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Junior Rangers And Wildlife Champions

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Junior Rangers

Are you:

Wild about nature, the countryside and conservation?
Aged between 11 and 18?
Interested in gaining the SCRA Junior Ranger Award?

Do you want to:

Take part in outdoor learning?
Find out about the work of Countryside Rangers?
Develop new skills and experience?
Spend time with others who share your interests?

If the answer is yes! Then you've come to the right place!

Our Junior Ranger programme is the first step in professional development with the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association.

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Junior Ranger Award

The Junior Ranger Award recognises your commitment to the Ranger Service and to achieving competencies in a range of tasks. You can still take part in a Junior Ranger Group without taking part in the award.Those who achieve the award take ownership of their group and activities. They mentor newer members and develop transferable skills and knowledge for future employment in environmental conservation.


Junior Ranger Groups usually meet once a month throughout the year to participate in different outdoor activities.It takes up to 12 months to gain the first level of the award, for those wanting to take part. Some groups offer a second level which focuses on leadership.
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Junior Ranger activities are closely linked to those undertaken by Rangers. These are called competencies. For the SCRA Junior Ranger Award they are:
Know your site
Care for your site
Care for visitors
Events and interpretation
Working with others
Leadership (level 2 – for those over 14 years old once completing level 1)

Portfolio and assessment

Participants keep evidence of their involvement. The evidence they collect goes towards an assessment.Junior Ranger Badges and Certificates can be ordered using this form.The Award is made on the satisfactory completion of 5 competencies.

Become a Junior Ranger

Contact a Junior Ranger Group near you for details of how to get involved. You can find out about current groups by emailing [email protected].The Junior Ranger Co-ordinator's Toolkit gives all the information needed to set up and run a Junior Ranger.

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Wildlife Champions

Wildlife Champion Challenge

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Wildlife Champion Challenge

Do you love the countryside and think you’ve got what it takes to become a Countryside Ranger? We’ve created an action packed challenge for the 8 to 11 age group. It enables Cubs, Brownies, schools, youth groups and wildlife enthusiasts, to become Wildlife Champions.

Could you:

Build a fire?
Make a bird box?
Go on a bug hunt?
Lead a guided walk?

Ask your group leader to contact the email address below to find out how to get involved and how you can earn your Wildlife Champion badge.

How the Wildlife Champions Challenge works

How the Wildlife Champions Challenge works

If you are a Ranger, leader of an environmental group or Cubs or Brownies, a teacher or a young wildlife enthusiast, you can use our Wildlife Champions Challenge work book-download it here. It’s packed full of activities to help youngsters learn more about about wildlife and the countryside, and about how Rangers look after them.

Group leaders assess when their participants have successfully achieved the Challenge and can be awarded a badge. Once the Challenge is completed group leaders or individuals can order the Wildlife Champion badge.

For further information or to order badges please contact [email protected]

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