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Recommend Merit Schedule

December 9, 2020

The advancement trails for Discovery Rangers (grades 3–5), Adventure Rangers (grades 6–8), and Expedition Rangers (grades 9–12) are largely based on the completion of a specified number of skill merits. Groups may choose from a list of over 200 merits currently available. However, some merits require special facilities, gear, or expertise to teach effectively. In order to assist you in identifying merits that may be most suitable for new groups, we recommend the following skills in each age group.

The lists below represent the popular merits that typically require little or no previous experience in that subject area and require facilities and gear commonly available in most churches. General information on merits as well as specific requirements for each merit can be found on our Merits Homepage. Merits indicated as “required” are those that must be earned in order to complete the advancement trail for that age group. Details on the advancement system for each age group can be found on the Advancement Page.

RECOMMENDED MERITS FOR DISCOVERY RANGERS

Quarter

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Fall

Weather

First Aid Skills*

Wildlife

Winter

Models & Design

Art

Hobby

Spring

Tool Craft

Safety

Cooking

Summer

Bible Knowledge (blue)*

BGMC

Global Missions (blue)*

Other

Family Life

Church

104

Leadership

101

102

103

 

RECOMMENDED MERITS FOR ADVENTURE RANGERS

Quarter

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Fall

Emergency Prep.

Healthy Body*

Computers

Winter

Carpentry

Home Repair

Puppeteer

Spring

Camping

Camp Safety

Fire Safety

Summer

Bible Knowledge (green)*

Christian Missions

Global Missions (green)*

Other

Bachelor

Home Safety

204

Leadership

201

202

203

 

RECOMMENDED MERITS FOR EXPEDITION RANGERS

Quarter

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Fall

Cinematography

Public Health

Citizenship*

Winter

Plumbing

Woodworking

Winter Camping

Spring

Wilderness Survival

Budget & Finance*

Auto Mechanics

Summer

Bible Doctrines*

Speed the Light

World Missions

Other

Fine Arts Festival

American Cultures

304

Leadership

301

302

303

 

Note that this schedule features some significant characteristics:

  • One of the three required merits* for each age group is featured each year, which meets the requirements for each group’s annual awards.
  • Merits featured in summer quarters are similar between groups, allowing for the possibility of combining groups during the summer months when attendance may be lower.
  • Merits featured during the winter quarters involve activities suitable for indoors, while those featured in the spring often involve outdoor activity.

 

WHAT ABOUT RANGER KIDS?
The advancement trail for Ranger Kids (grades K–2) does not include the completion of merits. It includes “achievement awards,” which are similar to merits but much simpler to be more suitable for younger boys. Information on achievement awards can be found in the Ranger Kids curriculum on TRaCclub.