If your life was impacted by the Ontario Ranger program, you will want to attend Lobby Day on September 24 in Toronto, Ontario at Queen’s Park.
Tuesday, September 24, noon-1, Room 230
A complimentary lunch will be held with the MPP’s
Cancellation of the Ontario Ranger Program
The Ontario Ranger Program, formerly called the Junior Ranger Program, started in 1944 for youth (originally just boys) in their 17th year to spent 8 weeks of their summer living in a camp, learning about natural resources, maintaining Ontario’s provincial parks, maintaining hiking and canoe trails, tree-planting, while learning valuable skills that would shape their careers, including team building, leadership, time management, along with first aid, and health and safety training. For many, it is the first time away from home, and for some – the first time away from southern Ontario.
The loss of the program is devastating for so many who had the life altering experience of being a Ranger as a teenager. So many former Rangers still call their Ranger year the best summer of their lives, an experience that led them to a career in forestry, natural resources, or park maintenance.
The Ontario Ranger Program will be replaced by the Stewardship Youth Ranger Program. The workers will no longer stay overnight in camps.
The Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program (FORP) held a Jamboree, Aug. 24, in Huntsville, Ontario to draw attention to cancellation of the Ministry of Natural Resources program that inspired more than 70,000 young people for seven decades.
To learn more about restoring the Ontario Rangers Program, please visit:
On the web: www.savetherangers.ca
On Facebook: friendsoftheontariorangerprogram
On FORP’s blog: www.friendsoftheorp.com/blog
On Twitter: twitter.com/Savetherangers