By Darryl Alder
Nov 28, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions about the Ranger Award

ranger awardThe Venturing Motto is Lead the Adventure

High adventure and the outdoors have always been of interest to young folks as well as an important part of the BSA program. Because of the attraction of high adventure, the Ranger Award is available to all Venturing youth members of the Boy Scouts of America.

The purpose of the award is to encourage Venturers to achieve a high level of outdoor skills proficiency; recognize achievement of this high level of outdoor skills proficiency; provide a path for outdoor/high-adventure skills training; and establish Rangers as a highly trained leadership resource for crews, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the community.

The Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills advancement program. Once earned, it will identify a Ranger as a person who is highly skilled at a variety of outdoor sports and interests, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others in activities. Rangers can be a great program asset to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and others.

Where Can I Find Complete Requirements?

Ranger candidates must complete eight challenging core requirements.Click here for the full requirements or see the Venturer/Ranger Handbook (No. 33494).

Vent_bronze_metal_outHow Does the Rangers Award differ from the Outdoor Bronze Award?

For the Outdoor Bronze Award, a Venturer must complete four core requirements and two electives. By earning that award, he or she is halfway to the Ranger Award—Venturers who have received the Outdoor Bronze Award need to complete only four more of the core requirements and two more electives to qualify for the Ranger Award. (This Award is pictured to the right.)

Can Work Done Prior to Venturing Count Toward the Ranger Award?

Yes, but only in the case of certifications (BSA Lifeguard, for example) that are still valid.

Can Venturers Work Together on Requirements?

Yes, they may work on their own, with other Venturers, or as a crew.

How Do We Overcome a Lack of Expertise On Certain Topics?

Venturers can work with outside consultants to complete these requirements. The Advisor must approve the consultants.

Some of the Core and Elective Requirements Seem to Overlap, Can Venturers Get Double Credit?

Yes. The only exception is the tabletop display or presentation. See the Venturer/Ranger Handbook for details.

Is a Board of Review Required?

There is no Board of Review for this award

What Recognition Items Are Available?

ranger_awardThe Ranger Award (available at your Scout Shop) is a sterling-silver medal featuring a powder horn superimposed over a compass dial. Also available are a campaign-style ribbon bar, a certificate (No. 33663), and a pocket certificate (No. 33646). Scouting historians may recognize that the award is similar in design (and requirements) to the Ranger program of the 1940s.

Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. B2Y by FOS FinalWe invite you to get social with this article:





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One thought on “Frequently Asked Questions about the Ranger Award

  1. Steve SutherlandSteve Sutherland

    This is a great opportunity for young people to participate in challenging and high adventure experiences that can help shape their lives; and receive formal recognition for it. The ultimate rewards are the foundation principles (e.g., ambition, setting & achieving stretch goals, tenacity, courage, perseverance, discipline, creativity… to name a few) they will be constructing and putting into their lives which can lead to a life time of future successes.


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