Jon Draper, Program Coordinator for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, wrote this article about a couple new Eddie Eagle costumes that have popped up in Florida. 

The Eddie Eagle mascot costume program is starting off 2012 at a great pace and has already made sure that two brand new Eddie Eagle mascot costumes have found new homes with law enforcement in Florida!

The Dunnellon Police Department and the Lake City Police Department are extremely appreciative of the grant funding that they received from the NRA Foundation to purchase these costumes. The new costumes will undoubtedly have a lasting positive effect on the children in those areas.

The funding for the costumes, $2800 each, was awarded to the departments through an NRA Foundation Grant with funds raised by the Friends of NRA in Florida.

We strongly encourage all law enforcement agencies to improve their Eddie Eagle presentations by applying for an Eddie Eagle mascot costume grant through the NRA Foundation.

Learn more about NRA Foundation Grants for Eddie Eagle costumes on their website or call (800) 231-0752.

Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon told us about a 2011 Y.E.S. alum Amanda Krpan teaching the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program to over 200 cub scouts in Melrose, Florida. We asked for more so she sent us the details straight from Krpan:

YES Alum Amanda Krpan bring Eddie Eagle to Cub Scout Troop in Florida

Earlier this month, I presented to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to over 200 cub scouts at an event called Buc Tuocs at Camp Shands in Melrose, Florida! The day is designed for the cub scouts to go to different stations like archery, learn about bugs, animal tracks and the wonderful work of Eddie Eagle.


Turning the clock back a bit, have a look at this Eddie Eagle video on proper gun safety. Although it was made a while back, the message has not changed and the methods have not either.

Created in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 25 million children with its easily remembered rules for when you see a gun:

  • STOP!
  • Don't Touch
  • Leave the Area.
  • Tell an Adult.


Jon Draper, Program Coordinator for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, sent us the first Eddie Eagle update of the New Year from the Mason County Sheriff's Office.

Eddie Eagle with two offers from the Mason County Sheriff's Office on NRAblogMason County Illinois Sheriff Wayne Youell announced that the National Rifle Association has awarded the Mason County Sheriff’s Office’s with an Eddie Eagle costume to assist sheriff’s officers in teaching Mason County’s youth about gun safety.

“Our office is excited to have been awarded this costume and happy to be partnering with the National Rifle Association for this great cause,” said Youell. “We feel the costume will greatly enhance our education efforts of gun safety to our county’s children. Plan to see Eddie Eagle present at many of our community events.”

NRA's Eddie Eagle tells kids “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Eddie Eagle on NRAblog 2011 was a banner year for NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program as they achieved yet another milestone in December by reaching their 25 millionth child with the life-saving message, “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Eddie Eagle program manager Eric Lipp explained why the program works, “Through the assemblies, videos, coloring books, stickers and everything else, the program leaves a lasting, positive impression on everyone who attends — adults and children alike.”

Created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, in consultation with elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers, and child psychologists, the program provides pre-K through the third grade children with easy to follow rules should they ever encounter a firearm while unsupervised.

“Now that 25 million children have gone through the Eddie Eagle program, we can concentrate on reaching the next 25 million with this important life saving message,” said Kayne Robinson, NRA Executive Director of General Operations.

To learn more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, visit their website at

Youth Education Summit participant Theodore Mikrut teaches Cub Scouts about Eddie Eagle. Sandwich, Illinois - 2011 Y.E.S. alumnus Theodore Mikrut participated in the Boy Scouts Three Fires Council Camporall last weekend at the Sandwich Fairgrounds in Illinois. The three-day event was enticing enough to draw almost 4,000 people who gathered despite the high winds and brisk October temperatures.

Before being allowed onto the range that weekend, every Cub Scout at Camporall was taught about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program by Mikrut to ensure any scout interested in shooting was introduced to proper safety information.


NRA members asked for it, and here it is - the 2012 $5 Silver Cougar, the latest piece in a series of wildlife coins from Universal Coin & Bullion, the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Dealer of the Universal Coin announces the release of the 2012 Silver Cougar Coins, the third coin in the silver Wildlife Series on NRAblog NRA. You may remember them as sponsors of the National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, the NRA Bianchi Cup, and Eddie Eagle, and our friend Paul Stein, the Vice President of Marketing, filled us in on the exciting news about their newest wildlife coin:

The Cougar, the latest issue in a popular series of legal tender, silver bullion coins depicting North American wildlife, is now available.

Struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, each of the coins is made of one-ounce of 99.99 percent pure silver. The Cougar is the third in a planned series of six commemorative coins celebrating North American wildlife.

"As the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Dealer of the NRA, we are excited that the announcement of the 2012-dated Royal Canadian Mint silver Cougar created a buzz at the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago this past summer. The first two coins in the series, the Timber Wolf and the Grizzly Bear, sold quickly, and the same is expected to happen with these stunning Cougar coins," said Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion.


Eddie Eagle Manager Eric Lipp congratulates Border Patrol Agent Kevin Worrell for winning the 2011 NPSC Eddie Eagle contest Albuquerque, New Mexico - Eddie Eagle has been traveling across the country for more than twenty years now. With videos, coloring books and stickers, it helps ingrain his life saving message of: “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult." But the biggest asset in getting across these four simple steps is the Eddie Eagle mascot costume.

"The kids light up with you come in with the costume," said National Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program Manager Eric Lipp. "It's by far our most popular and effective tool."

So popular that NRA Law Enforcement decided to give one away at the 2011 National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque.

Throughout the week, hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers threw their names in the proverbial hat in hopes that the costume would end up in their department. And the lucky winner? Border Patrol Agent Kevin Worrell.

"We're pretty active with the Laredo (Texas) community," said Worrell. "This costume will make our work a whole lot easier. I can think of a half dozen places right off the bat where I can put it to use."

If you'd like to learn more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, visit their website at

Chief Gary Broden of the Avondale Estates Police Department and Eddie Eagle on NRAblog Eric Lipp, National Manager of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, sent us another Eddie Eagle update from a Night Out in Georgia:

Chief Gary Broden of the Avondale Estates Police Department in Avondale Estates, Georgia, decided to pull out all the stop for their 2011 National Night Out event at the Dewey Brown Memorial Plaza this August. Chief Broden jumped on the phone, made a few calls and borrowed an Eddie Eagle Mascot Costume from NRA's Law Enforcement Division.

Along with tons of food, the event was filled with a wide variety of safety vendors. There was the Police Department's Bomb Disposal and K-9 units, a child identification program known as Georgia Chip, and of course the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. According to the Chief, it was a big hit!

We were more than happy to lend Chief Broden and the Avondale Estates Police Department a mascot costume for this worthwhile event. Here's looking forward to Georgia's National Night Out in 2012!

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