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Boys face unique challenges in the world today.

The mission education in RAs provides an opportunity to develop biblical character, spiritual growth, and maturity in mind and body. RA leaders use activities designed to help boys learn about God’s mission and participate in mission activities.

Royal Ambassadors is a Southern Baptist mission education and development program for boys in grades 1-6. RAs provides an opportunity for boys to develop biblical character, grow relationships with others, and mature spiritually, physically, and mentally in a Christian discipleship walk.

RA leaders use activities that are designed to help boys learn about God’s mission, participated in mission activities, pray for and give to missions, develop and use mission skills, and learn about the mission work of the church.

For information about expanding or starting any of the RA mission experiences at your church, please contact Keith Mack, at 214.275.1123 or keith.mack[at]tbmtx.org.

RA RESOURCES

What do the boys of your church need most? . . . They need the men of your church!  Royal Ambassadors encourages men to spend time with the boys and share with them God's Word and work together in joining God in His Mission of reconciling the world to Himself through Christ Jesus.

Listed below are several links for Royal Ambassador Leaders. Contact Keith Mack at keith.mack[at]tbmtx.org or call (214) 275-1123 if you have any questions concerning resources for Royal Ambassadors or to schedule a training sessions for your RA Leaders. 

National Royal Ambassadors Website: www.royalambassadors.org
Visit this website to register your Royal Ambassadors group and to order and download free RA resources materials.

RA Materials
Quick Start Guide - Training for new leaders
Advancement Notebook - A way to keep track of activities
Resource Notebook - A selection of activities for RA Leaders to use

RA Logo for download 

RA Song
MP3 file 
Lyrics Sheet
Lyrics PowerPoint
Sheet Music
Video 
RA Song 1968 in mp3
The King's Business sheet music

Mile for Missions is a mission project to help raise pennies (it takes 84,480 pennies in line to stretch a mile) for disaster relief. We are encouraging Royal Ambassadors and Challengers groups to adopt this mission project, and reach the mile mark, to help raise funds for TBM's disaster relief efforts. Patches are available for groups that participate in the mission project. For more information and participation flyer, click here.

RA History – Royal Ambassadors began as an organization in 1908 and over 2.5 million boys and their leaders have participated in RAs to learn how to help others in Jesus’ name. Throughout the years, countless lives have been changed as boys and their leaders have prayed for, given to, and participated in missions projects. [order the book]

Craft Projects - The manual, Crafts, Projects and Games for Boys was written by Dr. Robert Adams in Gruver, Texas documents numerous projects for any RA group.  To obtain a copy of this manual, you can either download a copy or order a copy from the TBM store.  Printed copies are $20.00 for each. Contact Keith Mack at (214) 275-1123 office or keith.mack[at]tbmtx.org with any questions.

Southern Baptist churches and associations may use these projects to help involve men, young men and boys in missions. Others should request permission from Texas Baptist Men. 

Campcraft – Outdoors is an ideal environment to become aware of the Creator and all that has been created. Camping provides a unique opportunity for men to learn and share about their relationship with Christ and is a vital tool for reaching and equipping people to be on mission with God. Campcraft training opportunities occur during the spring and fall and during the Leadership Training Camp each June. Visit the events calendar for exact dates.

Campcraft Outdoor Living Skills is a manual for RAs, Challengers and adults that teaches campcraft skills with spiritual applications. [click to download]

Outdoor Cooking provides additional information related to cooking outdoors and has over 200 recipes. [order the book]

RA / Challenger EVENTS

Camp Directors’ Meeting – Providing an opportunity for the program leaders of Royal Ambassadors and Challengers camps to meet together, share program ideas and information for camp resources and materials. Scheduled early each year in Dallas so check the calendar for dates.

State Race – Provides an opportunity for church groups to gather for a day of friendly competition over individually-built pine wood cars to determine the state champion. This is held in Belton in late April so check the calendar for dates.

Leadership Training Camp – A wilderness camp designed to increase knowledge and skills under the leadership of Christ that empowers them be a witness in the world. This camp uses a progressive method of learning the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of campcraft and activity skills to live outdoors safely and comfortably. Males 7th-grade and beyond are eligible to attend. This annual event is held in early June and event-specific information can be found in this event listing, so check the calendar for dates.

Summer Camps – Great adventures for boys and young men that provide life-changing opportunities to grow in their relationship with Christ. Summer Campers will learn new skills and spend time with others who share what it means to be a man of God.
Resources for Summer Camps:
Summer Camp Information
Camp Director Report Form
Leadership Training Camp
Heroes of Faith (Bible study)
Unashamed (Leaders' guide)
Unashamed (Campers' book)
The Main Event (Bible study)
The Main Event (Devotionals)
Kingdom Men (Bible study)
Kingdom Warrior (Bible study)
Kingdom Builders (Bible study)
Man Up (Bible study
Man Up (logo)
God's Country (Bible study)
God's Country (Devotionals)
Ultimate Hunt (Leaders' guide)
Ultimate Hunt (Bible study)
Ultimate Hunt (Logo)
The King's Men (Leaders' guide)
The King's Men (Camper book)
The Lone Savior (Leaders' guide)
Built God Tough (Leaders' guide)
Built God Tough (Student pack)
Built God Tough (Cabin devotionals)
God's Heroes (Leaders' pack)
God's Heroes (Student pack)

Campout and Missions Mania – Provides opportunities for missions awareness and missions involvement with several activities and a great place to camp out with your group. Scheduled annually in the fall at the conclusion of Royal Ambassadors’ Week, check the calendar for dates.

State Basketball Tournament – Held in early March, the annual Basketball Tournament takes place in Belton and is open to young men grades 6-12. There is also a YAMMS (Young Adult Men's Ministry) division. To register and get more information, check the calendar for dates.

WILD Camp – Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development Camp is held annually in March and provides outdoor skill training and Christian development for young men. To register and get more information, check the calendar for dates.

Outdoor Adventures – Each summer, TBM offers two exciting Outdoor Adventures for Challengers who are 14 and over or have completed the 8th grade and their leaders. 
River Canoe Trip
Journey down the San Marcos river and learn the fundamentals of river canoeing. This trip will emphasize river canoeing skills that include basic trip preparation, understanding of river systems, portaging skills, river canoeing techniques, classification of rapids, river rescue skills, in addition to Christian growth and applications.
All food and equipment will be provided for the trip. A personal equipment list will be provided after registration. Participants will meet in San Marcos by 6:00 p.m. on the first day. Trained instructors and instructor trainees will lead this trip. For more information or to register, contact Jim Mason; 817.233.0008; theriveradventure[at]juno.com.
Wilderness Backpacking Trip
Explore the wilderness and marvel at God’s creation. This trip is a four-day backpacking trip in a remote wilderness location. Physical conditioning is highly advised in addition to some experience in backpacking and wilderness camping. This trip will emphasize the basics of backpacking including logistics, health and safety, risk management, land/water hazards, accidents, ecology, navigation, trail behavior, in addition to Christian growth and applications. A specialized equipment list for this trip will be provided after registration and each participant will need to secure the minimal required equipment listed. Trained instructors and instructor trainees will lead this trip. For more information or to register, contact Rooster Smith; 979.481.3153.

Winter Backpacking Trip – Join a group of high schoolers and men to experience a wilderness winter backpacking trip. The trip is open to the first twelve people who are willing to head to the back country during the winter season. Age restrictions for young men is 14 or above (or 9th grade). This adventure is also open to men who are still willing to head up the trail for a shared adventure. Please note that this will be a strenuous adventure and some physical conditioning is advised before attempting this trip. Contacts are Dwight Bridges, 214.460.3666 or friarleon[at]gmail.com and Stan Smith, 940.627.9871 or stan[at]sajsmith.com.Check the calendar for dates.

Spring Backpacking Trip – The spring expedition takes us to the Big Bend National Park to spend several days exploring various parts of the park. General information is listed here and specifics on dates and cost can be found by checking the calendar for dates

Challengers

Challengers is an organization that targets young men and works to help them encounter God, then leads them to develop an "on-mission" lifestyle with God. Challengers provide an opportunity for building relationships between Christian men and teenagers that will encourage the young men to grow in their Christian commitment through a mentoring process. 

Challengers is a missions organization for teen boys ages 12-17 or in grades 7-12. Through Challengers, young men have opportunities to grow in their relationships with God and their peers. Challengers learn to look beyond themselves and become actively involved in missions and ministry.

Visit the Challengers national website wmu.com/challengers concerning printed materials for Challengers Leaders from the National WMU office.

Challengers Logo
Challengers Vigil

Contact Keith Mack concerning questions related to Challengers in Texas or to schedule a training session for Challengers Leaders.

Keith Mack
State Challengers Director
(214) 275-1123
keith.mack[at]tbmtx.org


Paul Shirley
Challengers Vice President
(806)445-2966
paulmshirley[at]sbcglobal.net

CAMPCRAFT PROGRAMS

Royal Ambassador Campcraft – Designed to teach age-appropriate skills to boys in 1st through 6th grades that includes properly tying shoelaces for hiking and conducting safe overnight campouts.

Challengers Campcraft – Designed for young men 7th through 12th grades begins by teaching basic outdoor skills and offers instructions to prepare for and conduct extended campouts. Advanced students learn backpacking, trip camping and even skills to rough it in primitive camping.

Adult Campcraft – Introduces adults to camping skills in order to increase their personal knowledge, abilities, and comfort levels with experiences in outdoor living. The levels are progressive and require satisfactory completion of the prior level for advancement. This program is also designed to prepare adults to teach the Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and other adults campcraft skills.

Frontiersman Level – This introduction into the adult campcraft program focuses on basic camp skills and prepares adults to teach all RA Campcraft levels and the Challengers Pathfinder level.

Outdoorsman Level – This intermediate campcraft level teaches intermediate camping skills and prepares adults to teach the Challengers Adventurer and Backpacker levels.

Voyager Level – This level focuses on advanced campcraft skills necessary for extended campouts that prepares adults to teach the Challengers Trip Camper and Primitive Camper levels.

Trip Leader Level – Teaches the skills necessary to lead others safely into extended wilderness trip camping experiences.

Instructor Level – These levels are designed to prepare adults to teach the various levels of the Adult Campcraft program.

State staffer

This program enables high school aged young men to serve in mission settings at RA and Challengers summer camps. Each young man that enters state staffer training will receive leadership training at our wilderness training facilities at Latham Springs Baptist Encampment during which a final selection of Regional State Staffers will be made during an evaluation meeting.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a follower of Jesus Christ and have a desire to be involved in missions.
  • A young man involved in the Challengers program who is at least age 14 by September 1st of the previous year.
  • Be approved by the Regional Challengers Director and State RA/Challengers Director.
  • Be in attendance for the full term of Leadership Training Camp.
  • Be willing to adjust his lifestyle to one that is acceptable to the staff leader and the people whom they serve.
  • Be available for service at summer camps, mission rallies and State Congress.
  • Use of any illegal substance is strictly forbidden (including tobacco, in any form or alcoholic drink).

The Regional State Staff is a voluntary position for which no salary will be given. This does not prevent a gift from being given to a staff member, nor does it exclude expense money from being furnished. Family insurance is the primary insurance at all times. Each camp will have secondary insurance. Staffers are not covered by Texas Baptist Men during travel to and from assignments. Texas Baptist Men will provide the following for the State Staffers:

  • A Challengers staff jacket.
  • Travel and camp fees involved in attending Leadership Training Camp.
  • Travel expenses to and from their assignments.

For more information and to receive an application packet to become a Regional State Staffer, contact Texas Baptist Men at 214.275.1123 or e-mail at keith.mack[at]tbmtx.org

DOWNLOADS

Request a State Staffer
Brochure
State Staffer Application
Request week off 
Leadership Training Camp information
State Staffer Video

THE LEGION OF HONOR AWARD

The Legion of Honor Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual in the area of Royal Ambassador and Challenger work. It is for men who have dedicated themselves the task of bringing boys and young men to God through Christ by fostering programs of mission education and mission action along with special emphasis upon personal involvement of the individual.

The Legion of Honor award began in 1973. Click on the Award Recipients link to view of list of those who have received this award. Click on the Nomination Form link to submit a nomination on-line or click on download a PDF to download a copy and return it to the state office for consideration. 

Previous Award Recipients

To Nominate an individual, fill out the Nomination Form online or download a PDF to fill out and mail in.

Outfitters

The Texas Baptist Men Outdoor Fellowship provides an opportunity for Christian men to network together in outdoor pursuits for fellowship and to share the message of Christ with individuals that do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is exactly the method that Jesus used in the first century. When the Master was out with fishermen, He took what they knew about fishing and taught them about God, even how to become fishers of men.

History

Royal Ambassadors began as an organization in 1908 and celebrated 100 years of being Ambassadors for Christ in 2008. Over 2.5 million boys and their leaders have participated in RAs and learned how to help others in Jesus’ name. Throughout the years countless lives have been changed as boys and their leaders have prayed for, given to, and participated in missions projects.

Click here to download a copy of the Royal Ambassadors history book. This book also includes information concerning Royal Ambassadors in Texas. Right-click on the link and select "Save Target As..." to save to your computer (30MB file size).