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Trail of the Saber

Revised 3/1/16

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.  (See order of wear)

Requirements for the Trail of the Saber

In order to receive the Trail of the Saber award the following requirements must be met.  Once complete, an application must be submitted to the National Royal Rangers Office for processing.

Category Requirements
Leadership Merits Earn eight (8) leadership merits of any color (red, gold, or sky blue).
District Camps

Complete the following  district junior leadership training events; Junior Training Camp (JTC) and Advanced Junior Training Camp (AJTC).

Complete two *Action Camp.

Completing Junior Academy (JA) will count as one *Action Camp.

* Recognized Action Camps by the National Royal Ranger Office (See list of recognized Action Camps online)

Links for all these training events can be found on the district junior leadership training events page.


Read the leadership distinctives for all 18 leadership merits (72 distinctives in all).  These may be found in the book entitled A Guy’s Journey to Servant Leadership by Doug Marsh or on TRaCclub.

Read the book Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley.

Age Be at least 14 years of age and a graduate of the 9th grade.  Must be earned before reaching 18 years of age.

NOTE:  The Trail of the Saber award is represented by a medal, ribbon, or patch on the uniform and does not represent an actual saber.  However, recipients may be presented with a saber as a symbolic gesture representing the award.  For guidelines relating to the wearing of a saber with the uniform, click here.

Please note also that this award is not a direct equivalent to or replacement for the previous Expedition Rangers Leadership Award.  Individuals who have earned the ER Leadership Award must complete the additional requirements before thier 18th birthday, in order to earn the Trail of the Saber award.

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