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Service & Honorary Awards

The following is a brief description of the various medals and awards available to Royal Rangers to honor boys and leaders for their service to the program.  Some of these awards may be earned annually according to a specific list of requirements.  Others are presented in recognition of special acts or terms of service.  For more informaton specific to each award please refer to the award applications available for viewing or download from our Resources page.  Please note that this list does not include awards associated with the boy's advancement system or the training programs (adult and junior).  Information on those awards may be found on the advancement and training pages of this site, respectively.

NOTE:  Please refer to the specified order of wear when wearing multiple awards on the Royal Rangers uniform.

 

Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor represents the highest award a boy or leader may receive in Royal Rangers. It is presented to individuals who have saved the life of another at the risk of their own. This award requires approval from the national Royal Rangers office. See application for details.

National Medal of Merit

The National Medal of Merit is awarded to Royal Rangers boys or adult leaders who have demonstrated exemplary service, dedication, and devotion to the national Royal Rangers program. This award is presented at the discretion of the national Royal Rangers office. Recommendations may be submitted for consideration to rangers@ag.org.

Medal of Courage

The Medal of Courage is similar to the Medal of Valor in that it is presented to boys or leaders who have saved the life of another person.  However, this award does not require that the rescuer’s own life be at risk.  This award requires approval from the national Royal Rangers office. See application for details.

FCF Flame of Honor

This honor is given by the national Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship chairman and president to individuals who have demonstrated unselfish acts of service and devotion to the purposes of Royal Rangers. Recommendations may be submitted for consideration to rangers@ag.org.

RRA Lifetime Service Award

This award is given by the national Royal Rangers Alumni chairman and president to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of service to Royal Rangers. Recommendations may be submitted for consideration to rangers@ag.org.

National Outstanding Service Award

The National Outstanding Service Award is given to both boys and adult leaders. They are awarded to individuals for recognition of outstanding service to Royal Rangers. The National Outstanding Service Medal is awarded by the national Royal Rangers office at the discretion of the national director. Recommendations may be submitted for consideration to rangers@ag.org.

Medal of Excellence

The Medal of Excellence is awarded to local outpost leaders who have completed the Outpost Leadership track of the Rangers Ministry Academyand taken at least one boy on a journey culminating in earning the highest medal in any of the four Rangers groups. See application for details.

Missions Project Award

The Missions Project Award is presented to boys or leaders who have participated in any denominationally approved home or international missions trip or project lasting a minimum of five days, not including travel.  This award is presented at the local level at the discretion of outpost leaders.  No application is required.

National Executive Leadership Award

The National Executive Leadership Award is for organizational leaders who serve as members of the national Royal Rangers executive committee, and have demonstrated outstanding service in attaining the goals of the Royal Rangers program. See application for details.

National Leadership Award

The National Leadership Award is for organizational leaders who serve at the regional level or other national support staff personnel who have demonstrated outstanding service in attaining the goals of the Royal Rangers program. Junior leaders serving as National or Territorial FCF Scouts  are eligible to receive this award.  See application for details.

District Medal of Merit

The medal of merit is given to Royal Rangers boys and adult leaders. They are for individuals who have demonstrated exemplary effort and commitment to Royal Rangers. The District Medal of Merit is awarded by and at the discretion of the district Royal Rangers director.  Contact your district director for details.

District Outstanding Service Award

The District Outstanding Service Award is given to both boys and adult leaders. They are awarded to individuals for recognition of outstanding service to Royal Rangers. The District Outstanding Service Medal is awarded by the district at the discretion of the district director.

District Executive Leadership Award

The District Executive Leadership Award is for all organizational leaders who serve on the istrict Royal Rangers executive team and have demonstrated outstanding ability in achieving the goals of the Royal Rangers ministry.  See application for details.

District Leadership Award

The District Leadership Award is for all district support staff members and sectional staff members who have demonstrated outstanding ability in achieving the goals of the Royal Rangers ministry.  Junior leaders serving as District FCF Scouts or Assistant Scouts are eligible to receive this award.  See application for details.

Pastor's Award

The Pastor's Award is awarded to pastors in recognition for their support of the Royal Rangers outpost. The outpost coordinator or the outpost committee can confer the award to the pastor.  See application for details.

Outpost Coordinator's Award

This medal is for outpost coordinators who have demonstrated outstanding ability in achieving the goals of the Royal Rangers ministry.  See application for details.

Outpost Leadership Award

The Outpost Leadership Award is for group commanders who have demonstrated outstanding ability in achieving the goals of the Royal Rangers ministry.  See application for details.

Outpost Service Award

The Outpost Service Award is a special achievement award for outpost leaders such as assistant commanders, chaplains, and outpost committee members (other than group commanders) who have demonstrated outstanding service in achieving the goals of the overall Royal Rangers
ministry.  See application for details.

Junior Leaders Service Award

This award is for junior commanders, senior patrol leaders, assistant senior patrol leaders, and patrol leaders who have demonstrated outstanding ability in achieving the goals of the Royal Rangers ministry. Applicants must be at least eleven years of age and have earned the Adventure Rangers Bronze Medal of Achievement or Expedition Rangers E1 Award.  See application for details.

Historical Training Ribbon

Historical Training Ribbon is a ribbon representing an award received for the completion of a training program no longer used in Royal Rangers.

Trail of the Saber

The Trail of the Saber is an award giving special recognition to boys who take full advantage of the junior leadership development opportunities available in their outpost and district. The award acknowledges the growth in servant leadership experienced in this process, starting in Discovery or Adventure Rangers and continuing through Expedition Rangers.  Although this award may only be earned by boys, the award medal and ribbon may continue to be worn on the Royal Rangers uniform after a boy graduates into the ranks of adult leadership.

Special Service Award

Any leader from outpost to national level can present this award. Its purpose is to honor individuals eighteen or older who have made significant contributions, service, or support to the Royal Rangers ministry. The award may be given to Royal Rangers leader or to people outside of the organization.  No application is required.

Merits

Merits represent the fundamental building blocks of the Discovery, Adventure, and Expedition Rangers advancement systems. Boys advance based on the number of merits earned in each category. Merits are categorized in color groups according to the type of material covered, such as leadership, skills, or Bible.  For more information on merits and how they are used in the advancement system, visit the advancement page of each age group.

Flying Wings Award

This award is for boys and leaders who have obtained their FAA Private Pilot rating or other federally recognized flight certificate.

Mile Awards - 25, 50, and 100

These patches, which are placed on the boy’s or leader’s awards vest, signify that he has participated in a 25-, 50-, or 100-mile trek. The trek involves: biking, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, or a combination of these on a single trek (i.e., the miles cannot be added up over several different treks; they must be accomplished on a single outing). The awards are intended to motivate boys and men to explore God’s creation on extended trips.

These activities are recommended for Adventure Rangers, Expedition Rangers, and adult leaders, although Discovery Rangers can be included (for example, on the 25-mile activities). Only the most seasoned Royal Rangers should attempt to complete the 100-mile trek. As with any Rangers outing, you need to exercise safety and careful forethought.  Consult with experienced outdoorsmen when planning these activities.

 

For more informaton specific to each award please refer to the award applications available for viewing or download from our Resources page.