Awards & Insignia

The Royal Rangers program utilizes a variety of awards and insignia to represent the various accomplishments of leaders and boys in the program. Some awards may be earned by both leaders and boys, while others may only be earned by one or the other. Each award carries specific requirements and is displayed in a specific manner on the uniform or awards vest. The information below provides details on the types of awards available in Royal Rangers and the manner in which each is used in the program.

All awards used in Royal Rangers may be classified into one of the following five categories: Advancement Awards, Service Awards, Honorary Awards, Training Awards, and Special Awards.

See also:  Award Recipient Lists and Award Applications.

Advancement Awards

Advancement awards recognize boys for their accomplishments achieved through the advancement system. Each age group features a unique system of requirements & recognition referred to as the advancement trail. Boys are recognized for meeting certain requirements by receiving awards representing a series of advancement steps. All advancement steps are represented by a patch worn on the awards vest or on the right sleeve of the uniform. Advancement steps representing annual milestone accomplishments are also represented by a medal, ribbon, and neck medallion.

The award insignia for most advancement awards may be ordered directly from our online store.  However, due to their significance in the program, the following awards require that an application be submitted to the national Royal Rangers office for review and approval. This restriction applies to all forms of award insignia for these awards including patches, medals, ribbons, neck medallions, and coins. Replacement insignia may be obtained by contacting the national office at RRawards@ag.org. Any advancement awards not listed here are unrestricted and may be purchased directly from our online store.

  • Ranger Kids Gold Trail Award
  • Discovery Rangers Gold Falcon Award
  • Discovery Rangers Gold Hawk Award
  • Discovery Rangers Gold Eagle Award
  • Discovery Rangers Bronze Buffalo Award
  • Adventure Rangers Adventure Bronze Award
  • Adventure Rangers Adventure Silver Award
  • Adventure Rangers Adventure Gold Award
  • Adventure Rangers Silver Buffalo Award
  • Expedition Rangers E1 Award
  • Expedition Rangers E2 Award
  • Expedition Rangers E3 Award
  • Expedition Rangers Gold Buffalo Award
  • Gold Medal of Achievement, with Merit or Honors

Details concerning the advancement trails of each age group can be found on the advancement pages for each group. Advancement award applications can be found on the Award Applications page.

Service Awards

Service awards provide ongoing recognition for leaders or boys for their service and involvement in Royal Rangers. These awards typically require that a specified number of points be earned from a variety of categories during the course of a given year. Most service awards may be earned annually and require that an application be submitted to the district or national office.

Due to their significance in the program, some service awards require special approval from your district or the national Royal Rangers office.  The following service awards are restricted and require that an application be submitted to the national Royal Rangers office.

  • National Leadership Award
  • National Executive Leadership Award

The following service awards require restricted and require that an application be submitted to your District Director for presentation.  The award insignia are unrestricted and may be ordered directly through our online store. Contact your District Director concerning the awards procedures required in your district.

  • District Leadership Award
  • District Executive Leadership Award
  • Outpost Leadership Award
  • Outpost Service Award
  • Outpost Coordinators Award
  • Pastors Award

See also the Staff Service Awards page.

Honorary Awards

Honorary awards are those awarded to individuals in recognition for service or accomplishments for which no specific requirements are given, although general guidelines may exist. These awards are typically awarded at the discretion of the primary leader at the given organizational level. These awards typically cannot be applied for, although individuals recommending others for an award may be asked to provide written justification for their recommendation.

Due to their significance in the program, most honorary awards can only be obtained through your district or the national Royal Rangers office. The following honorary awards are presented by the national Royal Rangers office. Contact the national office for details.

  • National Outstanding Service Award
  • National Medal of Merit
  • FCF Flame of Honor
  • RRA Lifetime Service Award

The following honorary awards are presented by your District Director. Contact your district for details.

  • District Outstanding Service Award
  • District Medal of Merit

Training Awards

Training awards provide recognition to leaders and boys for their training accomplishments in Royal Rangers. Some training awards represent the completion of specific training programs (such as Ranger Basics or National Rangers Ministry Camp) while other represent the completion of a training level (such as Ready, Safety, Trained, or Advanced).

Details on the various training awards and insignia and the manner in which they should be worn on the uniform or awards vest can be found on the Uniforms page.

Due to their significance in the program, most training awards and related products can only be obtained through your district or the national Royal Rangers office.  See the Restricted Products & Awards page for details.

Special Awards

Special awards consist of recognition items that cannot be classified under any other award category.  Some special awards are restricted, while others are not.  See the Restricted Products & Awards page for details.

Insignia

Insignia serve to represent the awards an individual has received or to identify an individual as a member of a particular group or groups within the program. Individuals wearing a dress or utility uniform will wear insignia representing a variety of memberships such as their outpost, district, and age group. Additional insignia may also be worn to represent an individual membership in the FCF or RRA.

Due to their significance in the program, some insignia are restricted and can only be obtained through your district or the national Royal Rangers office.  See the Restricted Products & Awards page for details. Details on the manner and location in which insignia should be worn on the uniform can be found on the uniforms page.