Rex Chaney started Royal Rangers as a 9 year old boy. His mother found in the Pentecostal Evangel that the Assemblies of God was starting a boys program like Boy Scouts. He had been a Boy Scout for about a year when the leadership stopped the program. He was ready for Rangers and loved camping. Soon after it began, Rex became a Pioneer in Miami, Oklahoma.
The outpost meetings started out working on the merits, but in a time prior to leadership training, they quickly became basketball nights. With no leadership training and a lack of commitment, Rangers stopped for a very disappointed Rex.
Also known as “Miami”, Rex joined FCF in 1976 in the Indian Nation Chapter FCF in Oklahoma, and advanced to the rank of Wilderness by 1982. He has served in a variety of positions in Royal Rangers and FCF which include: Senior Commander, Outpost Commander, District Training Coordinator, District FCF President, Territorial FCF Representative, National FCF Scribe, and National FCF Field Advisor.
He has attended NTC, WNTC, completed the Blue and Gold LMA, and has been a Certified LTC Instructor and Instructor Trainer.
Rex has always been involved at the local level and at the sectional level, either as a commander or Senior Commander, taking part in many father and son events, winter campouts, and FCF nights.
He has been a part of the Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Arizona, and Northern California/Nevada Districts.
When asked what has kept him involved all this time, Rex says: “God in my life. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. I enjoy the fellowship, and the ability to work with men and boys in the church. To see these boys and leaders grow and change, and
become better leaders.”
In the early 1990’s Rex was part of the group of men who developed the concept of the Frontier Adventure. “I remember working with Paul Rainwater on the new version of the Frontier Adventure. How we wanted to make it exciting and memorable for the men and boys. To be able for them to step back in time and really learn about the skills of the frontiersmen, versus the old initiation ceremony activities. It seems so much better for all, to be able to live in a teepee for a night, actually leave with something for your outfit. I think people really see what FCF is all about now, with the current adventure.”
With his love of camping, FCF was a natural extension of that interest. “I enjoy recreating the early mountainman time period in our history. I love camping, and there is nothing better than being outside in the wilderness, sleeping in a teepee, sharing with your friends.”
Rex’s thoughts on the mission of FCF: “FCF is the foundation of the Royal Rangers. I think we offer another growth avenue for men and boys. Not everyone is going to be interested in the frontier part of FCF, but I think we can appeal to all boys and men, being a service organization. I know the FCF mountainman activity and clothes are cool to most, but not everyone is interested in that, but perhaps all could be a part of the FCF, in a service level, serving the church and the Royal Rangers. The mission trips, other community activities, etc. Maybe we need to realize that there might not be people out there that like to camp, or wear frontier outfits, but they may still want to be a part of the FCF in its service thinking. You can be a part of FCF, and maybe not be so totally involved in the re-enactment part. Service is service and the foundation is there. We are a part of Royal Rangers, and can support them and the church in all areas...there were a lot of back stage workers in the mountainman era that never went into the mountains...they helped in other areas....who knows...a whole new part of FCF, that offers work in Rangers and the church, under the FCF name. I think the FCF is pretty free, and progressive to try new things, even though our focus is the old history.