10030 JCR Community Program Personnel

Cadets and Junior Canadian Ranger Group Order (CJCR Gp O)

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  1. Identification
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Definitions
  4. Junior Canadian Rangers
  5. JCR Patrol Leader and JCR Second-in-Command (2IC)
  6. Adult Committee
  7. Community Volunteers
  8. Publication
  9. References
  10. Annexes

1. Identification

Date of Issue: 2021-03-19

Date of Verification: n/a

Application: This order applies to DND/CAF personnel who provide support to the JCR Program.

SupersessionJCRATO 63-01, Junior Canadian Rangers Programme Personnel

Approval Authority: This order is issued under the authority of the Comd CJCR.

Office of Primary Interest (OPI): DCOS Strat Plans

Enquiries: CJCR/CA HQ LO

2. Abbreviations

Abbreviation Complete Word or Phrase
2IC Second-In-Command
AC Adult Committee
CA Canadian Army
CAF Canadian Armed Forces
CJCR Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
CR Canadian Ranger
CRPG Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
CO commanding officer
JCR Junior Canadian Ranger

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3. Definitions

Adult Committee. An AC is formed to support a JCR Patrol in its home community. It is made up of Patrol leadership and community volunteers.

Patrol Leader. The CR in charge of a JCR Patrol (usually a master corporal). 

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4. Junior Canadian Rangers

4.1 Membership in the JCR Program is voluntary and subject to eligibility criteria.

4.2 To be eligible for membership as a JCR, a young person must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or the dependant of a person who is lawfully residing in Canada on a temporary basis for education or employment;
  2. be at least twelve years of age, and not have reached the age of nineteen years;
  3. be of good character; and
  4. provide the JCR Patrol Leader with a written consent for membership, signed by a parent or guardian.


4.3 All completed consent forms will be forwarded to the CRPG for retention.

4.4 When leaving the program, each JCR should be provided with a copy of their file. CRPGs will retain a JCR’s original file until the JCR reaches the age of 25. The files may only be destroyed at that time in accordance with Defence Classification and Disposition System.

Termination of Membership

4.5 A JCR who no longer wishes to be a member of a patrol should inform the JCR Patrol Leader.

4.6 When a JCR reaches the age of 19, their membership in the program is terminated.

4.7 The Patrol Leader, or CRPG CO, in consultation with the AC, may also terminate the membership of a JCR for any good and sufficient reason. This can include a request by the JCR’s parent or guardian.

4.8 If a JCR’s membership is terminated during an activity, they will be returned home when it is safe and reasonable to do so.

4.9 Whenever a JCR leaves the program or has their membership terminated, the Patrol Leader is required to:

  1. inform the JCR’s parent or guardian of the termination of membership;
  2. recover issued materiel that the JCR is not authorized to retain; and
  3. notify the CRPG.

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5. JCR Patrol Leader and JCR Second-in-Command (2IC)

5.1 The CRPG should work with the community’s CR Patrol and its AC in selecting leaders and instructors for the JCR Patrol.

5.2 The adults who lead the community program have a tremendous amount of influence on the youth in the Patrol, and should therefore be selected carefully in order to foster a safe and nurturing environment.

JCR Patrol Leader Prerequisites

5.3 The prerequisites and qualifications for a JCR Patrol Leader are as follows:

  1. be a member of the CR who has completed initial training (Canadian Rangers Basic Military Indoctrination [CRBMI]), or equivalent as deemed appropriate by CO CRPG);
  2. have completed Positive Youth Development and Program Outreach training;
  3. have demonstrated pertinent skills and abilities beneficial to instruction and supervision of the JCR Program;
  4. be recommended by the AC;
  5. be recommended by the CR Patrol Commander; and
  6. be approved by the CRPG CO.

JCR Patrol Leader and 2IC Selection Process

5.4 Once the CR Patrol and the AC have come to a consensus, they will inform the CRPG CO – or the JCR Coy OC where one exists – of their selections for the JCR Patrol Leader and 2IC positions. The CRPG will then have a representative visit the community to witness the appointment of the new JCR Patrol Leader and 2IC.

5.5 In the event that the CR Patrol and the AC cannot not reach a consensus, the CRPG CO may select the Patrol Leader and 2IC.

Dismissal of a JCR Patrol Leader or 2IC

5.6 Removal of a JCR Patrol Leader or 2IC is at the discretion of the CRPG CO, in consultation with the CR Patrol and the AC.

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6. Adult Committee

6.1 Every JCR Patrol should have an AC made up of local community members, who will work with the CR Patrol and CRPG to support the development, delivery, and evaluation of the JCR Program.

6.2 If there are not enough volunteers available to form an AC, the applicable CA Div may authorize CRPG to waive this requirement on a temporary basis with info to CJCR. However, the support and input of community leadership is still required.

6.3 The relationship between the CAF and the AC is based on an acceptance of established roles and responsibilities, in an environment of open communication and mutual respect.

Committee Membership

6.4 The AC should have approximately five to eight members, including the following:

  1. a volunteer chairperson;
  2. a volunteer secretary;
  3. the adult JCR Patrol Leader;
  4. a JCR from the Patrol, usually the JCR Sergeant or JCR Master Corporal;
  5. another JCR Patrol representative, such as the Patrol 2IC or a volunteer instructor; and
  6. other adults as required.


6.5 All adults who join the committee, or who wish to work with JCRs in any capacity, must first be successfully screened to ensure the safety of the youth in the program. A complete explanation of the screening process can be found in CJCR Gp Order 10031, JCR Personnel Screening.

Volunteer Agreement

6.6 Any AC members who are not CAF members or JCRs are considered volunteers, and must complete and sign the volunteer agreement at Annex A. Volunteers should be recommended by the JCR Patrol Leader and approved by the CRPG CO.

Establishing an Adult Committee

6.7 The AC is a community-based and community-sanctioned entity. To ensure community input and support, the chairperson should be a civilian approved by community leadership. The AC should not be chaired by a CR without the approval of the CRPG.

6.8 A new AC should be formally established in the presence of a CRPG staff member. The AC will draft a document declaring the establishment of the committee, and this document will be reviewed and agreed to by all AC members.

6.9 In signing the document, members attest to their understanding of the committee’s collective responsibilities, and it will then act as a formal recognition of members’ contribution to the JCR Program. Each signatory will receive a copy of the document, and a copy will also be forwarded to the CRPG.

Committee Meetings and Consultation

6.10 The AC should meet on a regular basis, and members should make themselves available for consultation with the JCR Patrol Leader and the CRPG staff when requested. The scheduling of formal meetings is at the discretion of the AC. 

6.11 Meetings may include:

  1. regular planning or review of activities;
  2. processing of applications for new JCRs, AC members, or volunteers;
  3. discussion with CRPG staff or other guests;
  4. response to significant incidents;
  5. coordinating plans prior to a field training exercise, ETS, Patrol and Group activities and events; and
  6. annual JCR patrol issues (such as training, facilities and supply).

6.12 Although participation on the AC is voluntary, the AC chairperson is responsible for ensuring that all members are informed, involved, and active in supporting the JCR patrol. 

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7. Community Volunteers

7.1 Along with the volunteers who are part of the AC, other adult volunteers may also support the JCR Patrol with instruction, supervision and activities.

7.2 Prior to working with a JCR Patrol, prospective volunteers must be interviewed by the AC to determine whether they:

  1. have a disposition and bearing that will support positive youth development;
  2. are physically, mentally and emotionally suited to the role they wish to fill; and
  3. can demonstrate pertinent skills and abilities beneficial to delivery of the program.

7.3 Prospective volunteers must also complete and sign the volunteer agreement at Annex A, which will remain in place for the duration of the time the person volunteers with the program. The agreement:

  1. informs volunteers of the potential liability connected to their activities;
  2. ensures volunteers understand what is expected of them; and
  3. confirms that volunteers are capable of performing the functions for which they are volunteering.

7.4 All prospective volunteers must first be successfully screened to ensure the safety of the youth in the program. A complete explanation of the screening process can be found in CJCR Gp Order 10031, JCR Personnel Screening.

7.5 JCR Patrol Leaders recommend volunteers, and the CRPG CO approves their participation.

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8. Publication

Frequency of Publication

8.1 Annual or more frequent review and updates, as required.

Errors/Omissions or Suggestions

8.2 Users of CJCR Gp Orders are encouraged to identify any errors, omissions or suggested orders to the attention of CJCR/CA HQ LO.

9. References

Source Reference

Related References

10. Annexes

Annex A

Volunteer Agreement

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