Ranger, Quest, and TRUST Awards with cross-references for related Venturing Awards.
1. Award medal
2a. Ranger bar (pin)
2b. Ranger bar (cloth)
The Venturing Ranger Award builds directly on the Outdoor Bronze Award. High adventure and the outdoors have always been of interest to young Americans 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.
The Award medal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket, Ranger bar (pin) is centered on left pocket flap, the Ranger bar (cloth) may be alternately used to avoid pin backing.
Venturers may also earn:
- Sports Bronze Award
- Religious and Community Life Bronze Award
- Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award
- Outdoor Bronze Award
- Sea Scout Bronze Award
- Expert-level awards
In addition, four of the five bronze awards fulfill partial requirements for Venturers continuing on and earning expert-level awards:
- The Sports Bronze Award requirements are part of the Quest Award.
- The Religious and Community Life Bronze Award part of the TRUST Award.
- The Outdoor Bronze Award part of the Ranger Award.
- The Sea Scout Bronze Award is a duplicate of the Sea Scout Ordinary rank requirements, and is necessary on the trail to earning the Quartermaster Award.
The first Ranger Medal was issued between 1946 and 1949 as part of the BSA's Explorer Program. The Ranger Award was re-introduced by the BSA in 1998 as part of the new Venturing program.
Ranger Award requirements
Do all eight of the following Ranger Award core requirements:
Standard First Aid
Requirement 1. Complete a standard first aid course or the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Basics or equivalent course.
Requirement 2. Do 2(a), (b), or (c).
Do (d), (e), or (f) in connection with an outdoor skill or area you are interested in. Have your Advisor approve your plan before you begin.
Leave No Trace
Requirement 7. (Before you begin wilderness survival, you must have completed the cooking, land navigation, and first aid core requirements.)
(Note: Remember to use the Leave No Trace principles you learned.)
Do four of the following Ranger Award elective requirements:
Ranger candidates can earn requirements. They can work on their own or with other Venturers. A crew may also work together. Candidates can work with outside consultants such as a scuba diving instructor, for instance. Advisors and consultants must sign a Ranger candidate's record sheet found in the Venturer/Ranger Handbook, No 33494C.
- 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.
- Venturers may complete requirements for the Outdoor Bronze Award and the Ranger Award concurrently. The Outdoor Bronze Award does not need to be completed before proceeding onto Ranger Award requirements.
1. First Aid
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See First Aid Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet - First Aid Kit - Emergency Kit - Guide to Safe Scouting - Physcial
- REI:Navigation Basics
- Topographical Maps Free US Geological Survey - Topozone.com - Google Satellite, Street, and Terrain Maps
6. Leave No Trace
|Leave No Trace-related awards|
7. Wilderness Survival
7. Cooking - Land Navigation - First Aid Core Requirements.
7a. Whitewater - Canoeing - Climbing - Meal Planning - First Aid Skills - Insurance - Outdoor Gear
7b. Wilderness Survival Skills
7c. Survival Signaling
7d. Hypothermia - Frostbite - Sunburn - Heat Exhaustion - Heat Cramps - Heat Stroke
7e. Hydration - Dehydration - Water Purification
7f. Campfire Setup - Campfire Types - Campfire Starting - Campfire Safety
7g. Weather Skills
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See Outdoor Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Hiking Skills - Hydration - Outdoor Gear - Tents - Water Purification - Weather Skills
7h. Knots: Sheet Bend - Fisherman's Knot - Bowline - Bowline on a Bight - Two Half Hitches - Clove Hitch - Timber Hitch - Taut-Line Hitch Square Lashing - Shear Lashing
7j. Survival Kit
7k. Wilderness Survival Skills - See the knots and lashings above. Leave No Trace
- 1 & 4
|Emergency Preparedness-related awards
2c: Reading Merit Badge
- 3, 5, & 7
- 6 & 8
|Personal development-related awards
- Venturing Ranger Award on the BSA scouting.org site.
- Venturing Bronze Award on the BSA scouting.org site.
- Venturing Quest Award on the BSA scouting.org site.