Ranger Profile – Stephen Badhwar - Video

Video / April 10, 2017 / Project number: ncr-vid-17-0066-stephen-badhwar


(Country music playing)

(Scene opens to a group of Rangers participating in a trust exercise. One Ranger is being helped through a web of ropes tied to trees, without touching the ropes.)

(Master Corporal Stephen Badhwar: OK, here comes my left leg, coming up! Stiff like a penguin.)

Master Corporal Stephen Badhwar: My name is Master Corporal Stephen Badhwar. Ever since I was a child I didn’t want to be in the Army. I wanted to be the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces Europe since I was six years old. That was my ambition. And if I couldn’t do that I was going to be Prime Minister. If I couldn’t do that I wanted to be the Canadian ambassador to the UN. Well none of those happened, so I became a hippy instead.

(Cut to a scene of MCpl Badhwar chopping onions outdoors to put on a piece of meat that he is seasoning)

Master Corporal Stephen Badhwar: I wanted to live in the bush, so my wife and I at the time, we were living outside of Peterborough on a farm and my wife had always wanted to go north. She’d read Jack London and Robert Service. So one day we said, we were 25, we were young and adventurous and said it’s now or never, let’s do it. So we looked at a map of Canada and we found the furthest place away from Toronto and Ottawa.  We loaded up the old ’75 Dodge half-ton and put all our earthly possessions on there and headed north to the Yukon and came down to Atlin. And as soon as we were on the road we looked up and we saw an eagle circling and we knew that our decision was the right one. And we both felt like we were coming home.

(Cut to a shot of a group of Rangers preparing a camp fire. One Ranger uses an axe to chop a piece of wood for kindling)

Master Corporal Stephen Badhwar: In a small community like this, everyone wears so many hats and everyone [g1] is multi-, multi-talented and you have to be to survive in a place like this. And I think the Ranger program attracts those people in particular. So, something goes wrong, we’ll be the people that they call in to help out, to fix things.

(Cut to a scene of MCpl Badhwar teaching a group of Junior Rangers how to tie knots)

(MCpl Stephen Badhwar: So I’ll just show you really fast, and then I’ll go through it step by step. So they say right over left, and under. And then left over right and then under.)

(Cut to individual shots of MCpl Badhwar working with each Junior Ranger to tie knots)

Master Corporal Stephen Badhwar:  I would encourage people to consider joining the Canadian Rangers if they are in a northern or remote community of Canada, from one of the three coastlines is where Rangers principally are, and down through Hudson’s Bay and James Bay. I would encourage them to consider joining, number one because of the fun you have and number two because of all the neat things you can learn and thereby use those skills to help your community and help your country.

(Fade to black. The green Canadian Rangers logo quickly appears on screen.  Three maple leafs, a rifle and an axe are stamped into the middle of the Ranger shield, with a red banner marking 70 years of the Canadian Rangers 1947-2017 appearing immediately below in white text.)

(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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