The Yuku Baja Muliku Ranger team have developed a junior ranger program to ensure that young people on country can learn from their elders and it also provides an opportunity for non-indigenous people to learn more about the country.
Our Junior Ranger program has a current registration list of 55 children from Prep to year seven. Junior Rangers is run every Thursday during the school term from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Activities range from building gunyas, weed collection and identification, bird watching, turtle education activities and crocodile awareness, plus many more.
The children involved in the Junior Ranger Program are Indigenous and non indigenous students from the local Cooktown region.
The Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers and Junior Rangers held a camp on the June July school holidays 2014, the camp was a huge success with 25 Yuku Baja Muliku Junior Rangers and 22 Lama Lama Junior Rangers attending. They participated in animal trapping, exploration of bush, land and sea. bird watching, bush walking and many other activities, finishing the day around the fire roasting marshmallows, telling stories and learning new games.
The Yuku Baja Muliku rangers have assisted with a number of school excursions and school camps, to teach students about sick and injured marine life and introduce students to turtles in care, and activities include knot tying techniques, orienteering, sustainability discussions, traditional spear making, and other bush craft.