Sign up for 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification in ElDo

Posted September 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

The 4-H Shooting Sports program is not possible for youth, without leaders who are willing to share their love for shooting and hunting and spend time handing down their knowledge and experience to a young person.

“Whether you are a veteran marksman, military personnel, sportsman, enjoy hunting or have never shot a gun, 4-H shooting sports needs you to volunteer to help lead a shooting sports program,” said Dr. Amy Patillo, 4-H youth specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification will be held Oct. 4-6, at Camp Galilee, El Dorado Springs. Sessions begin Friday evening (7 p.m. -10 p.m.) and conclude Sunday at 3:15 p.m. The cost is $65 and includes five meals, overnight lodging and workshop materials.

Registration is limited and will close when sessions are full. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis when accompanied by fee. In the past, these workshops have filled up before the deadline.

“4-H Shooting Sports is a positive youth development education program. Skills and disciplines of shooting are used to assist youth and their leaders to learn the discipline of shooting and life skills that are built into the program curriculum,” said Patillo.

Shooting Sports is open to any youth from ages 8 – 18 years of age. Project choices for youth include: Archery, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle .22 caliber, Air Pistol, Shotgun (11 years and older), Smallbore Pistol (14 and older), Muzzle Loading (11 and older) and Hunting and Outdoor Skills.

4-H uses shooting sports to teach positive youth development and create youth-adult partnerships for mentoring and character education. Missouri 4-H shooting sports programs are invaluable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship.

“The discipline and self-control required for responsible firearms use continues to develop in many other aspects of youth development and ongoing life events,” said Patillo. “Volunteer with 4-H Shooting Sports today to help promote the highest standards of safety and ethical behavior to teach youth to use guns safely and responsibly while enjoying a competitive local, State and National 4-H Shooting Sports program.”

For more information, contact Amy Patillo, 4-H youth specialist, by email at patilloa@missouri.edu, or by telephone at 417-256-2391.