Outdoor/high adventure is the largest and fastest growing interest in
the Boy Scouts of America. 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 Venturing youth members of the Boy Scouts of
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; establish Rangers as a highly trained
leadership resource for crews, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the
The Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high
adventure skills advancement program. Once earned, it will identify a
Ranger as an elite outdoorsman who is skilled at a variety of outdoor
sports and interest, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or
assist others in activities. Rangers can be great program asset to Cub
Scout packs and Boy Scout troops.
How to Become a Ranger
This is not an easy, quick award to earn. It will take planning,
time, initiative, and plenty of hard work. It will probably take you
over a year to complete all the requirements, but that too will
speak to your determination and staying power, two more attributes
of a Ranger.
There are two types of requirements: Core
requirements and Electives
In the core area, you will achieve a high level of proficiency in
the areas of:
In addition to the eight core requirements,
you must complete at least four of the 18 electives. They are:
Venturers, who have received the Outdoor Bronze Award, need
only complete four of the core requirements and two electives to
qualify for the Ranger Award, since they already have completed four
core requirements and two electives already.
There are a variety of ways to approach these requirements. Many
requirements you must do completely on your own. Others you might
choose to do on your own or with others, such as scuba
certification. Others your crew might decide to do as a crew, such
as Project COPE. The key is to have a plan and to have initiative.
Not everyone will be a Ranger;
only those who are willing to learn, work hard, and meet the
requirements will be known as Rangers.
You may work with outside consultants who have expertise in the
area you are working in, such as a scuba dive instructor for the
scuba diving requirement or a certified first aid instructor for the
first aid requirement. However, you must have these consultants
preapproved by your Advisor. Consultants may initial and date your Ranger
you have completed the requirement.
Once you have completed a requirement, have your Advisor or the
consultant who worked with you on your requirement initial and date
when you complete all eight core requirements and at least four
electives, have your Advisor review your completed requirements,
certify your completion of the Ranger Award requirements, and order
your Ranger Award.
You may receive multiple credit for requirements, such as using
an American Red Cross Emergency Response Course for credit in the
first aid core requirement and for the first aid and lifesaver
electives. The only time you cannot receive multiple credit is when
you are required to do a tabletop display or presentation. If a core
requirement or elective requires you to do a tabletop display or
presentation on a particular subject, then it must be done just on
that subject, not two or more at a time.
All core requirements and electives require you to do work as a
Venturer. As an example, you may have earned the Backpacking merit
badge as a Boy Scout, but you must do all that is required in the
Ranger backpacking elective as a Venturer. Some core requirements
and electives require some type of certification, such as scuba Open
Water Diver, Standard First Aid, or BSA Lifeguard. This
certification may be used regardless of when you received it as long
as the certification is still current.
Above information from Ranger
33494C), 2006 printing.