4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers Sought

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Nationally, the 4-H Shooting Sports program has been in existence since 1975 with more than 300,000 youth and 46,000 adult volunteer instructors enrolled in the program. The program provides a supportive adult supervised environment in which young people can experience fun, hands-on learning experiences in the shooting disciplines. Youth age 8-18 have the opportunity to become involved in the shooting disciplines of archery, air and .22 caliber rifle, and shotgun – a minimum age of 10 will be required for the shooting disciplines of .22 caliber rifle and shotgun.

"The University of Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program joined the national effort in the fall of 2009", says Dan Dawson, Coordinator for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. "We have been able to provide adult trainings that has resulted in 170 adult volunteers becoming certified to teach the material in their local counties. The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of shooting and archery and much more. The activities of the program and support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics.

The next scheduled adult Illinois certified training workshop will be held September 28-30 at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello, Illinois. Adult volunteers (over 21 years of age) are needed and required in order for county programs to function in each discipline as well as a County Coordinator. If interested in becoming involved in the counties of Henry, Mercer, Rock Island or Stark, please contact Cheryl Geitner, 4-H Youth Development Educator at (309) 756-9978. The deadline to register is September 18 for the training. For more information about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/shootingsports/.