Members of the South Vancouver Island Rangers are encouraging the public to come out for a free picnic and games event that’s sure to have something for the whole family.
The picnic will take place on Sunday (May 28) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rangers’ facility in Langford (3498 Luxton Rd.). Club members invite the community to come out and enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as games for both children and adults.
“We’d like everybody to come down and have a look,” said head ranger Glenn Francis. “It’s a great family day, that’s the whole idea of it … it’s an old fashioned family picnic. Everybody’s welcome to come down and have a hamburger on the Rangers.”
Francis hopes the annual event will raise awareness about what the Rangers do in the community. He noted that it’s also the club’s way of saying thanks to their Langford neighbours.
“We have a lot of shoots during the year and we want to thank the neighbours for putting up with this kind of thing.”
The Rangers formed in 1941 and were originally tasked with patrolling the Goldstream watershed, amid concerns that the Japanese might attack British Columbia’s West Coast. They were soon absorbed into the new military service known as the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers, which disbanded following the conclusion of the Second World War.
Now, the Rangers operate as a social club, with onsite trap and skeet shooting facilities, and fundraise for a variety of community causes.