JCR Partners

The Junior Canadian Rangers Program is lead by the Department of National Defence (DND) and communities in remote and coastal areas of Canada. This program also relies heavily on the interest and support of other informal partners, including provincial, territorial and regional government offices.

Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces

DND provides the structure, personnel and uniforms for the Junior Canadian Rangers Program. Training expertise, supervision, funding and training aids all come from the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Canadian Armed Forces takes its responsibility for the Junior Canadian Rangers Program seriously. Every JCR Community is visited up to three times annually by a member of the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group to assist in JCR and provide assistance, advice and training to adult volunteer committees and Canadian Rangers.

As members of the Canadian Armed Forces team, Canadian Rangers are provided with training and equipment to accomplish their mission, which includes leading the Junior Canadian Ranger Program. The close affiliation between the two organizations means that a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol can only be established in a community where Canadian Rangers already exists.

Canadian Rangers' responsibility for the youth program is substantial and includes:

  • providing leaders for the Junior Canadian Rangers patrol;
  • teaching the Ranger Skills portion of the training;
  • providing qualified adult supervisors;
  • assisting the Adult Committee with its responsibilities;
  • liaising with the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group staff;
  • other as required.

Canadian Rangers are role models for the youth. Not only do they provide the initial introduction to the traditions and customs of the Canadian Armed Forces, they teach the Junior Canadian Rangers how to travel safely on the land, how to safely handle firearms and equipment, how to show their pride by taking care of their uniforms and equipment, acting maturely at all times and setting an example for other youth in the community.

Adult Community

The Junior Canadian Rangers Program could not exist without the full support of the local community and its citizens. Anything not provided for by the Canadian Armed Forces – participants, leaders, resources – is drawn from the local community. From the mayor or community council members who sanction the formation of the patrol, to the elders who patiently teach the traditional skills, to the corporate and private citizens who volunteer either their time, the loan of their equipment, vehicles and resources – the entire community is involved.

In fact, the only way a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol can exist is if the community requests its formation and is able to prove to the Department of National Defence that sufficient local interest and support to sustain the program in the community.

As uniformed young adults, members of the community look to the Junior Canadian Rangers and their instructors (Canadian Rangers) for leadership and inspiration. Canadian Rangers are often called upon to act in times of crisis above and beyond their regular duties. Due to their high visibility, both Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers are frequently pointed out as positive role models to their peers and the young or at-risk members of the community.

Having a Junior Canadian Rangers patrol is a point of pride in many remote and isolated communities. Junior Canadian Rangers take their participation very seriously and are proud to be active members of the youth program.

Adult Committees

As part of the local community, Adult Committees play a very important role in the Junior Canadian Rangers Program. Adult Committees are composed of well-respected and capable members of the local community, and their members have a vested and active interest in the success of the program.

Each Junior Canadian Rangers patrol is managed by a local Adult Committee, which is formed with approximately eight (8) community members. Adult Committees are made up of respected members of the community, like community elders, the mayor, the local RCMP officer, social workers, teachers, who can bring their professional experience and background to bear on the workings of the JCR Program.

The Adult Committee has myriad responsibilities, including:

  • Establishing the training timetable;
  • Screening and selecting the instructors for the program;
  • Screening of volunteers;
  • Raising of resources to support the patrol;
  • Fostering awareness and understanding of the Junior Canadian Ranger Program;
  • Encouraging interest and participation from the local population;
  • Providing a training location;
  • Other as required.
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