Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 06, 2011 15:05 ET

Borden Welcomes Junior Canadian Rangers National Championship

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2011) - More than 50 Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) from across Canada have travelled to Blackdown Army Cadet Summer Training Centre at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden, Ontario, to participate in the 2011 JCR National Marksmanship Championship (NMC) from May 6 to 8, 2011.

After successfully competing in local and regional marksmanship challenges, the NMC is the final stage of the year's marksmanship competition for JCRs across Canada.

"I wish all participants in this year's marksmanship championship the best of luck," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "It is through competitions like this that the Junior Canadian Rangers meet their aim of providing young Canadians from remote and isolated communities a structured program while promoting traditional cultures and lifestyles."

Marksmanship is an integral part of the JCR Programme. The JCR Programme instills self-discipline, builds confidence and allows JCRs the opportunity to compete equally in a gender neutral recreational sport.

The JCR Programme offers young people in remote and isolated communities across Canada a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and rewarding activities in a formal setting. Under the supervision of the Canadian Rangers, these young Canadians (ages 12 to 18) become active and engaged citizens of their local communities.

The media and the public are invited to attend the activities and competitions at the Army Cadet Summer Training Centre located at CFB Borden.

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