AMES, Iowa – The registration deadline is fast approaching for the spring 2009 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification workshop March 27-29. The event helps adult volunteers be successful in leading youth shooting sports programs as well as in teaching youth to apply that knowledge to everyday life skills. Participants can find registration materials for training at the Safety Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) Web site, www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/SESS/shootingsports.html.
The registration fee is $120 on or before March 6; the fee increases to $140 after March 6. Volunteers must be registered and have completed the 4-H Child Protection and Safety Policy screening by March 13.
“Working with impressionable youth has become a very rewarding passion for me,” said Raymond Morris, a certified shooting instructor from Van Buren County. “As we teach safety, we also teach life skills in self-dedication, personal responsibilities and interaction with peers.”
As one of the fastest growing 4-H programs in many states, an estimated 300,000 youth participate in Shooting Sports nationally. These programs across the nation have proven effective in retaining older youth in 4-H and engaging both boys and girls in shooting sports
Participants will spend the entire weekend learning about 4-H and the youth involved as well as training with one of the six distinct shooting disciplines, including coordinator, archery, shotgun, rifle, muzzle-loading and wildlife skills, according to Bryan Whaley, Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator.
“This is an excellent opportunity to open avenues of communication to encourage these youth with positive instruction and reinforcement,” Morris noted.
Volunteers who participate will gain 18 hours of training, and become certified in the Iowa Shooting Sports program.
4-H Shooting Sports focuses on bringing together youth and trained adults and emphasizes shooting, wildlife, conservation and outdoor skills. To get involved with this program contact your ISU Extension county office or Bryan Whaley, Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, (515) 332-2201.
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