To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the core requirements is land navigation.
By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Land Navigation, a Venturer is not only prepared to use a map and compass to navigate from one place to another in unfamiliar territory. They then teach these orienteering skills to others.
Venturing Ranger Award Requirements – Land Navigation
- Using a topographical map for your area or the area you will be navigating in, demonstrate that you know the following map symbols:
- Index contour
- Vertical control station
- Hard-surface, heavy-duty road
- Railroad, single track
- Power transmission line
- Checked spot elevation
- Map scale
- Intermittent stream
- Hard-surface, medium-duty road
- Water well or spring
- Unimproved dirt road
- Explain contour lines. Be able to tell the contour interval for your map and be able to show the difference between a steep and a gentle slope.
- Using a map and compass, navigate an orienteering course that has at least six legs covering at least 2.5 miles.
- Learn to use a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. Demonstrate that you can find a fixed coordinate at night using a GPS receiver or a geocaching .
- Teach the navigating skills you have learned in (a) through (d) above to your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another group.