4-H Shooting Sports Program Underway in Stephenson County

STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- University of Illinois Extension and Stephenson County 4-H is proud to announce the start of a youth shooting sports program. The Stephenson County shooting sports club is new to Illinois and has been structurally revised from previous shooting programs. The 4-H Shooting Sports Club is an active participation program designed to introduce young people to the sports of archery, air rifle, shotgun, and .22. The program is built around natural resources, wildlife, outdoor recreation, and safety. The program goals include experiential learning and positive interaction with other members under the tutelage of state certified instructors. The core concepts will stress safety, ethics, personal responsibility, and the development of lifetime recreational skills.

Shooting Sports are open to youth 8 - 18 years of age for archery and air rifle, and 10 – 18 years of age for shotgun and .22. Safety is first and foremost - participants are expected to follow the directions of the various instructors at all times. All equipment for all disciplines will be supplied by the club. No personal equipment will be allowed at the events.

Kim Christman, 4-H Youth Educator, stated, “the 4-H staff, in conjunction with the shooting sports instructors and coordinator, want this to be an exciting, enjoyable, and rewarding experience taught within a safe environment. We hope that this will be the first of many wonderful years showcasing the life skills gained through a structured shooting sports program.”

Registration is currently open until April 9th for youth interested in the archery club. The archery club will start on Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Trail Archers facility located at 107 E. Spring St., Freeport. The club will then meet every Tuesday thereafter from April through May. The fee for participating in the archery club is $40.00 for 4-H members and $50.00 for non 4-H members to help cover mandatory insurance, equipment maintenance, etc. In addition, there will be a $1.00 fee for each target used. The same target may be used for all classes, if desired. Information and registration for other shooting sports disciplines will follow as the events are planned. If interested, please contact Lori Tessendorf, 4-H Program Coordinator, at (815) 235-4125 or register online by visiting: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8106.

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