers were specifically responsi-ble for manning the spaghetti noo-dle pallets, making sure that every bag got a package of noodles. For the remainder of the day they packaged other miscellaneous items and assisted families by helping to carry their seven bags of groceries.

    By the end of the event at 3 p.m., 5,018 guests had been served, 1,200 shoes and socks and 1,000 backpacks were dis-tributed. In addition, 140 dental screenings were done, 436 family portraits taken, and 475 haircuts given. God enabled 51 churches, 249 non-profits, and 1,856 vol-unteers to come to-gether to pull-off an extraordinary event. The Rangers and their commander drove back to Char-

    lottesville tired, but feeling blessed for having a small part in this event. A couple weeks later, at a Council of Achievement for Out-post 31, the Rangers received their green Convoy of Hope merits, having completed all of the re-quirements.

    Author Glenn Hannold is Outpost Coordinator for Outpost 31 at Char-lottesville First Assembly.

    Rangers Support Convoy of Hope

    Bags of groceries are piled high for distribution during the Convoy of Hope outreach in Frederick, Md.

    Rangers from Outpost 31 (l. to r.) Justin Welch, John Simpkins, Glenn Hannold and Evan Kiernan work to unpack pallets of spa-ghetti noodles.

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    By Cmdr. Mark Brannon Capital VA/MD Sectional Commander

    F or the previous three Junior Training Trails (JTT) camps held at Broad Creek Memo-

    rial Scout Reservation in White-ford, Md., the leaders and trainees struggled to find more than 11 miles of trails to hike, and the summer heat provided a challenge all its own. The setting for this years JTT was the nine-mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) between I-70 and Cowall Shelter, an 18-mile round trip. The desire to provide a more challenging hike while re-ducing the risk of heat-related ill-nesses led the JTT leadership team to change the venue to the undu-lating, rocky trails of the AT in western Maryland. Trainees Isaiah Padgett, Todd

    Thorp, P.J. Eley and Caleb Bran-non along with junior staffers Ed-die Brown and Isaac Brannon, gathered at the Park n Ride on Rt. 40 just outside Myersville and made final preparations before leaving the rendezvous point ac-companied by trail guide Cmdr. Glenn Zior, camp chaplain Cmdr. Paul Eley Sr., and camp command-er Cmdr. Mark Brannon. The patrol headed to Pine Knob Shelter, about half a mile away, for the first class on how to pack a pack. Topics covered the pros and cons of the different types of packs as well as how to best load them. The backpack check failed to reveal any real surprises. With the exception of a few pairs of jeans, a hiking no-no, and an extra pair of running shoes, the trainees had packed fairly well. In previous years, the checks had found a 16-inch mag-light

    with eight spare D batteries, a camp saw, a folding shovel, a pitch pipe and a metronome! The pitch pipe and metronome belonged to staff Cmdr. Ronnie Bell. Lunch lay just 2.5 miles away at Black Rock Cliffs. We enjoyed pb&j bagels on a cliff 1,200 feet above the valley. We lingered for 45 minutes admiring the inspiring view of western Maryland coun-tryside and Hagerstown miles off in the distance. At Black Rock Spring, we took advantage of the setting to hold a class on water purification, dis-cussing the merits of water filters, steri-pens and iodine tablets. The 3.5 miles of scenic trail just prior to Cowall Shelter is relatively flat. Theres an arduous stretch of ankle rolling, rock-hopping before dropping 500 feet over a half mile prior to crossing Wolfsville Road.