Junior Canadian Rangers
Junior Canadian Rangers are part of the Canadian Cadet Organization and are linked to the Canadian Rangers. The program aims to offer young Canadian, aged 12 to 18 in remote and isolated communities across Canada an opportunity to participate in a range of developmental activities in a formal setting. It also aims to engage them with their local communities.
There are currently more than 4,200 Junior Canadian Rangers in 135 JCR Patrols in remote and isolated communities across Canada, many of which are in the territory of Nunavut. Only the provinces of PEI, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia do not have JCRs. Junior Canadian Rangers are easily recognized by their green sweatshirts and ball caps.
Training is delivered to JCRs by Canadian Rangers, civilian Adult Committee member, or community volunteers and is categorized under one of three "circles of learning". These are: Community Traditional skills, Canadian Ranger skills, and Life Skills. Most JCR Patrols conduct some training activities "on the land" to help prepare the youth to survive in the outdoors.
The JCR Program offers a series of Enhanced Training Sessions (summer camps), which are designed to "expand the horizons" of selected youth by offering training, recreational, and cultural opportunities that may not be available in their local community.
The JCR Program is funded by the Government of Canada, through DND and the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups, under command of the Canadian Army, oversees the conduct of the program at a regional or provincial level.