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The Ranger Service Stars were introduced post-war, to replace the Home Emergency Service armlet which had been the core of the Ranger Programme during WW2.


The scheme featured badges each marked in the centre with Roman numberals - I, II, III, with a final badge which featured a trefoil at it's centre.


Initially, there were separate challenges for each level.  But from the 1950s onwards, there was one set of challenges, and the badges were awarded for the number of challenges completed.  


Initially made of brass, they were later made of an alloy which did not need to be polished.

1964 (March) POR - Ranger Service Star


The clauses of the Ranger Service Star may be taken in any order and in stages.  A badge showing the Roman numeral I is awarded when any three clauses have been passed.  It is changed for badge II for six clauses passed and III for nine clauses passed.  A badge with a red trefoil in the centre is awarded when the whole test is completed.

1) Collect and keep in readiness a complete set of personal equipment.  With twenty-four hours' notice, pack it in a neat and practical way to be serviceable for an expedition in any weather.

2) With one or two companions and using this equipment, carry out an exploratory expedition, e.g. overnight hike, lightweight camp, etc.  Youth hostels, cyclists' rests, barns, or tents may be used.

The expedition is to be planned by the Ranger and approved by the tester who is to meet the party during some part of the expedition.  

Note: i) The candidate is to be judged on the spirit of enterprise and adventure, general turnout, organization, sense of responsibility, care of other people's property, map reading, and interest in the locality, including woodcraft in its widest sense.

ii) This is essentially an outdoor test, but if the candidate is a member of a rural company and wishes to explore a town of particular interest, permission may be given for her to do so.

iii) The candidate should have taken part in at least one such expedition previously.

iv) In exceptional circumstances two candidates may be tested together, in which case the test is to cover not less than twenty-four hours and each candidate is to be responsible for half the time.

v) The tester is appointed by the Commissioner in conjunction with the C.R.A., C.A., and Captain.

Alternative to clauses 1 and 2: Explorer Certificate

3) Visit a house or flat and bring back a sufficiently clearly drawn plan and description of it for an intending occupier to judge whether it is likely to be suitable.  Note general layout; size of rooms; aspect; heating, lighting, and cooking facilities; water system, etc.; garden or yard.

Alternative: Home Planning Certificate.

4) Find out in her own area:

Where children can be treated for minor ailments.

Where mothers can be advised on Infant Welfare.

Where and how provision is made for the aged and infirm.

Who is responsible for providing a pure milk supply; sanitation; water, gas, and electricity supplies.

Who pays for these services, and from what source the money comes.

Draw up a list of these services, to include directions for finding the establishments and, where appropriate, information about the times of attendance.  Pay at least one visit to an establishment connected with one of the above services.

Alternative: Citizen Certificate

5) Choose a country other than her own, and be able to interest other people in what she has found out about it; know whether it is a member of the United National Organisation; or

United Nations: Identify the following initials:

U.N.O., U.N.A., U.N.E.S.C.O., U.N.I.C.E.F., I.L.O., F.A.O., W.H.O.  Know something about the work of one of these bodies.

Alternative: Commonwealth Knowledge Certificate or International Knowledge Certificate.

6) Cook a well-balanced two-course meal, serve it and clear away.

Alternative: Cook Certificate

7) Bring a statement, signed by a competent person, showing that she has bathed, changed, and dressed a child under 3 years old, and has seen a trained person demonstrate the bathing of a baby of under 6 months (or a doll).  Show that she realizes the necessity for discipline, routine, cleanliness, and understanding when dealing with young children.

Alternative: Child Care Certificate or Infant Welfare Certificate.

8) Study design and colour in relation to dress and interior decoration.  Make a personal garment, or an article of household furnishing, or decorate a room.

Alternative: Dressmaker Certificate

9) Pass one of the following clauses:

a) Keep a record of her reading over a period of six months.

Note: This should include three first-class books, modern or classical, poetry or prose.

b) Compare the merits of three full-length plays, films, or ballets seen during the period of preparation for the test, the choice to be as varied as possible.

c) Visit an art gallery and discuss three pictures of her own choice.

d) Know the fundamentals of three different types of architecture and be able to compare them.

e) Familiarise herself with three musical masterpieces through concerts, gramophone records, and/or broadcasting; and give reasons for her choice.

f) Introduce three folk tunes (songs or dances) new to the company, and be able to teach them.

Alternative: One of the Certificates in the Cultural Section, Community Service

10) Know how to deal with an outbreak of fire (including forest or moorland fires) and how to use at least one type of fire extinguisher; one part of this clause to be demonstrated practically.

Alternative: Fire-Fighting Certificate

11) Know how to deal with the following:

Shock, simple and severe bleeding, asphyxiation (including electrical shock), fractures (for prevention of further injury), wounds, and burns.

Alternative: First Aid Certificate or Samaritan Certificate.

12) Receive and pass on clear messages; give precise directions to strangers in her own neighbourhood.