Thanks to Claudia Olsen in NRA's Youth Programs Department for this news about the NRA Day program:

Young shooters experience the fun of the NRA Day program on NRAblog
Congratulations to Sandino Stornelli of New York, Steve Gibbs of Wisconsin and John Leinberger of Missouri for being the 2010 top NRA Day State Coordinators. 2010 started with NRA Youth Programs challenging its NRA Day State Coordinators to increase the number of events held in their states and as an incentive, Youth Programs would award the top three coordinators a Henry Lever Action .22 caliber rifle.

The NRA Day program gives communities the opportunity to come together under a formal program to learn, experience, share, and grow in appreciation of the shooting sports. Event themes are designed for discovery and include Basic Shooting, NRA Youth SportsFest, Competitive Shooting Clinics, Shotgun Shooting, Special Interests and Hunting. Above, a group of young shooters participate in an NRA Day Competitive Shooting Clinic in Illinois earlier this year.

As a result of all the hard work of our amazing volunteers, the NRA Day program had a banner year. 147 events were held with a total of 16,854 youth and 3,733 adults attending and 6,226 volunteers helping them make their events a day to remember.

NRA’s Youth Programs will continue this incentive program for 2011 and is counting on the help of their cadre of volunteers to have another banner year. For more information about the NRA Day program, please contact Claudia Olsen at colsen@nrahq.org or 703-267-1591.

Congratulations to our top State Coordinators! Want to know more about NRA Day? Get more info online and find an event near you!

Kids who attend an NRA camp for young shooters have the opportunity to get great instruction and learn some useful tips on the shooting sports.

Youths can learn shooting skills at competition camp

Landon Fellhoelter of Ness City, Kansas takes a shot at Camp Thunder on NRAblog Four years ago, Brandy Dueck of Salem was a most unlikely candidate to oversee a youth competitive shooting camp.

Yet here she is, the director for the 26th annual Col. Allison Junior Rifle Club NRA Junior Rifle Competition Camp on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 through 30, at Four Corners Rod and Gun Club.

"Actually it was kind of funny," she said about an overnight stay that her daughter, Taylor, spent with a friend three years ago. "I guess her parents were members of the gun club," Dueck said.

At a sports show, they had heard about the juniors program at the Albany Rifle & Pistol Club and decided to check it out.

"So they decided to take their daughter, and Taylor happened to be spending the night and went with them," Dueck said, then laughed. "I pick her up at her friend's house, and she says, 'Look, Mom. Look what I did.And she pulled out these targets that she had shot. So I said 'OK,' and she's actually been with it ever since. And she really enjoys it a lot."

Continue reading the rest of the article at the Statesman's Journal here.

Seminole County Gun and Archery Association - NRA Day participants

With the weather getting warmer across the country, more and more people are looking forward to enjoying some time outside. What better way than at your local range or gun club? We offer an exciting program called NRA Day that will get you and your family out on the range, enjoying the fun of the shooting sports in a safe, supervised environment.

All across the United States, gun clubs, ranges, and other facilites are offering NRA Day events to people within the community. NRA Day events vary by theme and can include learning to shoot several types of firearms, or focusing on just one specific gun. Other events may include archery, fishing, or other outdoor activities. No matter what your interests, NRA Day is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to experience the thrill of the shooting sports.

We've made it easier than ever by listing all our registered NRA Day events online, searchable by state and theme. Many of these events are free to the public or require a very nominal fee to cover supplies and equipment. New events are added almost every day, so check out the listing online and discover NRA Day!

Back in November, we encouraged young pistol shooters to register for the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp. Here’s a report on the event courtesy of Jim Hagearty, Coach of the Illinois Junior Precision Shooters. This event was also registered as an NRA Day event through the Youth Programs Department:

Shooters and coaches from the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp

Streator, Illinois - SFC Eric Daniels, United States Army (Ret.), a former member of the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Service Pistol team, was the lead instructor for the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp, sponsored by the Illinois Junior Precision Shooters - Precision Pistol and hosted by the Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Club in Streator from December 27th through the 29th.

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Celebrate NRA Day on NRAblog The NRA Day Program has had another banner year, with 146 held events in 2010. More than 20,000 people attended NRA Day events across the country this year with the help of more than 5,000 volunteers.

Designed to introduce people to the shooting sports, the NRA Day Program encourages clubs and ranges across the country to invite people in the community to their facility to get them involved in the NRA programs that the range offers. From firearms safety, to competitive shooting, to events for women or children, NRA Day has a theme to for everyone. We provide you with materials and promotional items including t-shirts and pins for your attendees. We can even help you apply for state grant funds through the NRA Foundation to help fund your event.

Are you a member of a club or range who could hold an NRA Day event at your facility? Contact our Youth Programs Department at youth@nrahq.org for more information and to find out how you can host a NRA Day event in 2011!

NRA Board of Directors member Professor David Coy has been running a successful NRA Day program with the Lenawee County Conservation League for the past nine years. Held in Adrian, Michigan, the event has introduced hundreds of people to the shooting sports, providing introductory firearms education. In May 2010, nearly 350 people took part in the event, learning to shoot BB guns, muzzleloaders, pistols, shotguns, and .22 caliber rifles.

"What we have found is that there are clearly multiple benefits to the NRA Day Program. Our goal is always to be very safety oriented and make it comfortable for first time shooters. We strive to provide a first class enjoyable experience and get people to the firing line with one-on-one instruction and to make it fun," Coy said. "If you can make it an enjoyable experience, the local club stands to gain new members, but more importantly it dispels the mythology that guns are bad. People leave with a positive experience involving firearms."

Coy's event is currently the first NRA Day registered for 2011 and your event could be next. Don't wait to send in your application to conduct an NRA Day event. The Youth Programs Department is looking for a record-breaking number of NRA Day events in 2011; encourage your local shooting club or range to host an NRA Day.

Getting started couldn't be easier - learn more about NRA Day or contact our NRA Day Program Coordinator at 703-267-1591 or youth@nrahq.org for more information. You can even request your planning guide and application online.

NRA Training Counselor Kevin Cummins reports:

The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA hosted the first-ever National Venturing Event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America on September 24-26th, 2010 at Beaumont Scout Reservation. This event was held during the 35th year of the Fall Fun Rally.

While there were numerous events and activities for youth to choose from, shooting sports was a key event in the program for the Venturers and Explorers. With over 1,500 youth and adults in attendance, training in the safe handling of firearms and the opportunity to shoot pistol, rifle and shotgun was the highlight for many.

The event was pleased to have Mark Belli, NRA Youth Programs Coordinator, together with Connie Elliott at this event to provide information as to the exciting changes that have taken place within the BSA Shooting Sports program and opportunities that are available. Meeting with many leaders, instructors and training counselors, they were able to answer questions as well as provide assistance where needed.

46 NRA Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers, under the supervision of Kevin Cummins, NRA Training Counselor, helped to staff the three ranges as well as provided the safety briefings while adults were informed of various disciplines of the NRA Certified Instructor program and Range Safety Officer training which is held regularly at Beaumont Reservation.

This well-planned event provided a safe environment for the Scouts to learn the basics of safe shooting from experienced NRA instructors. For many of the Venturers and Explorers attending, this was their first time shooting a firearm and having the opportunity to shoot rifle, shotgun and pistol added to their enjoyment. After shooting at the range, the Venturers and Explorers were presented an NSSF Junior USA Shooting Team emblem.

With Mark Belli and Amanda Millward of the NRA Youth Programs Department providing support for the event, as well as NSSF’s Dianne Vrablic, this event was considered a huge success.

Thanks, Kevin! Read his other pieces here.

Wisconsin NRA DayEvent Services Coordinator Amber Niblock-Shorter found the picture at right in her inbox and couldn't help but share it with NRAblog.

"This photo accompanies an article by Paul Mayer, Founder and Chair of the Dodge County Friends of NRA," Niblock-Shorter told NRAblog. "Look for it in our upcoming Traditions magazine."

An excerpt of Mayer's article:

As buses filled with fourth- and fifth-grade students rolled into the Dodge County Fairgrounds, anticipation was building for the young ladies and men about to embark on day of outdoor activities.

The Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo, the biggest NRA Shooting Sports Camp to date, attracted 3,500 students, teachers and chaperones this year, according to Dan Gunderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Outdoors Alliance Foundation. It was the fifth year for the event, which has reached more than 20,000 students in the past five years. In today’s fast-paced society, these outdoor experiences might be lost forever if not for programs like these and the volunteers and sponsors who help support them.

“The goal of this event is to get the kids active in the outdoors,” Gunderson said. “They get a chance to experience a little of everything at this event. The students are having fun and, at the same time, learning things – and they don’t even know it!”

For the rest of this fabulous story, you'll have to wait for your copy of Traditions magazine!

An NRA Day event in Wisconsin was recently featured in the Columbus Journal. Sponsored by the Dodge County Friends of NRA, the event allowed area families to try their hand and the shooting sports and enjoy a day of family fun.

Sportsman's association holds family day

NRA Family Day was held July 31 at the Columbus Sportsman's Association (CSA), sponsored by Dodge County Friends of the NRA.

After a safety briefing, families were given hands-on instruction for shooting shotguns, single action shooting (cowboy), pistol and rifle by volunteer instructors associated with the Dodge County Friends of the NRA and CSA members.

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