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.
Be an FCF member in good standing with your chapter and district. "Member in good standing" is defined as having participated in at least one FCF event or activity during the last 12 months and being actively involved in a charted Royal Rangers outpost.
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.
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 – 15 hours
• Church – 15 hrs.
• Community – 5 hrs.
• Missions – 5 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 – 30 hours
• Church – 30 hrs.
• Community – 10 hrs.
• Missions – 10 hrs.
To attain Free Trapper status a member must accumulate a minimum of 95 hours of service, dividing the hours into these categories:
• Outpost – 45 hours
• Church – 45 hrs.
• Community – 25 hrs.
• World Missions – 25 hrs.
For each additional sixty 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 240 hours he would receive a numeral 2. At 300 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: 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.
• Church: 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.
• Community: Service hours beyond the outpost and the church. These efforts will represent the church in the community. The service rendered must be coordinated with the pastoral leadership in advance to best represent the church in the community. Involving as many Royal Rangers as possible is encouraged, especially when done in conjunction with earning leadership merits of any color.
• Missions: Service hours that specifically benefit Royal Rangers’ priority missions initiatives- Royal Rangers International, Pathfinder Missions, BGMC Master’s Toolbox, and Speed the Light. Visit the national Royal Rangers ministry Web sites for links to these ministry Web sites and for ways to get involved. While hours devoted to other ministries is worthwhile, only hours devoted to one or more of these four ministries may be counted as missions hours for Trappers Brigade. (Note: In a non-AG outpost, members should support the middle and high school-age missions program of their denomination.)