Junior Canadian Rangers Operation Northern Adventure

  • Mar. 25, 2013 3:00 p.m.

submitted by Mirjam Prudhomme–Spring Break this year was especially exciting for Junior Canadian Rangers (JCRs) from Masset and Sandspit as they embarked on an adventure to the interior of our province and experienced winter in all its glory. We left on the ferry Thursday March 14 (eight JCRs and chaperones Lynda Osborne and Mirjam Prudhomme). In Prince Rupert, we boarded our bus and picked up JCRs along the way. A total of 77 JCRs and 15 adults from Victoria, Masset, Sandspit Kitkatla, Telkwa, Valemont, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson Hope and Pouce Coupe converged on the Ness Lake Bible Camp for two days of snowshoeing, rock climbing, zip lining, archery, jungle swing (ask a JCR) and arts and crafts (all made their own dreamcatchers). Some new experiences and challenges for many of our youth. We left Ness Lake Monday morning and headed for prince George for a Daisy air rifle challenge, swimming and a tour of the Connaught Youth Centre. After a spaghetti dinner that couldn’t be beat, we all (yup, all 92 of us) headed to the movie theatre and took it over. It was early to bed Monday night as Tuesday was an entire day on Purdon Mountain, where the JCRs were given snow board and skiing lessons, before heading up the mountain for a full day of fun in the snow. Tuesday night was a Chinese smorgasbord dinner followed by packing, exchanging emails, phone numbers and promises to friend each other on Facebook, all through many, many tears of having to leave some new-found best friends. Wednesday morning saw all of us leaving on our respective buses, none of us ready to call this trip over just yet. Many thanks to all the adults who worked so hard to make this trip a success and special thanks to the JCRs for fully participating in all the events, even when they pushed you far out of your comfort zones. You were respectful and helpful to the adults and each other and made it an enjoyable trip for all of us. Well done! Junior Rangers will have many more adventures in the program and many will see their new friends at the National Marksmanship Competition in Quebec City in April or at the Summer Basic and Advanced Training camps in Vernon in August. The Junior Canadian Ranger program is a community driven program, open to all youth ages 12 to 18. There is no charge for membership, just bring your sense of fun and adventures. There are patrols located in Sandspit and Masset with a satellite group in Port Clements. Contact Lynda Osborne or Sophie Peerless about the Masset/Port patrols and Laurel MacNeil or Mirjam Prudhomme about the Sandspit Patrol.