Three Royal Rangers achieve highest honor

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by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 16, 2020) – On Sunday, January 5, Nathan Duesing, Joshua Lewis, and Collin McAteer achieved the highest honor available to members of the Royal Rangers program. The three young men were awarded the Gold Medal of Achievement.

From left: Nathan Duesing, Joshua Lewis, and Collin McAteer were honored with the Royal Rangers Gold Medal of Achievement at Living Word Church in January. (Photo provided)

Royal Rangers is similar to Boy Scouts in terms of character development and skills-based activities, but as a faith-based organization the Royal Rangers’ focus is on spiritual growth. The website explains, “Our mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders. We provide Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment.”

The Gold Medal of Achievement is comparable to Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scout program. It requires many years of continuous effort in Royal Rangers, and meeting a list of program requirements before the age of 18.

Living Word Church (2248 186th Street, Lansing) is a Royal Rangers “outpost,” and they hold a Council of Achievement three times each year. Badges are awarded at those Council events. The January Council of Achievement included a Court of Honor at which Duesing, Lewis, and McAteer received their Gold Medals of Achievement.

The Gold Medal of Achievement winners posed with fellow Royal Rangers and representatives from the Royal Rangers national organization. David Blaski (top row, third from left) serves as the Royal Ranger Commander at Living Word Church. (Photo provided)

Living Word Church is located at 2248 186th Street in Lansing, Illinois.

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