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Trail of the Grizzly

The recently completed 2014 LEAD conference proved to be a momentous event in the history of the FCF as new requirements were established for gaining membership in the FCF. The requirements to advance in the FCF (Buckskin, Wilderness, Trappers Brigade) were also unveiled. The statement below outlines the transition period for which existing membership and advancement requirements are still applicable as well as the timeframe for using the new requirements solely.

A Royal Rangers member may join the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship(FCF) using the existing requirements of the Trail of the Grizzly (2011 requirements) or the new membership requirements until December 31, 2014. Current FCF members may advance using the existing or new requirements until December 31, 2014. As of January 1, 2015, all new memberships and advancements will be made using the new Trail of the Grizzly requirements outlined and described in the 2014 edition of the FCF Handbook."

The new Trail of the Grizzly requirements are listed below, and applications for both the 2011 and the 2014 requirements can be found on the FORMS page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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2014 Advancement Requirements

Boys Only

  • Be a graduate of the fifth grade.
  • Be at least 11 years old
  • Be an active member of a Chartered royal Rangers outpost
  • Earn one of the following awards:
    • Discovery Rangers Gold Eagle
    • Adventure Rangers Bronze Medal
    • Expedition Rangers E1

Leaders Only

  • Complete the Ready and Safety Leader of the Outpost Leaders Advancement Levels (OLAL)
  • Be an active member of a chartered Royal Rangers outpost
  • Be a member in good standing in your local church.

Boys and Leaders

  • Complete a FrontierAdventure.

2011 Advancement Requirements

Both Boys and Leaders

  • Earn the following merit awards: Compass, Cooking, Fire Craft, First Aid Skills, Ropecraft, Lashing, Tool Craft, Camping.
  • Explain the plan of salvation.
  • Explain the meaning of the four red points, four gold points and the eight blue points of the Royal Rangers emblem.

Boys Only

  • Be at least eleven years old and an Adventure Ranger.
  • Be recommended by the Oupost Commander or Group Leader

Leaders Only

  • Complete the Ready Leader of the Outpost Leader Advancement Level.
  • Complete the Safety Leader Ticket requirements.
  • Be a Royal Rangers leader in good standing with your church.

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2014 Advancement Requirements

Boys Only

  • Complete one of the following:
    • Adventure Rangers Silver Medal
    • Expedition Rangers E2

Leaders Only

  • Complete the Trained Leader of the Outpost Leaders Advancement Level (OLAL)
  • Sponsor a boy into FCFmembership.

Boys and Leaders

  • Be an FCF member in good standing for one year.
  • Earned  Company Trapper award  in Trappers Brigade.
  • Assist in conducting a Frontier Adventure.
  • Be an active member of a chartered Royal Rangers outpost.
  • Be a member in good standing in your local church.
  • Complete the Buckskin Challenge Workbook
  • Complete a Buckskin Challenge.

2011 Advancement Requirement

Both Boys and Leaders

  • Earn the following merit awards: Church, Knife and Hawk, Archery or Black Powder.
  • Participate in one additional Frontier Adventure (besides your own).
  • Make, trade, or purchase a complete FCF outfit.
  • Recite from memory the FCF Pledge.
  • Explain the meaning of the FCF Symbol
  • State the vision and purpose of FCF.
  • Make an FCF identification staff.
  • Select a frontier related craft or skill to develop.
  • Select an FCF name.
  • Complete the Buckskin Workbook (sent by the chapter after applying for this level)
  • Be an active member in good standing for one year.

Boys Only

  • Earn the Bronze Medal of Achievement or one Expedition Ranger Medal.

Leaders Only

  • Sponsor a boy into FCF.
  • Earn the Safety Leader Outpost Leader Advancement Level.
  • Earn the Trained Leader Outpost Leader Advancement Level.

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2014 Advancement Requirements

Boys Only

  • Complete one of the following:
    • Adventure Rangers Gold Medal of Achievement
    • Expetition Rangers E3
  • Sponsor a Boy into FCF membership
  • Leaders Only

  • Complete the Advanced Leader Outpost Leaders Advancement Level (OLAL)
  • Sponsor a second boy into FCF membership.

Boys and Leaders

  • Be an FCF member in good standing for two years
  • Earn the Bourgeois Trapper award in Trappers Brigade
  • Assist in conducting a second Frontier Adventure
  • Be an active member of a chartered Royal Rangers outpost
  • Be an member in good standing of your local church
  • Complete the Wilderness Vigil workbook
  • Complete a Wilderness Vigil.

2011 Advancement Requirements

Both Boys and Leaders

  • Earn the following merit awards: Primitive Shelters, Primitive Snares, Wilderness Survival, and Christian Service
  • Complete the Wilderness Workbook.
  • Participate in at least two Frontier Adventures (other than your own) and be an active member in good standing for at least two years

Boys Only

  • Earn the Silver Medal of Achievement or a second Expedition Ranger Medal.
  • Sponsor a boy into FCF

Leaders Only

  • Complete the Advanced Leader level of the Rangers Ministry Academy.
  • Sponsor an additional boy into FCF.