The Ranger Kids Advancement Trail is based on the needs, interests, and characteristics of boys in kindergarten, first, and second grades. The trail represents a process for learning and growing through participation in fun activities, both with your group and at home. It is designed to provide every boy with opportunities for adventure and fun.

The Ranger Kids Advancement Trail consists of fifteen advancement steps, organized into three sub-trails of five steps each – the Trail to the Elk, Trail to the Wolverine, and the Trail to the Cougar. The system is designed to be completed in three years, with one advancement step being completed each quarter and one annual award being earned each year. The Ranger Kids Gold Trail Award is the highest award earned in Ranger Kids and is awarded after completion of all fifteen advancement steps.

The Ranger Kids Handbook includes and advancement logbook to serve as a handy reference and ongoing record of a boy’s progress along the advancement trail. The handbook also include information on the Ranger Kids uniforms as well as patch and pin placement for all awards and insignia.