Ranger Award

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.

Ranger candidates must complete eight challenging core requirements.

  • First Aid
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Communications
  • Leave No Trace
  • Cooking
  • Land Navigation
  • Conservation

And four of 18 challenging electives:

  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering
  • Cave Exploring
  • Outdoor Living History
  • Cycling/Mountain Biking
  • Physical Fitness
  • Ecology
  • Plants and Wildlife
  • Equestrian
  • Project COPE
  • First Aid
  • Scuba
  • Fishing
  • Shooting Sports
  • Hunting
  • Watercraft
  • Lifesaver
  • Winter Sports


Ranger candidates can earn requirements on their own or with other Venturers. 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 Venturing Awards and Recognition Handbook. Venturers who have completed the requirements should have their Advisor review the  completed requirements, verify completion of the award, and order the award and certificate through the local Scout shop.


After months of experiencing and acquiring skills on a wide variety of outdoor/high-adventure interests and sharing those skills with others, the Ranger will receive a sterling silver medal that features a powder horn superimposed over a compass dial. The medal is worn suspended from a green and white ribbon, which is suspended from a silver Ranger bar.

  • Award Medal, No. 04184
  • Bar, No. 04185
  • Certificate, No. 33663
  • Pocket Certificate, No. 33646