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Shooting Sports & Archery 


Shooting Sports will be held at Hawkeye College again!
This includes Shooting Sports and Archery!
2nd Saturday of each month: 
8:30-9:15am - Archery    
9:15 - 10:30am - Shooting Sports

2024 Dates: 

  • April 6th - First Monday
  • May 11th 
  • June 8th

Open to all 4-Her's 4th graders and older.


Chickasaw Hall is Number 9.
Black Hawk County Recruits for 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports Program

Is 4-H as an organization in favor of any gun control legislation?
· 4-H does not endorse or oppose any legislation or political stance.
· 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices.
· As the nation’s largest youth development program of Cooperative Extension, we stand behind the integrity of our research-backed programs that produce hands-on learning in science, health and well-being, and civic engagement.

Foundational Statement
The following foundational media statement is to be used as the basis for further messaging around the issue of shooting sports, including holding statements, talking points, etc.
4-H is proud of our research-backed youth development programs, including shooting sports. These programs provide hands-on learning experiences and develop critical life skills under the guidance of a caring and knowledgeable adult mentor.
Shooting sports are a rich part of American tradition. The Olympics, for example, feature over a dozen shooting sport events. 4-H members have opportunities to explore the sport of shooting, hunting and sportsmanship skills in county, regional, state and national competitions, all under the supervision of trained mentors.
Like other sporting events, these programs provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills like teamwork, self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility and decision making. They do not advance a singular point of view, but empower young people to ask questions, think for themselves, create real-world solutions and lead their peers.

Does 4-H Shooting Sports receive funding from the NRA?
· The National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee receives no funding from the National Rifle Association.

What is the relationship with Friends of the NRA?
· In some states, at the county level, 4-H Shooting Sports programs may receive educational grants or funding for equipment and supplies through Friends of the NRA banquets. Friends of the NRA raise dollars to support firearm safety and education and are not politically based.
· 4-H Shooting Sports programs have no political obligations, expressed or implied, in order to receive Friends of the NRA funds. Friends of NRA funds can only be used for educational purposes.
Is the NRA or Friends of the NRA involved in 4-H Shooting Sports program development?
· Neither the NRA nor Friends of the NRA have any involvement in 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum development.
· 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum is developed by youth development professionals supported by their Land Grant University and peer-reviewed by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.
· National guidelines are provided to all state 4-H Shooting Sports programs, and oversight is provided by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.
Are government dollars used to fund the 4-H Shooting Sports program?
· No, support of the National 4-H Shooting Sports program is supported by funds raised at the county, state, and national levels.

About the 4-H Shooting Sports Program
· Like all 4-H programs, 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum is focused on positive youth development and teaching life skills. With the guidance, training and supervision from adult mentors, 4-H Shooting Sports provide a positive experience for youth and promote the safe and ethical use of firearms and archery equipment.
· 4-H volunteer instructors are screened by each state 4-H program and can only be certified with a minimum of 12 hours of training using 4-H curriculum. Shooting Sports curriculum is developed by youth development professionals supported by their Land Grant University and peer reviewed by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.

4-H Dog Project Event 

This is the spot to watch for upcoming Dog Obedience meetings, workshops, and information to help you build a positive relationship with your 4-legged best friend and prepare for the Black Hawk County Fair. Need some project ideas? You are in the right place!

4-H Dog Obedience meetings begin on Wednesday, May 31st! The meetings will be held from 5:30- 6:30pm at the Extension office every Wednesday night until July 5th. 4-H Dog Obedience is a great way for youth to build a positive relationship with their dogs and learn new skills. Sign up information coming soon!

Workshops for 4-H'ers

Who LOVE Dogs (No dogs required!)

Any 4-H’er that is interested in learning more about their canine BFFs, or dogs in general, is welcome to join!

4-H’ers do not need to have a dog or plan to attend dog obedience next year. Need to join 4-H?  Please enroll at

This is a chance to explore all the cool things about dogs and why people love them. Please Sign Up in advance, click on links below!

Please Call 319-234-6811 if you are interested in attending. 

Happy Cartoon Dog


FTC (First Tech Challenge) 

Are you interested in robotics? First Tech Challenge is a robotics team for youth 8th grade and older who are interested in designing machines, processers necessary to assemble robots, and the construction of machines.

First Tech Challenge teams design and build a robot using a reusable kit of parts and compete within a common set of game rules to play an exciting field game and complete the specific season challenge. The robot game changes every season and is always a blast!

The team focuses on team building, programming, organizing our tools and parts to establish a system, brainstorm techniques and get input from everyone, work on implementing the selected solution and plan to meet the challenge. They also work on their communication skills when presenting their project design and process before a judging panel. Contact Diane Wolfe for more information.

Horse & Pony 

Teach youth to appreciate. riding as recreation, learn horsemanship skills and understand breading, training, and raising horses as a business, and also acquire skills in horse management by owning and being responsible for an animal.

This club meets weekly for two months out of the year and requires a horse to participate. If you don't have a horse you may sill be able to participate through using another individuals horse - contact our office and we can help!

Two ponies and a horse looking at the screen.


Join Black Hawk County Council

Join Black Hawk County 4-H Council

Fill out application to join

Meeting dates will be emailed to you.
If you are on County Council you are excepted to be at these meetings. If you can not be there be in contact with a Black Hawk Extension staff employee. 


New 4-H Online

October is time to re-enroll! 
Or if wanting to be new member go to 4HOnline

Enrolling in 4-H Paper Forms Available

Print and send to:  Extension Office, 3420 University Ave. Suite B, Waterloo, Iowa  50701

FEE is $15 paid to Black Hawk County Extension, In Black Hawk County, students K-3rd grade can become a Clover Kids at no cost. Youth 4th-12th grade can join for $15.00, thanks to the support of the annual Omelet Breakfast event. Financial Aid is available. Please Call for more info! 319-234-6811

Info Booklet for New Members

Map of Clubs and Leaders

Black Hawk County 4-H Club Locations