4-H Shooting Education Update

If you have a 4-H Shooting Club in your unit, or volunteers interested in starting a shooting club, please share the information below with them.  Thanks!

National 4-H Invitational
Two teams from Virginia competed in the National 4-H Invitational in Nebraska the last week of June.  Our Air Pistol team coached by Chris Wearmouth, a 4-H volunteer instructor from Tazewell, placed 2nd in the nation out of 10 teams. Our Shotgun Team, coached by RL Harris from Appomattox and Mike Wolfe from Botetourt, placed 9th in the nation out of 25 teams.

 VA 4-H Shooting Camp
A total of 64 youth ages 12 – 16 are registered for next week’s shooting camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center.  These campers will receive basic firearm safety and marksmanship instruction in the archery, pistol, rifle and shotgun disciplines.  Linda Eanes, 4-H Extension Agent in Cumberland, is serving as this year’s camp director.

Northern District 4-H Shoot
The northern district is sponsoring a shoot in Culpeper on Saturday, August 17th.  For additional information including a Fact Sheet, Match Program and Registration go to the website listed below.

VA 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Program
Please encourage your outstanding teens to apply to be an ambassador for the VA 4-H Shooting Education Program.  Call for an application!  Interviews for the next “crop” of ambassadors will be conducted during the weekend of the State 4-H Shoot.

State 4-H Shoot
The 2013 State 4-H Shoot is set for the weekend of September 13th – 15th at Holiday Lake 4-H Center.  For additional information, go to www.4-h.ext.vt.edu/programs/nree/shootinged/indexshootinged.html

VA 4-H Shotgun Championship
The 2013 VA 4-H Shotgun Championship will be held Saturday, October 5th at Brushy Mountain Gun Club located in Pittsylvania County.  Go to the above site for a Flyer, Match Program, Registration and Sponsor Form.  This championship is the qualifying event to select senior 4-H members to represent Virginia at next year’s National 4-H Invitational.

October Instructor Certification
To start a 4-H Shooting Club, you need to have certified instructors.  The next 4-H Instructor Certification will take place the weekend of October 18th – 20th at Holiday Lake 4-H Center.  The following disciplines will be offered – archery, coordinator, pistol, rifle and shotgun.  Additional information, including an application, will be posted on the above website in the near future.

NRA Grants
In the past, 4-H Shooting Clubs and 4-H Centers have been successful in securing grants through the Virginia Friends of the NRA Program.  This year’s grant deadline is November 20th.  For additional information and to access on the online grant application, go to www.nrafoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant.aspx

Jinx L. Baney
Coordinator, VA 4-H Shooting Education Program
and Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

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