Similarities between Exploring and Venturing.
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Background and Purpose
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 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; 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.
Ranger candidates must complete eight challenging core requirements:
- First Aid
- Wilderness Survival
- Emergency Preparedness
- Leave No Trace
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And four of eighteen challenging electives:
- Cave Exploring
- Project COPE
- Cycling/Mountain Biking
- First Aid
- Outdoor Living History
- Physical Fitness
- Plants and Wildlife
- Shooting Sports
- Winter Sports
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.
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. Advisors and consultants must sign a Ranger
candidate's record sheet found in the Ranger Guidebook.
The Ranger Award
After months of experiencing and acquiring skills on a wide variety of
outdoor/high adventure interests, 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.
A cloth Ranger bar is also available.