Shooting Sports Kick Off

Gary Stockton  |  1/18/2014 1:58:04 AM

Gary Stockton is the Lincoln Parish County Agent with the LSU AgCenter.

There are many Lincoln Parish 4-H Club programs that offer opportunities to young people. The important thing to remember about 4-H programs is that the key component is the benefits that they bring to our young people in the parish. The number one goal for each program that we conduct involves enhancing the development of these young people. One of these programs that I am very proud to have as part of our 4-H Club program is Shooting Sports.

A key to the success of the program is recruiting parent volunteers to assist with the program, either as assistant coaches, helping with paperwork, supervision of youth, or even becoming certified instructors. With the interest in this parish in hunting, there should be many adults out there that would make excellent volunteers with our youth. If you feel like the goals of the shooting sports program are important, then maybe you and you children should become involved. The goals of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program are:

  • To enhance development of self-concept, character, and personal growth through safe, educational, and socially acceptable involvement in shooting sports activities.
  • To encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through shooting sports, hunting and related activities.
  • To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment, including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration.
  • To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.
  • To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and life-long vocational activities related to shooting sports and wildlife.
  • To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational activities.
  • To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting, and hunter education programs using experiential learning methods to promote progressive development of skills and abilities.

Our instructors don’t just teach the participants how to aim and shoot. The shooting sports program strives to enable young people aged 9-19 years, their parents, and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed, and productive members of society via involvement in shooting sports and related activities. Whether your child participates in the shotgun or archery component of shooting sports, they will be learning some very important traits that will benefit them throughout life.

On February 22, we will have what we call our “Shooting Sports Kick-off”. We would like to invite any youth ages 9 – 19 and their parents to come out to the Ruston Gun Club at 11:30 a.m. to learn more about our program. It you would like to participate, please call us at the Lincoln Parish Extension Office at 318/251-5134 to let us know that you plan to attend.

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