The Trappers Brigade is a service aspect of FCF that promotes the acitve and ongoing involvement of FCF members in service to their outpost, church, community and world.
To participate in the Trappers Brigade program an FCF member must meet the following qualifications:
Be actively involved in your local church, faithful in church attendance, tithing, missions giving; and honoring to church leadership.
Any FCF member who meets the above qualifications is encouraged to participate in Trappers Brigade.
The FCF member need not have received his Buckskin or Wilderness status to qualify.
Levels of Recognition
The Trappers Brigade provides three sequential levels of recognition to reward members for their service
hours. Members attain each level as they accumulate the required number of hours in each of four categories
– outpost, church, community, and missions.
To attain Company Trapper status a member must accumulate a minimum of 40 hours of service, dividing the hours into these categories:
• Outpost – 5 hours
• Church – 5 hrs.
• Community – 5 hrs.
• Missions – 5 hrs.
• Other – 20 hrs.
To attain Bourgeois (pronounced boohz-wah’) Trapper status, a member must accumulate a minimum of 80 hours of service, dividing the hours into these categories:
• Outpost – 10 hours
• Church – 10 hrs.
• Community – 10 hrs.
• Missions – 10 hrs.
• Other – 40 hrs.
To attain Free Trapper status a member must accumulate a minimum of 120 hours of service, dividing the hours into these categories:
• Outpost – 15 hours
• Church – 15 hrs.
• Community – 15 hrs.
• Missions – 15 hrs.
• Other – 60 hrs.
For each additional forty hours earned according to the above distribution, a Free Trapper receives a numeral to be placed on his Free Trapper insignia. This numeral represents the number of times he has reached Free Trapper status. For example, when he has accumulated a total of 160 hours he would receive a numeral 2. At 200 hours he would receive a numeral 3, etc
Qualifying service hours are those where a member volunteers his time (excluding travel time) with no consideration for wages, in the categories of outpost, church, community, or missions. Service hours must be reported to your chapter each year to qualify. Young Bucks must complete the service under the supervision of an adult leader.
• Outpost (5 hours): Service hours beyond weekly meetings, regular outings, and training. The outpost coordinator preapproves the efforts of the member to insure the service helps the outpost accomplish its “evangelize-equip-empower” mission. Projects may include but are not limited to: camp gear preparation, cleaning gear and packing for trips, meeting room cleaning and upkeep, outpost evangelism such as hand out Royal Rangers promotional material in the surrounding community, and outpost promotion like Web site and social media development with the approval of the outpost coordinator and his signature on the Trappers Brigade application.
• Church (5 hours): Service hours beyond the outpost. The pastor responsible for overseeing Royal Rangers in the local church preapproves the efforts of the member to insure the service helps the church accomplish the pastoral vision. The pastor will also sign the Trappers Brigade application. Service hours related to leadership merits of any color may be counted.
• Community (5 hours): Service hours beyond the outpost and the church. These efforts will represent the church in the community. The service rendered must be preapproved by pastoral leadership to best represent the church in the community. The pastor overseeing Royal Rangers in the local outpost will sign the Trappers Brigade application. Involving as many Royal Rangers as possible is encouraged, especially when done in conjunction with earning leadership merits of any color, as long as they have not been applied to church service.
• Missions (5 hours): Service hours that benefi t Royal Rangers’ priority missions initiatives are suggested—Royal Ranger International, PathFinder Missions, BGMC Master’s Toolbox, and Speed the Light. Hours may include both actual hours served in ministry and hours involved in the promotion of the missions initiatives, such as fund-raising. Visit the national Royal Rangers ministry Web site for links to these ministry Web sites for ways to get involved. Hours devoted to other Assemblies of God missions ministries are also worthwhile, and may be counted as missions hours for Trappers Brigade. The service rendered must be coordinated with pastoral leadership in advance to best represent the church’s missions efforts. The pastor will also sign the Trappers Brigade application.
Note: In a non-AG outpost, members should support the middle and high school-age missions program of their denomination.
• Other (20 hours): In addition to the four primary areas of service (Outpost, Church, Community, and Missions), Christian service performed in other areas other will qualify for additional Trappers Brigade hours. Service may include: Camporama/ Rendezvous work week, district work days, or volunteer service with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, etc. Service is verified and approved by either the outpost coordinator or the pastor responsible for oversight of Royal Rangers.