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Discovery Rangers Advancement Details

The Discovery Rangers Advancement Trail consists of three annual awards (Gold Falcon, Gold Hawk, and Gold Eagle) with four quarterly steps for each award (White, Red, Bronze, and Silver).  All Discovery Rangers begin their advancement process by earning the first quarterly step toward the first annual award (the White Falcon).  They then progress along the trail, earning awards in sequential order, based on the specified number and type of merits required for each step, until they earn the highest award in Discovery Rangers (the Gold Eagle).  Any merit from the specified category may be used to satisfy these requirements.  The numbers shown below represent the cummulative total number of merits required for each advancement step.

NOTE:  See also "New Member Requirements".

 

Year 1 - Trail to the Gold Falcon 

Advancement
Step
Bible
Merits1
Elective Skill Merits
(Blue or Green)
Required Blue
Skill Merit
2
Leadership Merits
(Red or Gold)
White Falcon 1 1    
Red Falcon 2 2    
Bronze Falcon 3 3    
Silver Falcon 4 4  1 1
Gold Falcon3 4 4 1 1

 

1 Bible Merits for Discovery Rangers must be ORANGE

2 The required Blue Skill Merits are Bible Knowledge, First Aid Skills, and Global Missions.

Additional requirement for the Gold Falcon award:

 

  • Recite from memory the Royal Rangers Pledge, Code, Motto, meaning of the points of the Emblem, and the Golden Rule.
  • Submit a Multiple Recipient Award Application for the Gold Falcon Award to the national office for processing. 

 

 

Year 2 - Trail to the Gold Hawk 

Advancement
Step
Bible
Merits1
Elective Skill Merits
(Blue or Green)
Required Blue
Skill Merit
2

Leadership Merits
(Red or Gold)

White Hawk 5 5 1 1
Red Hawk 6 6 1 1
Bronze Hawk 7 7 1 1
Silver Hawk 8 8 2 2
Gold Hawk4 8 8 2 2

 

1 Bible Merits for Discovery Rangers must be ORANGE

2 The required Blue Skill Merits are Bible Knowledge, First Aid Skills, and Global Missions.

Additional requirements for the Gold Hawk award:

  • Recite from memory the Royal Rangers Pledge, Code, Motto, meaning of the points of the Emblem, and the Golden Rule.
  • Be a Gold Falcon award recipient for no less than 6 months, or be a graduate of the 3rd grade.
  • Serve in one or more leadership positions in Discovery Rangers for at least 6 months.
  • Demonstrate your ability to present the plan of salvation to someone.
  • Submit a Multiple Recipient Award Application for the Gold Hawk to the national office for processing. 

 

Year 3 - Trail to the Gold Eagle 

Advancement
Step
Bible
Merits1
Elective Skill Merits
(Blue or Green)
Required Blue
Skill Merit
2
Leadership Merits
(Red or Gold)
White Eagle 9 9 2 2
Red Eagle 10 10 2 2
Bronze Eagle 11 11 2 2
Silver Eagle 12 11 3 4
Gold Eagle5 12 11 3 4

 NOTE:  All numbers are cumulative.

 

1 Bible Merits for Discovery Rangers must be ORANGE

2 The required Blue Skill Merits are Bible Knowledge, First Aid Skills, and Global Missions.

5 Additional requirements for the Gold Eagle award:

  • Recite again from memory the Royal Rangers Pledge, Code, Motto, meaning of the points of the Emblem, and the Golden Rule.
  • Be a Gold Hawk award recipient for no less than 9 months, or be a graduate of the 4th grade.
  • Serve in one or more leadership positions in Discovery Rangers for an additional six months.
  • Demonstrate your ability to present the plan of salvation to someone.
  • Submit a Gold Eagle Award Application to the national office for processing.

 

Bronze Buffalo Award

Once a boy has completed the Discovery Rangers advancement trail and has earned the Gold Eagle award he may choose to begin earning merits for Advanture Rangers or continue earning additional merits for Discovery Rangers.  Boys who continue earning merits for Discovery Rangers may be eligible to earn Bronze Buffalo awards.  See "Buffalo Awards" for details.

 

NOTE:  See also the "Advancement Restrictions" page for more information.