Discovery Kids

Discovery Rangers Advancement Trail


Being a Discovery Ranger will give a boy many chances to do new things. He will learn new skills, like camping, building models, giving first aid, and cooking while learning about God and His Word. Royal Rangers will give him the chance to be rewarded for finishing merits and steps on the Advancement Trail.

Here’s how the trail works. As the boy follows the trail, will grow to new heights on the “Trail to the Gold Eagle.” He’ll work on merits, and every time he finishes a set of merit requirements, he will receive a new patch. As he earns merits he will also have the chance to complete a new advancement step.

After completing each set of steps and a few other requirements, he’ll have a chance to earn three medals:

Gold Falcon Gold Hawk Gold Eagle


There are several ways to earn the merits on the Trail to the Eagle. Some of the merits will be earned during the weekly meetings, while others will require extra effort outside of meeting times. The merits can be earned in any order, and while the Gold Eagle has specific merits that are required, the other merits that are earned are up to the individual Ranger’s choice.

For details on the requirements for the various merits and awards used in Discovery Rangers, follow these links:

Discovery Ranger Advancement Details
Buffalo Awards
Blue Merit Requirements
Leadership Merits
Bible Merits
Gold Eagle Award Application
Gold Eagle Award Recipients
2010 Advancement System Changes


Discovery Rangers HandbookAdditional information on Discovery Rangers can be found in the Discovery Rangers Handbook available through the Ranger Super Store.

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