Royal Rangers will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its 10th quadrennial Royal Rangers National Camporama at the national Royal Rangers campgrounds in Eagle Rock July 9 through July 13.
"We've been looking forward to this event for a long time," said Doug Marsh, Royal Rangers national director. "We'll be celebrating 50 years in Royal Rangers, and we're believing this will be our best camporama yet."
According to Marsh, the 2012 National Camporama will be attended by more than 5,000 men and boys.
The event will offer a variety of activities including sports tournaments, archery competitions and lumberjack demonstrations. The most popular activity will likely be the new rappelling tower and high ropes challenge course recently installed at the camp, said Marsh.
"This course is something we really think our boys are going to get excited about," said Marsh. "Our rappelling tower is more than 50 feet high with a zip line almost 500 feet long, and our ropes course features several elements with an additional 300-foot zip line. This thing is really going to be fun."
Most of the activities are limited to registered campers, however visitors are welcome to tour the camp and see the activities and demonstrations. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Directions can be found online at www.eaglerockmissouri.org.
Royal Rangers is a mentoring program for future men that provides Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment. The organization's mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders.
Launched in 1962, Royal Rangers has grown to include active programs in 86 countries. The National Camporama brings men and boys from across the nation and around the world together for an extended outdoor experience.