Bible merits represent one of the three categories of merits used in the advancement systems for Discovery and Adventure Rangers and provide the discipleship process by which boys and young men are shaped into Christlike manhood. Boys must earn a prescribed number of Bible, skill, and leadership merits for each step of their advancement trail.
Discovery Rangers must earn one orange Bible merit for each of their quarterly advancement steps. Orange Bible merits are earned by completing any (8) Bible lessons from any of the 24 orange Bible lesson sets available in the Discovery Rangers track of TRaCclub.*
Adventure Rangers must earn one brown Bible merit for each of their quarterly advancement steps. Brown Bible merits are earned by completing any (8) Bible lessons from any of the 24 brown Bible lesson sets available in the Adventure Rangers track of TRaCclub.*
Each Bible lesson set (orange or brown) has been specifically written to address one of five key subject areas of particular significance to boys and young men:
To complete each lesson, the boys READ a story, article, or passage of scripture together as a group, REFLECT on what they’ve read by group discussion, and RESPOND to the message by defining ways they can apply the concept in their daily lives. The boys are also encouraged to continue their individual spiritual progress through a personal daily Bible reading plan of their choosing.
*Leaders have the option of creating their own Bible lessons or using lessons from another source for up to (2) of the (8) lessons required for each merit. Those (2) lessons may be taken for any material approved by their church leadership.
At present, the orange Bible lessons follow a slightly different format than the brown Bible lessons. Therefore, when using the ORANGE Discovery Ranger Bible lessons, please consider the following:
When using the BROWN Adventure Rangers Bible merits, please consider this:
Boys receive recognition for the merits they have completed by receiving a merit patch that is worn on the awards vest. He may also wear an award ribbon on his Utility Uniform or Dress Uniform. One award ribbon is worn representing all merits of a particular color category (red, blue, orange, gold, green, brown, sky blue, or silver). A numeral may be worn on the ribbon to indicate the number of merits of that color the boy has earned.
Boys may also be presented with award certificates for merits and other awards he receives. Full-color award certificates are available for purchase through Gospel Publishing House. Outposts may also create their own certificates using the Bible merit patch artwork included in the Leaders Track of TRaCclub. Merit patches for all Bible merits can be purchased through Gospel Publishing House.