Junior Canadian Rangers – Enhanced Training Session - Video

Video / April 3, 2017 / Project number: ncr-vid-16-0125-01-jcr-enhanced-training

 

(Music begins – children chanting. Fade from black to various landscape shots of trees and mountains)

(Cut to shot of sign reading ‘Caserne Boyle Barracks Yukon)

(Cut to shot of a log cabin-style building)

(Cut to shot of school bus parking)

(Cut to shot of Junior Canadian Rangers walking)

(Fade in title)

‘Junior Canadian Rangers - Enhanced Training Session’

(Cut to close up shot of Major Volstad)

(Fade in title) ‘Major Craig Volstad Commanding Officer (2013-16), 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’

Major Craig Volstad:

Junior Canadian Rangers is a structured program that allows youth to grow and become leaders in their community, whether it’s in the Junior Canadian Ranger program as they progress, the Ranger program, or just leaders in their community.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers walking)

Major Craig Volstad:

The Enhanced Training Session, we hold it every year in Whitehorse.  It’s based off of three circles of learning:  traditional learning, Ranger skills, and life skills. 

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers walking)

Major Craig Volstad:

So we try to cover all aspects of their life to make them better people when they go back to their community.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers, Canadian Rangers and military members)

Major Craig Volstad (addressing the crowd):

Bring it on in here, guys.

Major Craig Volstad (continued, in voice over):

We have almost 300 kids from 35 communities in the three territories.

(Cut to shot of Maj Volstad standing in front of Junior Canadian Rangers)

 Almost 100 Rangers and a staff of about 35.

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad addressing Junior Rangers)

Major Craig Volstad (addressing Junior Canadian Rangers):

The relationships that you guys build here, now, today are relationships that will last a lifetime.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers listening)

Major Craig Volstad:

It is these relationships that will help us build a stronger north and a stronger nation.

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad from behind)

So I got four things I want you guys to work on this year.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers listening)

First one is learn. Learn from your instructors; learn from the staff; and learn from your peers, whether it’s from the same community or whether it’s from another community.

(Cut to wider shot of Junior Canadian Rangers listening)

Challenge yourself.

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad from behind)

If you’re afraid of water, jump in that swift water.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Rangers)

Be respectful of each other. We all have diverse backgrounds.

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad and Junior Canadian Rangers)

We all approach things slightly different. Respect each other’s ideas and build on them. And last one guys, and probably the most important is: just have fun.

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad and Junior Canadian Rangers)

Okay?

(Audience clapping)

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

Usually on day one, they’re pretty nervous. Some of them might even be crying.

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad and Junior Canadian Rangers. Junior Canadian Rangers applaud)

But by the end of it, a lot of them don’t want to go home.

(Cut to wide shot of landscape and Whitehorse skyline. The sound of rapids is heard)

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers standing on rocks in the middle of a river)

Voice of male instructor:

Let’s go, let’s go! We don’t have much time!

(Junior Canadian Ranger screams and jumps in the water and is pulled along by the current)

(Cut to close up of the Junior Canadian Ranger as he hits the water. Followed by cheers)

Voice of female instructor:

Yeah!  Feet up, feet up, feet up!

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

Youth from the high Arctic, a lot of them have never seen mountains, they have never seen trees. They’ve never experienced insects, nor the temperatures we have in Whitehorse, believe it or not. 

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Ranger in the water)

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger being helped out of the water)

Female instructor (As she falls back into water with Junior Canadian Ranger)

One, two, three.  Woohoo!

Major Craig Volstad (voice over continued):

To see their reaction and see them grow from complete amazement to actually embracing this climate is pretty awesome.

(Cut to close up of Maj Volstad)

Major Craig Volstad:

And the other side, the youth that are from the area, how they embrace the kids and help them share experiences, you really see a difference over a small seven-day period.

(Cut to close up of instructor and Junior Canadian Rangers in drill)

Instructor (singing):

Caribou are the best.

Junior Canadian Rangers (singing):

Caribou are the best.

(Camera pans across Junior Canadian Rangers)

Instructor (singing):

 We will work and will not rest.

Junior Canadian Rangers (singing):

We will work and will not rest.

Instructor (singing):

We travel back and forth.

Junior Canadian Rangers (singing):

We travel back and forth.

(Camera pans across Junior Canadian Rangers)

Instructor (singing):

Through the Great White North.

Junior Canadian Rangers (singing):

Through the Great White North.

(Cut to close up of instructor from behind)

Sandy Dubois (voice over):

I’m here because I love Junior Rangers. 

(Camera pans across Junior Canadian Rangers in drill)

Sandy Dubois:

I am also here because I love being an instructor and being able to lead the younger JCRs in being a positive role model.

(Cut to close up of Sandy Dubois Fade in title: ‘Sandy Dubois, Junior Canadian Ranger’)

Sandy Dubois:

I go out of my comfort zone to get them out of theirs, which is really nice. Then, it feels awesome. The bonding is much more strong after that.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers)

Instructor (singing):

Trolls, trolls, get back in your holes!

Junior Canadian Rangers (singing):

Trolls, trolls, get back in your holes!

Instructor (singing):

Hoorah!

Junior Canadian Rangers (singing):

Hoorah!

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger Sandy Dubois)

Sandy Dubois:

A lot of them for Nunavut and Northwest Territories, they don’t get to see all the stuff we get to see all the time. 

(Cut to medium shot of two male Junior Canadian Rangers. Silly music begins)

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger’s hands reaching for an insect on the ground)

Sandy Dubois:

They don’t know a lot of what we know. 

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Ranger reaching for insect)

They don’t know what a spruce tree is, or certain flowers, bumblebees.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger catching insect with an identification badge)

So, it’s really an experience for them.

Junior Canadian Ranger:

Take it off, you!  Where is it?

(Junior Canadian Ranger screams, drops insect)

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers passing a volleyball around)

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers passing volleyball)

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

Anytime you bring upwards of 300 kids together, you have lots of challenges. And homesickness and adjustment to the culture is definitely one of our biggest challenges. 

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers playing basketball)

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Rangers playing basketball)

(Cut to close up of basketball going into the net)

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers using payphones)

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

For the younger youth, this could be the first time away from mom and dad and the first time away from the community that they know.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers on phones)

(Cut to close up of Maj Volstad)

Major Craig Volstad:

Fortunately the military umbrella allows us a lot of flexibility, but we have the leadership to guide these kids through these challenges. And, most of them come out of here a heck of a lot stronger than they were when they came into it.

(Cut to medium shot of Canadian Rangers speaking to a Junior Canadian Ranger)

(Cut to medium shot of MCpl Simon sitting with Junior Canadian Ranger)

(Cut to close up of MCpl Simon. Fade in title: ‘MCpl Dollie Simon, 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’)

Master Corporal Dollie Simon:

During our camp brief, I got all JCRs from all communities together and let them know that my background is a community wellness worker, certified counsellor. 

(Cut to medium shot of MCpl Simon and a Junior Canadian Ranger walking)

So, when they are lonesome and they’re not feeling good, I ask them to come to me and I’ll be there for them.

(Gunshots. Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers on a firing range)

(Cut to medium shot of MCpl Simon and a Junior Canadian Ranger receiving instruction from a military member)

Junior Canadian Ranger:

Should I pull back?

Military member:

Yeah, you already did that. Just hold in tight and just squeeze your trigger.  Okay. Go ahead.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger as he fires a rifle)

(Cut to medium shot of MCpl Simon and Junior Ranger. They high-five)

Master Corporal Dollie Simon (voice over):

I talk to them, encourage them. 

Military member:

Okay. Leave your rifles in place. Everybody stand up.

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers and instructors walking to targets)

Let’s move forward and check your targets.

Master Corporal Dollie Simon (voice over):

Just get them to try it once. Don’t push them.

(Cut to close up of MCpl Simon and Junior Canadian Ranger inspecting target)

Master Corporal Dollie Simon:

You got all five.

Junior Canadian Ranger:

I did?

Master Corporal Dollie Simon:

Yes! All the five shots were on the board.

Master Corporal Dollie Simon (voice over):

I sort of give them a challenge.

(Cut to medium shot of MCpl Simon embracing Junior Canadian Ranger)

Master Corporal Dollie Simon (voice over):

‘If I do it, will you do it?’ Just keep encouraging them, don’t force them.

Canadian Ranger instructor:

All right! On the count of one.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers preparing to lift a large tree trunk)

Pick it up! Let’s go! One!

(Junior Canadian Ranger lifts the trunk and places it on a sawhorse)

Canadian Ranger instructor:

Woo hoo!

Sergeant Norman Beebe voice over:

My purpose is to make sure these kids have a good time.

(Cut to close up of Sgt Norman Beebe. Fade in title, ‘Sgt Norman Beebe, 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’)

We have all sorts of wonderful, different things they can play around with and try down here.

(Cut to medium shot of Sgt Beebe shaking the hand of a Junior Canadian Ranger in front of sawhorse)

Sergeant Norman Beebe (to Junior Canadian Ranger):

Methena! Where did your parents come up with that name, eh?

Junior Canadian Ranger:

My grandma.

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

That’s sweet! All right!

(Sgt Beebe grabs a chainsaw)

(Cut to close up of Sgt Beebe’s hands on the chainsaw)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

So, hold this down. Pull fast.

(Junior Canadian Ranger starts the chainsaw)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Are you a lefty or a righty?

(Cut to medium shot of Sgt Beebe holding the chainsaw and Junior Canadian Ranger. Junior Canadian Ranger shrugs. Sgt Beebe shrugs back)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Do this!

(Points to nose)

Put your finger on my nose!

(Junior Canadian Ranger reaches out with right hand)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Okay, you’re a righty! (Laughter)

(Cut to close up of Sgt Beebe and Junior Canadian Ranger holding chainsaw)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Fire it up!

(Chainsaw revs up)

(Cut to medium shot of Sgt Beebe and Junior Canadian Ranger. They cut into the tree trunk)

(Cut to close up of chainsaw as it cuts through the trunk)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Okay! Now I want you to move down; cut me a notch.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger cutting a notch)

(Cut to close up as cut is finished)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Good stuff!

(Chainsaw is switched off)

Sergeant Norman Beebe (shakes hands with Junior Canadian Ranger):

Beautiful name, beautiful job. You’re hired! You can cut wood for me any day!

(Cut to close up of archery target as arrows hit)

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers shooting arrows)

Junior Canadian Ranger says to another Junior Canadian Ranger:

I’m going to hit the bull, Michael.

Sergeant Norman Beebe (voice over):

They work together, right? They take pictures of each other when they are working.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger as she releases an arrow)

They’re swapping stories and stuff over at the archery range. 

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers walking to targets)

Some of them are really good at it, some of them aren’t. 

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger inspecting target)

They’re teaching each other, even as kids they are teaching each other.

(Cut to close up of two Junior Canadian Rangers inspecting arrows)

It’s bonding.

(Cut to close up of Sgt Beebe)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

That’s one of the main purposes of this camp; is to get them out, show them stuff they have never seen before, get them to work as a team, alright, build friendships that last a lifetime.

Josie Stoney (voice over):

Norm, he’s pretty chill.

(Cut to close up Josie Stoney. Fade in titles, ‘Josie Stoney, Junior Canadian Ranger’)

Josie Stoney:

I like that guy. He’s outgoing, he’s a good person and he’s really funny. Like, he’ll tell pretty funny jokes and his moustache is just top notch.

Sergeant Norman Beebe (voice over):

You’re going across one at a time.

(Cut to wide shot of Sgt Beebe and Junior Canadian Rangers. There is a tightrope attached to a tree with a ladder.)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

I’ve never had anybody actually fall off this rig.

(Cut to close up of Sgt Beebe pointing to tightrope. Silly music is playing.)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

They have fallen on it, right? But they’ve never fallen off of it.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger, laughing)

(Cut to wide shot of Sgt Beebe and Junior Canadian Rangers)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

We’ll start with one of the kids from Gjoa Haven.

(Cut to close up of a Junior Canadian Ranger climbing a ladder and stepping onto a rope strung across two trees)

Sergeant Norman Beebe (voice over):

Aha! Away you go!

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Ranger crossing the rope with Sgt Beebe helping)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Just slide your feet, right?

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger’s feet)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Less motion.

(Cut to medium shot as Junior Canadian Ranger loses balance)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Bend your knees. Bend your knees. Hang on your arms.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger on rope)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

You’re doing good. Keep moving your feet.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers watching)

Sergeant Norman Beebe:

Even when you’re doing the wobbly.  He-he-he-he.

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Rangers paddling in canoes – silly music ends)

Josie Stoney (voice over):

The canoeing was beautiful. The scenery is just perfect.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers in canoes)

When you go out and you see the water and the lake and you can see the mountains in the background and the just tree line, it looks so beautiful because you don’t really see stuff like that back home.

(Cut to wide shot of canoes and mountains in background)

(Cut to medium shot of canoes)

And when you’re canoeing it’s just relaxing. It gets your nerves a bit relaxed, you know?

(Cut to wide shot of canoes on the water, mountains)

You don’t get to learn stuff like this back home.

(Cut to close up of Josie Stoney)

Josie Stoney:

For instance, if I never went to the course before and just came out camping I wouldn’t know what to do. I wouldn’t, like, know how to hunt, what to eat.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers walking through the bush)

You don’t get to do stuff like that back home.

Male Canadian Ranger:

If you get a cut that’s infected, or a sliver you can’t pull out, get the sap off that tree that’s been cut, just put that on and then put a band aid on.

(Cut to close up of Canadian Ranger speaking to Junior Canadian Rangers)

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger, listening)

(Cut to close up of Canadian Ranger’s hand)

It will bring the sliver out and it’ll take all the pus and the infection out of your hand.

(Camera zooms out to show Junior Canadian Rangers)

Junior Canadian Ranger:

What’s that?

Male Canadian Ranger:

It’s pitch off a spruce tree.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger cutting a tree with a hatchet)

Male Canadian Ranger:

You’ll see it in all the trees that have been damaged.

Master Corporal Solomon Voisey (voice over):

I’m thankful I had a grandfather that thought he had to teach me survival techniques out on the land.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Rangers inspecting sap)

(Cut to close up of MCpl Solomon Voisey. Fade in titles, ‘MCpl Solomon Voisey, 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’)

Nowadays, there’s many people employed now so they can’t go out with their children or grandchildren anymore. So, in a way I think that’s where the Rangers take over.

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers in the bush)

Female Canadian RangerCome around, check it out.

(Cut to close up of female Canadian Ranger next to a tree)

We found a bear. Remember the height that we showed you? The black bear?

(Cut to close up of a Junior Canadian Ranger touching claw marks on a tree trunk)

Female Canadian Ranger

Look at that. There’s a mark here. And it’s a bear claw.

(Cut to medium shot of other Junior Rangers touching the claw marks)

Male Canadian Ranger

Bears will reach as high as they can and mark trees all through their own territory. A bear marks that low and then another comes in and marks it higher. This bear is going to be watching it. He knows there’s somebody in there bigger than him. And if you see a mark up there about eight or 10 feet, you should be watching it.

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Rangers looking at the tree)

Master Corporal Solomon Voisey (voice over):

They do learn things down here that will be useful when they get back home - very much.

(Cut to close up of MCpl Voisey)

Thanks to the military.

(Music begins. Dissolve to a wide shot of water and wilderness)

(Cut to close up of the Canadian Ranger flag)

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers on parade grounds)

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

We try to make accommodations for all the different cultures. 

(Cut to medium shot of Maj Volstad walking across parade ground)

And whenever possible, share the unique aspects of each culture.

(Maj Volstad stops in front of Junior Canadian Ranger Sandy Dubois)

Sandy Dubois:

Junior Canadian Rangers, attention!

(Cut to wide shot of Junior Canadian Rangers on parade grounds. They stand to attention)

(Cut to Junior Canadian Ranger Sandy Dubois saluting Maj Volstad. Maj Volstad returns the salute)

On the final parade, what you’ll find is a little bit of a demonstration – from throat singing, drum dancing and other aspects of unique culture that we’re still working on because it depends on year-to-year, what skills those kids have.

(Cut to close up of Maj Volstad)

And they put on a bit of a show and they’re very proud of it.

(Cut to wide shot of parade grounds)

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

It’s a pretty awesome experience.

(Female announcer speaking through PA system) Throat singing is a unique, enchanted form of musical expression.

(Cut to wide shot of a female Junior Canadian Ranger walking across parade ground)

A mixture of husky chanting and low growling, throat singing is a competition in which the first person to laugh, stop, or run out of breath loses.

(Two female Junior Canadian Rangers begin throat singing)

(Cut to various close ups as they perform. They stop and laugh. Applause)

(Cut to wide shot of a soldier on the parade ground)

Soldier:

Three cheers for the outgoing commanding officer, Major Craig Volstad! Hip hip!

All:

Hooray!

Soldier:

Hip hip!

(Cut to medium shot of Junior Canadian Rangers raising their arms)

All:

Hooray!

Soldier:

Hip hip!

(Cut to close up of Sgt Norman Beebe and a female Canadian Ranger walking across parade ground)

All:

Hooray!

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

Over my last three years in the command, I’ve seen kids grow.

(Sgt Beebe and female Canadian Ranger approach Maj Volstad and present him with a plaque)

I’ve seen the difference our headquarters makes through programs like the Enhanced Training Session in Whitehorse.

(Cut to close up of Maj Volstad)

And to see these people grow and become leaders, it’s been one of the most inspirational programs, I would say, in the North for sure, and maybe even in Canada.

(Cut to wide shot of parade grounds)

(Cut to close up of Junior Canadian Ranger Sandy Dubois crossing parade grounds to receive a plaque)

Announcer:

This award is presented to the Enhanced Training Session, Advanced Junior Canadian Ranger, exemplifying the highest level of leadership. This award goes to Sandy Dubois of Dawson City.

(Applause)

Major Craig Volstad (voice over):

Everyone leaves here with unique experiences and something to say, ‘wow, I made a difference, and this is something I’m very proud to be a part of.’

(Cut to close up of Sandy Dubois receiving plaque and saluting)

(Fade to black. Silly music begins.)

Female Canadian Ranger (voice over):

I get a kick out of you guys getting scared of little bugs.

(Fade to medium shot of female Canadian Ranger and two female Junior Canadian Rangers as the video credits roll)

Okay? All it is - is a little pinch.

(She lightly pinches a Junior Canadian Ranger)

Junior Canadian Ranger (reacting):

Eeew!

Female Canadian Ranger

See? That’s a little pinch. Okay, when you guys are in your boat and you guys have got a little, small boat and I see you guys hunt seals and whales. For me - you see it on TV. But with me, I go with you guys, that’s going to scare me.

Credits on screen:

Produced by:  Directorate Army Public Affairs

Cinematographer: MCpl Kurt Visser

Field Producer/Director:  Doug Rotar

Post-production: Patrick Edwards

Special Thanks to: Capt Stephen Watton, 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, Junior Canadian Rangers, Bruce Valeriani

(Fade to black.  Fade to Title reading: ‘Strong. Proud. Ready. Forts. Fiers. Prêts.’)

(Fade to National Defence Identifier and copyright information. Fade to Canada wordmark.)

 

 

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