Youth gain life skills

Army Camp hosts nearly 200 Junior Canadian Rangers for 10-day training sessions

One hundred and seventy-four youth from across Western Canada will spend 10 days practicing practical outdoors and life skills as well as volunteering for local not-for-profits while staying at the Vernon Army Cadet Training Centre.

“The youth will be participating in our basic and advanced enhanced training sessions,” said Capt. Scott Macdonald, Junior Canadian Rangers commanding officer.

“They’ll work on a variety of traditional, outdoor and life skills, as well as having tons of fun.”

The youth will spend time learning first aid, navigation, shelter building and other skills, rock climbing, white water rafting, canoeing and mountain biking, as well as volunteering at a number of different not-for-profit organizations.

While similar to the cadet program, the Junior Canadian Rangers are a separate initiative of the Canadian Forces, which aims to provide a structured youth program promoting traditional cultures and lifestyles to 3,400 JCRs in 119 remote and isolated communities across Canada.

The program promotes healthy living and positive self-image, and reflects the proud legacy of the Canadian Rangers, who are reservists providing military presence in northern, coastal and isolated Canada.