Patches are for more than just bicycle tires, blue jean knees, driveways, marriages, and computer software.
For many generations, patches have also been an important part of Royal Ambassadors®!
Do your RAs earn patches and awards for their accomplishments? Many chapters across North America do.
Wayne Cooper, from Hillwood Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, said that one of the patches his boys like to earn is the RA World Walk Patch (M127152). His boys take pledges during October and then at the end of October or beginning of November, they hold their hike. Dads are encouraged to attend and spend the day with their sons. Wayne’s children’s minister leads a devotional for the group and they enjoy a sack lunch together. Last year, Hillwood’s RAs raised over $100 for the World Hunger Fund.
Austin Reason is the RA leader at Hillmon Grove Baptist Church in Cameron, North Carolina. Austin says that when he gives a new RA a vest and his RA Membership Patch (M127141), he sees a sense of accomplishment in the boy’s eyes! Austin’s oldest son is one of his RAs. As they were looking at the various patches available to RAs, his son asked about the World Walk Patch. When his son learned what it represented, he immediately said, “I know the perfect place for us to do our walk!” This weekend, Austin and his RAs will be holding their first World Walk, with a goal of raising $201 for the World Hunger Fund!
Royal Ambassadors can earn many awards through the RA program. These awards are presented to members in recognition of their achievement when they complete the requirements for each award. You can download information about how to award RA patches at awards at our Web site.
Patches and awards should be presented to the boys soon after they have earned them. Immediate recognition is a good way to reinforce their positive action and to build excitement among the other boys.
Plan to have recognition services several times a year to present the patches and awards to boys in front of the church. Be sure to invite the people who are most significant in each boy’s life to witness the award presentation (parents, family members, pastor, church members, others). Make the recognition service a special day for the boy and those close to him. These special recognitions will soon become a favorite activity on your church’s calendar!
To learn more about RA Advancement, how to place RA patches and awards on their vests, and other information needed to begin giving patches, check out the RA Web site.
Do you have more great stories about earning or presenting RA patches and awards? Maybe a funny story we could share with others? If so, send those to us at RA@wmu.org.
By M. Steve Heartsill
Managing Editor, RA and Challengers®