Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Junior Canadian Rangers Program?

It is a youth program for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who live in remote and isolated communities of Canada.

What do Junior Canadian Rangers do?

Junior Canadian Rangers participate in meaningful structured activities that are not usually offered in isolated communities. These activities help to preserve the culture, traditions and customs of the local community and foster good citizenship, community responsibility, personal health and welfare, and increased self-esteem in the participants.

Junior Canadian Ranger activities include hunting, fishing and living off the land and learning about spirituality, local dialects, traditional music, singing and dancing.

Where are the Junior Canadian Rangers located?

Junior Canadian Rangers are located in remote and isolated communities across Canada.

Why should I join the Junior Canadian Rangers Program?

If you want to participate in fun and meaningful activities, while learning valuable life skills than the Junior Canadian Rangers Program is for you.

What kind of training will I do?

You will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that vary from one part of the country to the next. All Junior Canadian Rangers learn Ranger skills, Traditional skills and Life skills. You will learn how to administer first aid, navigate, make shelters and efficiently live off the land, as well as learn how to speak in public, and live a healthy life.

How old do I have to be to join the Junior Canadian Ranger Program?

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

How much does it cost to join the Junior Canadian Ranger Program?

Nothing. Membership is free! The Department of National Defence and its partners cover all costs (uniform, travel and equipment).

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes. All Junior Canadian Rangers are provided with a green sweatshirt and ball cap emblazoned with the Junior Canadian Ranger crest. Although many people don’t consider this to be a uniform due to its cozy, casual look, it is the required dress for all Junior Canadian Rangers during official activities.

Will I go to summer camp?

Maybe. Summer training sessions are held each year across Canada for selected Junior Canadian Rangers.

Are there any travel opportunities?

Yes. Junior Canadian Rangers have travelled to many places in Canada in the past for a variety of special activities.

Will I have to join the Canadian Rangers or Canadian Armed Forces?

No. There is absolutely no obligation for a Junior Canadian Ranger to join the Canadian Armed Forces upon graduation. However many former Junior Canadian Rangers do choose to continue their involvement with the program by enrolling as a Canadian Ranger or volunteering with the Adult Committee after they graduate.

How can I show my support for the Junior Canadian Ranger Program?

By volunteering with the local patrol or writing letters to your Member of Parliament or local officials encouraging their support of this special youth program. You can also help spread public awareness of the Junior Canadian Rangers Program by referring others to this web site.

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