Suggested Merits

I found this article while rummaging through the internet and thought it might be useful, but would suggest you consider the following adjustments:

  • The required merits should not be scheduled in the summer when attendance is typically  lower. Rather schedule required merits (Bible Knowledge, etc.) during the Fall when the boys can complete the reading by next Sept. (reading during the Summer does not usually happen).
  • We see Ropecraft is not mentioned.  We highly recommended you include this merit to ensure your boys are well prepared for District camps, plus this is a super valuble skill to have.

Here's the article:

The advancement trails for Discovery Rangers (grades 3-5), Adventure Rangers (grades 6-8), and Expedition Rangers (grades 9-12) are largely based on the completion of a specified number of skill merits.  Groups may choose from a list of over 200 merits currently available.  

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Knife Sharpening

Article credit: Crazy Crow.  Take a look at their knife sharpening tools. I have also bought their knife blanks in the past. They're relatively inexpensive and make a cool project as you add your custom handle and make a sheath for it.

How to Sharpen a Knife

The most difficult knife care task is said to be sharpening a blade. Modern stainless steel is very hard and when sharpened properly, will hold a good edge for a very long time.

When sharpening a knife, you must have a high quality sharpener that features a rough stock removal surface of diamond abrasive and a finishing surface of hard stone or ceramic abrasive. The diamond and ceramic materials will cut away the blade’s cutting surface easily as these materials are much harder than steel.

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Ranger Leaders share their planning tools.

There are tools Commander Randy Mesun doesn’t mind sharing. In fact, they serve him so well he’s earned the reputation of being “Mr Organized” around the district. We asked Randy to give us the inside scoop on how he so effectively plans the whole Ranger year for the Plymouth Outpost. Here's what he suggests:


Establish your annual Outpost calendar.

Randy refers to the tentative Calendar on the district Rangers website, marking event dates while making sure that he coordinates with his church calendar.

He also notes the weeks that

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