This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.
Extension’s fastest growing 4-H program is Safety and Education in Shooting Sports. Certified volunteers lead shooting programs in more than half of Iowa’s counties. These programs are generating excitement and new involvement in 4-H.
Andy Hill, Manly, was an adult gun club member and NRA certified instructor when his nephews convinced him to become a shooting sports leader. “The youth development training required to be club leader opened my eyes to what Safety and Education in Shooting Sports was all about,” Hill said. “We are involving kids in this club who have never been interested in 4-H before. We’re also involving parents and adults who have never had 4-H experience.”
Leaders are certified in one of four disciplines — rifle, shotgun, archery or muzzle loading — and members participate in the discipline of their choice. Some compete at the state and national level.
Rick Tremmel, Sigourney, said, “It’s wonderful watching kids learn and then excel in the sport. They are growing in many ways, besides learning how to shoot. They are more disciplined and thoughtful before they act, more responsible and have leadership responsibilities. Our club does community service projects. Organizations see this as a real asset to the community and have been very supportive.”
See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life.
Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org