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The "Trail of the Grizzly" is designed to lead boys and leaders along the challenging FCF advancement trail. The purpose of this "Trail" is to prepare boys and leaders to successfully complete each of the FCF advancements by including a unique set of merit award requirements for the "Frontiersmen," "Buckskin," and "Wilderness" steps.

All of the "Trail of the Grizzly" merit awards are easily identified with a grizzly paw print. The Frontiersmen merit awards display a Green Grizzly Paw on the merit. The Buckskin merit awards display a Black Grizzly Paw on the merit, and the Wilderness merit awards display a White Grizzly Paw.


Frontiersman Requirements

Both Boys and Leaders

  • Earn the following Merit Awards:


    Rope craft

    Fire craft

    Cooking

    Compass

    Lashing

    First Aid skills

    Camping


    Tool craft

  • Explain the plan of Salvation

  • Explain the meaning of the Four Red, Four Gold and Eight Blue points of the Royal Rangers emblem

Boys Only

  • Be at least 11 years old and at least an Adventure Ranger

  • Be recommended by the Outpost Commander

Leaders Only

  • Complete the RR Basics Module of the LTA

  • Be a RR leader in good standing with his church

Both Leaders and Boys

After earning all eight required merits you have earned the Grizzly Trail FCF Merit Award. You are now eligible for the "Frontier Adventure." After successful completion, you will receive your Frontiersmen Pin.

 

Buckskin Requirements

Both Boys and Leaders

  • Earn the following Merit Awards:



    Church
    AND

    Knife & Hawk

    PLUS

    Black Powder
    OR



    Archery


  • Participate in at least one Frontier Adventure

  • Make 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

  • Be an active member in good standing for at least one year.

Boys Only

  • Earn the Bronze Medal or one Expedition Ranger Medal.

Leaders Only

  • Sponsor a boy into FCF

  • Earn the Leader's Medal of Achievement.

Both Leaders and Boys

After earning the additional three required merits and completing the Buckskin study program, submit your application for advancement for Buckskin to the district FCF office. After successfully completing the Buckskin testing you will be awarded your Buckskin pin.

 

Wilderness Requirements

Both Boys and Leaders

  • Earn the following Merit Awards:


    Christian service

    Wilderness survival

    Traps & Snares

    Primative Shelters

  • Complete the Wilderness workbook

Boys Only

  • Earn Silver Medal or second Expedition Rangers Medal

  • Sponsor a boy into FCF

  • Participate in at least two Frontier Adventures and be an active member in good standing for at least two years.

Leaders Only

  • Attend a National Training Camp

  • Sponsor additional boy into FCF

  • Participate in at least four Frontier Adventures and be an active member in good standing for at least two years.

Both Leaders and Boys

After earning the additional four required merits and completing the Wilderness study program, submit your application for advancement for Wilderness to the district FCF office. Then wear the "Wilderness Pouch" until the Vigil is completed. After successfully completing the Wilderness Vigil ceremony you will be awarded your Wilderness pin.

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