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Merits Homepage

Merits represent the building blocks of the Discovery, Adventure, and Expedition Rangers advancement systems.  Boys in these groups complete advancement steps as they progress through the system based on the number of merits earned in each category.  Merits are categorized by the color of the border on the merit patch and the type of material covered, such as leadership, skills, or Bible.

Skill Merits

Skill merits serve to build confidence and competency through the development of skills in a variety of subjects.  Completion of a specified number of skill merits is required for each advancement step in Discovery, Adventure, and Expedition Rangers.  Skill merits are classified into three color categories, with BLUE representing basic skills, GREEN representing intermediate skills, and SILVER representing advanced skills.

The following links provide access to pages where all skill merit requirements can be found.  Leader's teaching materials for skill merits, as well as patch artwork for certificates, can be found in TRaCclub, the Royal Rangers online resource delivery system.

Leadership Merits

Leadership Merits are a required advancement component for all Discovery, Adventure, and Expedition Rangers advancement trails. A Leadership Merit is earned by meeting the following requirements:

  • Complete (4) leadership lessons from any leadership lesson set found in TracClub,
  • Participate in a group service project

Upon meeting these requirements, a boy receives the next leadership merit for his age group.  Leadership merits are RED for Discovery Rangers, GOLD for Adventure Rangers, and SKY BLUE for Expedition Rangers. More information on Leadership Merits can be found on our Local Junior Leader Training page.  Leaders teaching materials and patch artwork for Leadership Merits are available exclusively through TRaCclub.

Bible Merits & Spirit Challenge Awards

Bible Merits represent the discipleship system for Discovery and Adventure Rangers.  A total of 30 Bible merits are available:  15 orange Bible merits for Discovery Rangers and 15 brown Bible merits for Adventure Rangers.  A Bible Merit is earned by completing any (8) Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons found in TracClub or any Bible lesson approved by your Pastor.

Spirit Challenge Awards represent the discipleship system for Expedition Rangers.  A total of (6) Spirit Challenge Awards are available, each with a different colored border.  A Spirit Challenge Award is earned by completing any (25) Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons found in TracClub or any Bible lesson approved by your Pastor.

  • 25 Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons = GREEN patch
  • 50 Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons = BLUE patch
  • 75 Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons = RED patch
  • 100 Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons = BRONZE patch
  • 125 Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons = SILVER patch
  • 150 Bible lessons or Spirit Challenge lessons = GOLD patch

Leaders teaching materials for all Bible Merits and Spirit Challenges can be found in TRaCclub, as well as all award patch artwork. Additional information on Bible merits can be found on the Bible Merits page.

NOTE:  Bible merits are not used in Ranger Kids since discipleship material is incorporated directly into the weekly curriculum.