Become a JCR

You want to become a Junior Canadian Ranger? Contact the Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol Leaders in your community and let them know that you are interested. Your parent or guardian must also sign a permission form before you can officially become a Junior Canadian Ranger. Here are some questions you may be asking yourself!

How much does it cost?

Membership is free! The Department of National Defence and its partners cover all costs (uniform, travel, and equipment).

What commitment am I expected to make?

The JCR Program is a participation-based training program that emphasizes skill development. There are no Training or Qualification Standards in the training program. At the discretion of the Patrol Leader, members may voluntarily participate in qualification courses or training, in skills applicable to the program.

Ideally, JCRs meet once a week to take part in activities that are fun and focus on high rates of participation and accomplishment. Meetings can take place in evenings, on days and weekends. With the advice and support of your CRPG, be sure to include regularly scheduled Field Training Exercises (FTX) as part of your routine / calendar. By creating a safe space for kids to get together both adults and youth will be able to enjoy the activities.

A JCR who no longer wishes to be a member of a patrol shall inform the JCR Patrol Leader. The JCR Patrol Leader shall inform the JCR’s parent or guardian of the termination of membership, recover issued materiel that the JCR is not authorized to retain, and notify the CRPG.

JCR membership is terminated upon attaining the age of nineteen.

The JCR Patrol Leader in consultation with the AC may terminate the membership of a JCR for any good and sufficient reason, including a request by the JCR’s parent or guardian. If this occurs during an activity, the individual will be returned home when it is safe and reasonable to do so.

The JCR Patrol Leader shall inform the JCR and their parent or guardian of the termination of membership, recover issued materiel that the JCR is not authorized to retain, and notify the CRPG.

What are the expectations?

All those involved in the JCR Program shall: become acquainted with, and obey, all regulations, orders, and instructions judged necessary for the performance of their duties; and conform to the established policies of the JCR Program.

All JCRs should know the JCR Program is dedicated to the welfare of JCRs, and undertakes to ensure their welfare by:

  • providing a safe and secure training environment;
  • mandating a harassment and abuse prevention program;
  • ensuring an environment of efficient and transparent communication;
  • screening prospective persons in support of the JCR Programme for suitability;
  • co-operating with local stakeholders.

It is important to know that:

  • all persons working in support of the JCR Program will undergo screening.
  • all JCRs shall participate in a harassment and abuse prevention program delivered by a recognized facilitator.
  • the JCR Programme’s supported harassment and abuse prevention program is the Prevention of Harassment and Abuse through Successful Education (PHASE) program.
How old do I need to be?

Junior Canadian Rangers are between 12 and 18. You must have had your 12th birthday and you can stay until your 19th birthday.

How to Join

Contact the Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol Leaders in your community and let them know that you are interested in joining. In order to find a patrol consult the interactive to locate a patrol near you. Your parent or guardian must also sign a permission form before you can officially become a Junior Canadian Ranger. Here are the steps:

  • Find out where / when the patrol meets.
  • Visit with the patrol during an activity and find out what they do.
  • There will be some membership paperwork to complete and have your parents sign.
  • Once your paperwork is complete and you have provided copies of identification, e.g. health card. You will be sized and then provided a uniform free of charge.
  • You can then be sworn in and take part in JCR activities.
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