The American Rangers Catholic Youth Ministry was founded in St. Louis, Missouri as a Catholic, virtue-based character formation and life skill development program dedicated to preparing boys for virtuous, rugged manhood.
The focus of the American Rangers is on the development and enhancement of leadership principles, key character traits, decision-making processes, self-reliance, woodcraft, wilderness survival, manual tradecraft and teamwork. All activities are infused with moral, spiritual and character formation. The intent is "challenging fun" – enjoying camaraderie while being tested and prepared mentally, physically and spiritually (“in Mind, Body and Soul”) for life's journey.
The American Rangers program officially began in the summer of 2013 with the inaugural Ranger Initiation Program (RIP) and a commissioning ceremony for the very first Ranger Patrol. Over 100 boys and their families participated in the event.