Ranger Award Medal

Ranger Award Elective Requirements


These requirements were effective until May 31, 2014.

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  1. Take BSA Safety Afloat Training.
    1. Explain the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
    2. Demonstrate during a watercraft activity that you know the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
  2. Complete a basic boating safety course provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, American Canoe Association, US Sailing, American Red Cross, or your state's boating law administrator.
    1. Learn and demonstrate water rescue techniques, including self rescue, group rescue, boat-assisted rescue, short-line rescue, and boat-over-boat rescue.
    2. Learn and demonstrate that you know the rules for avoiding water-caused hypothermia and what to do in case of hypothermia.
  4. Present the American Canoe Association Start Smart Program or another program on boating safety and the Tread Lightly! principles as they pertain to water recreation to your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on boating safety.
    Do 5, 6, or 7.
  5. Paddle Craft
    1. Learn the American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code and demonstrate your knowledge during a paddle craft activity.
    2. Learn about the International Scale of River Difficulty by describing the six classifications of rivers.
    3. On a whitewater river map of your choice, be able to show why different sections are classified the way they are.
    4. Learn and describe the differences of the following paddle craft and explain which are appropriate for one, two, or more paddlers:
      • Canoes: recreational, touring, whitewater, freestyle, decked, C1
      • Kayaks: recreational, touring, sit-on-top, downriver, race, whitewater playboat, whitewater creek
      • Rafts: self bailing, paddle, frame, cataraft, inflatable kayak
    5. Learn and use paddling techniques and maneuvers for one of the following craft:
      • Canoe, both single and double passenger
      • Kayak, single or double passenger
      • Raft, be the paddle captain
    6. Using an appropriate canoe, kayak, or raft, paddle a slow river, lake, or coastal seaway, a distance of at least eight miles, or run a whitewater river, a distance of six miles with at least one class II rapid. If using a paddle raft, be the paddle captain.
  6. Board Sailing
    1. Learn and demonstrate the BSA rules for boardsailing.
    2. Learn how to boardsail.
  7. Sail Boating
    Become certified as a US Sailing Small Boat Sailor or US Sailing Instructor.

Above information from Ranger Handbook (No. 33494), 2009 printing.

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