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Awards & Insignia

The Royal Rangers program utilizes a variety of awards and insignia to represent the various accomplishments of leaders and boys in the program. Some awards may be earned by both leaders and boys, while others may only be earned by one or the other. Each award carries specific requirements and is displayed in a specific manner on the uniform or awards vest. The information below provides details on the types of awards available in Royal Rangers and the manner in which each is used in the program.

NOTE:  Due to the significance of their role within the program, some awards require special approval.  Visit our Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details.

All awards used in Royal Rangers may be classified into the following general categories:

  • Advancement Awards
  • Service Awards
  • Honorary Awards
  • Training Awards
  • Special Awards

Advancement Awards

Advancement awards recognize boys for their accomplishments along the advancement trail. Each age group features a unique system of requirements & recognition referred to as the advancement trail. Boys are recognized for meeting certain requirements by receiving awards representing a series of advancement steps. All advancement steps are represented by a patch worn on the awards vest or on the right sleeve of the uniform. Advancement steps representing annual milestone accomplishments are also represented by a medal, ribbon, and neck medallion.

The award insignia for most advancement awards may be ordered directly from our online store.  However, due to their significance in the program, some awards require special approval.  Refer to the Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details.

Details concerning the advancement trails of each age group can be found on the advancement pages for each age group:

Service Awards

Service awards provide ongoing recognition for leaders or boys for their service and involvement in Royal Rangers. These awards typically require that a specified number of points be earned from a variety of categories during the course of a given year. Most service awards may be earned annually and require that an application be submitted to the district or national office.

Due to their significance in the program, some service awards require special approval from your district or the national Royal Rangers office.  See our Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details. Descriptions of all the service awards can be found on the Service & Honorary Awards page.

Honorary Awards

Honorary awards are those awarded to individuals in recognition for service or accomplishments for which no specific requirements are given, although general guidelines may exist. These awards are typically awarded at the discretion of the primary leader at the given organizational level. These awards typically cannot be applied for, although individuals recommending others for an award may be asked to provide written justification for their recommendation.

Due to their significance in the program, most honorary awards can only be obtained through your district or the national Royal Rangers office. See our Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details. Descriptions of all the honorary awards can be found on the Service & Honorary Awards page.

Training Awards

Training awards provide recognition to leaders and boys for their training accomplishments in Royal Rangers. Some training awards represent the completion of specific training programs (such as Ranger Basics or National Rangers Ministry Camp) while other represent the completion of a training level (such as Ready, Safety, Trained, or Advanced).

Details on the various training awards and insignia and the manner in which they should be worn on the uniform or awards vest can be found on the Uniforms page.

Due to their significance in the program, most training awards and related products can only be obtained through your district or the national Royal Rangers office.  See our Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details.

Special Awards

Special awards consist of recognition items that cannot be classified under any other award category.  Some special awards are restricted, while others are not.  See our Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details.

Insignia

Insignia serve to represent the awards an individual has received or to identify an individual as a member of a particular group or groups within the program. Individuals wearing a dress or utility uniform will wear insignia representing a variety of memberships such as their outpost, district, and age group. Additional insignia may also be worn to represent an individual membership in the FCF or RRA.

Due to their significance in the program, some insignia are restricted and can only be obtained through your district or the national Royal Rangers office.  See our Products & Awards Ordering Information page for details. Details on the manner and location in which insignia should be worn on the uniform can be found on the uniforms page.