Gateway Gazette

Junior Canadian Rangers to compete in National Marksmanship Championship

Edmonton, Alberta – Fifty Junior Canadian Rangers (JCRs) from across Canada will have an opportunity to test their shooting skills at the National Marksmanship Championship (NMC) from May 17 to 19, 2016, at the Lecture Training Facility in Edmonton, Alberta.

The marksmanship program is an integral part of the Junior Canadian Ranger Program’s traditional skills curriculum, teaching self-discipline and confidence in a supervised training environment. After successfully competing in local marksmanship challenges, the NMC is the final stage for the JCR’s best marksmen from across Canada.

The JCR Program offers young people in remote and isolated communities across Canada a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of rewarding activities. Under the supervision of the Canadian Rangers and local adult volunteers, young Canadians, aged 12 to 18, become active and engaged citizens in their communities.

Brigadier-General Woiden visit Junior Canadian Ranger during the Basic, Advanced, and National Leader Enhanced Training Session at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC), 6 August 2014. Photo by: MCpl Mélanie Ferguson, Canadian Army Public Affairs LE2014-0051-95
Brigadier-General Woiden visit Junior Canadian Ranger during the Basic, Advanced, and National Leader Enhanced Training Session at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC), 6 August 2014. Photo by: MCpl Mélanie Ferguson, Canadian Army Public Affairs LE2014-0051-95

Quotes

“I wish all members of the JCR Program participating in this friendly marksmanship competition the best of luck. This is a fantastic opportunity for these young Canadians to enhance their exceptional skills and build self-discipline and confidence, while promoting traditional cultures and lifestyles.”

Brigadier-General Kelly Woiden
Commander, National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group

“The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (4 CRPG) is honored to host the 2016 JCR Program NMC. I welcome the participating teams and CRPG representatives from across Canada and look forward to some outstanding shooting. The biggest benefits for the JCRs are their development of marksmanship and safe weapon-handling skills, as these will be used throughout their lives back home.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Byers
Commanding Officer, 4 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Quick Fact

All Junior Canadian Rangers receive training in the safe handling and firing of the Daisy 853C Air Rifle. The importance of safety (including the wearing of safety glasses) is stressed at all times and Junior Canadian Rangers are not permitted to use the air rifles until they have demonstrated sufficient awareness of the safety procedures.

Source: National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

 

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