Ranger Award

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Ranger Award
Ranger Award.png
Medal and bar
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Created 1998
Awarded for Outdoor skills proficiency
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The Ranger Award is an award available to youth in the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America, to encourage and recognize proficiency in skills.


The medal is an antique silver colored roundel suspended from a white and green ribbon that is in turn suspended from a bar. The medal is inscribed with a compass rose with the BSA universal badge at the top and the word RANGER at the bottom. A powderhorn is in the center on a green enameled background. The bar is inscribed with RANGER. The Ranger bar is available as a separate item for informal uniform wear. As of 2012, there is no square knot insignia and no plans to add one, as the Venturing Silver is the highest award in Venturing and thus the only award on par to have a knot with Eagle Scout (Boy Scout and Varsity Scout programs), Quartermaster (Sea Scout program) and Arrow of Light (Cub Scout program).


To earn the Ranger Award, Venturers must complete requirements similar to Merit Badges, although they are more difficult to complete. For example, an Eagle Scout must earn the first aid merit badge, by becoming certified in standard first aid. To earn the first aid elective, a Ranger must compete a 24-hour emergency first aid course and the Red Cross When Help is Delayed Module. There are eight requirements, called Core Requirements, that must be earned by all Ranger Candidates. In addition, a Venturer must complete four out of eighteen requirements, called Electives.

Core requirements[edit]

To earn the Ranger Award, all Venturers must earn the following awards:

  1. First Aid
  2. Communications
  3. Cooking
  4. Emergency Preparedness
  5. Land Navigation
  6. Leave No Trace
  7. Wilderness Survival
  8. Conservation


To earn the Ranger Award, Venturers must earn four of the following:

  1. Backpacking
  2. Cave Exploring
  3. Cycling/Mountain Biking
  4. Ecology
  5. Equestrian
  6. First Aid (Different from the Core Requirement)
  7. Fishing
  8. Hunting
  9. Lifesaver (Lifeguarding)
  10. Mountaineering
  11. Outdoor Living History
  12. Physical Fitness
  13. Plants and Wildlife
  14. Project COPE
  15. Scuba
  16. Shooting Sports
  17. Watercraft
  18. Winter Sports


The first Ranger Medal was issued between 1946 and 1949 as part of the BSA's Explorer Scout Program. Although the Ranger program was officially discontinued in 1949, Explorer Scouts could continue work on the Ranger Award until 1951.[1] A total of 2,782 Explorers earned the original Ranger Award between 1944 and 1951.[2]

The Ranger Award was re-introduced by the BSA in 1998 as part of the new Venturing program. Adam Snyder of Waukegan, Illinois was the first Venturer to earn the Ranger Award in 1999.[3]

For Leaders[edit]

Scout Leaders interested in the Ranger award can take the Powder Horn (Boy Scouts of America).


  1. ^ "Ranger and Silver Awards Past and Present". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  2. ^ Brown, Michael. "A History of Senior Scouting Programs of the BSA". 
  3. ^ "Rangers Rock!". Scouting. November–December 1999. Retrieved 2008-03-13.