Ladies arrive at the Rockcastle Shooting Center for the NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure

Park City, Kentucky - We're here at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City to bring you live coverage of the very first NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure. Created by NRA's Women's Programs Department, the Adventure is taking twenty ladies from across the country through an eight-day exploration of the outdoors and shooting sports with personalized instruction from world-class shooters and instructors — and it all kicks off tonight. 

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Sarah Cox receives her certificate from Ed O'Carroll
Sarah Cox receives her Refuse To Be A Victim participation certificate from Ed O'Carroll.

Last month we told you how Sarah Cox, an alumna of the NRA's Youth Education Summit, was bringing the Refuse To Be A Victim® program to her hometown.

"It was during the National Youth Education Summit that I was introduced to the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar. When I understood the objectives of this program, I immediately knew that I wanted to bring this award-winning personal safety course to my community," said Sarah.

With the help of Executive Counselor Ed O'Carroll, a Captain with the Fairfax County Police Department here in Virginia, Sarah did just that. She coordinated a Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar as well as an Instructor Development Workshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina last weekend.

The workshops were incredibly successful - 54 people attended the seminar and 11 of those, including Sarah, went on get their instructor certification.

Sarah has also been busy promoting NRA programs by speaking at local Friends of NRA Banquets and teaching gun safety to children through the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

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Find NRA events near you with the NRA app for Android

You asked for it, Android users. And the NRA listened.

Earlier this month we told you about the NRA app that can be used to find NRA near you to help find NRA Basic Firearms Training courses, NRA Business Alliance members, NRA-affiliated clubs & associations, Friends of NRA events, gun shows, places to shoot, and much more.

This app was available only on iOS devices, but is now available for Andriod platforms as well - free of charge.

Other great features of this app include viewing NRA News programming, where users can view archives or search videos by issue. You can also get feeds for the NRAblog, so you have quick access to our top stories wherever you are.

A Community section offers links to each division’s Facebook or Twitter page, plus a state-by-state rep finder. Users can also use the Take Action section to join the NRA, register to vote, donate or contact the NRA.

Download the free NRA app to your Android device today from Google Play or visit the iTunes store to get the app on your iPhone or iPad.

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo Wheeling, Illinois - Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator Ruthann Sprague has been a busy woman this month. At the recent 141st NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, two Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars were held, followed by an Instructor Development Workshop. The events were a huge success, and now many in the St. Louis area are better prepared to reduce their chances of victimization.

After all of her hard work coordinating the Refuse To Be A Victim® training at the Annual Meetings, Sprague left St. Louis to head directly to the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference and Expo in Wheeling, Illinois. Sprague is bringing the award-winning crime prevention program to the ILEETA Conference in hopes that more law enforcement agencies will incorporate the program into their crime prevention program.

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Want to know where NRA-affiliated activities, classes and events are located in your area? The NRA app for iOS devices delivers that exact information right into the palm of your hand.

As one of the features on our National Rifle Association app for iPhones, the "Near Me" tab lets you search for locations nearby where you can enjoy your Second Amendment rights with the NRA.

Providing contact information and websites for each listing, you should have no problems planning and scheduling to attend any of the great NRA events in your area.

Listings are broken down into the following convenient categories to help narrow your search:

  • Basic Firearms Training
  • Business Alliance
  • Clubs & Associations
  • Friends of NRA Events
  • Gun Shows
  • Law Enforcement Instructors
  • Law Enforcement Schools
  • And more!

Visit the iOS App Store, download the free National Rifle Association of America app and take advantage of this and all the other great features today.

Southern Pines, North Carolina - It's no secret that Sarah Cox is extremely active in the programs of the NRA. Last week we told you that the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) alumna and scholarship winner has organized a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar and Instructor Sarah Cox presents the Eddie Eagle program at a local school Development Workshop in her hometown. She's also been a speaker at several North Carolina Friends of NRA Banquets, which we'll tell you more about next week. But most recently, Sarah brought the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program to a local school and shared her experience with NRAblog:

On the morning of Friday, March 2nd, I presented the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program to the kindergarten and first grade students of Calvary Christian School. It was a large and enthusiastic collection of more than thirty students ready to learn. All of the students were more than willing to hear about Eddie and eager to answer my questions. They loved the Eddie Eagle's motto, "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell an adult". After learning the Eddie Eagle chant and motions, everyone sat down to watch an Eddie Eagle video.

The Eddie Eagle workbook was well received as I presented it to them page by page. Gun safety scenarios were rehearsed and the students proved to be willing and zealous little actors. Each student received an Eddie Eagle Certificate of Completion after they successfully recited the Eddie Eagle chant.

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Thanks to Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator Ruthann Sprague for sharing the story of Sarah Cox. Through her participation in the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S), Sarah became passionate about the Refuse To Be A Victim® Program. With the help of one of NRA's top Certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselors, Sarah is bringing the nationally-recognized crime prevention program to her hometown.

Y.E.S. Scholarship winner Sarah Cox is bringing the Refuse To Be A Victim program to her hometown. Southern Pines, North Carolina – Sarah Cox, a high school senior from Southern Pines, North Carolina, became familiar with NRA programs when she attended the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) in the summer of 2011. She was so impressed by the Refuse To Be A Victim® program she decided to become an instructor herself. She contacted Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselor, Capt. Edward O’Carroll, of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, and asked him if he would come down to Southern Pines to present a seminar for her community and conduct an Instructor Development Workshop.

"My Youth Education Summit experiences as well as my attendance at the annual NRA meeting in Charlotte in 2010 where I met NRA notables such as Chuck Norris, Oliver North, and Wayne La Pierre, have really opened my eyes to the importance of the NRA and its many programs. It was at the National Youth Education Summit that I was first introduced to the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar. When I understood the objectives of this program, I immediately knew that I wanted to bring this award-winning personal safety course to my community," says Sarah.

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NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo If you'll be joining is St. Louis in April for the 2012 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, there's a lot on the agenda besides walking the exhibit hall. Special seminars and training courses are held every day for attendees so they can learn about and participate in NRA's programs while at the Annual Meeting. One such program is NRA's popular Refuse To Be A Victim® program, dedicated to teaching personal safety strategies and techniques to reduce your chances of being victimized.  

During the Annual Meeting, two Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars will be offered - the first on Friday, April 13th from 1:00 - 5:00 and the second on Saturday, April 14th from 1:00 - 5:00. Both seminars are free an open to the public; you need not attend the Annual Meetings to take the course. Home, auto, technology, physical, and travel security will be covered in the course. Please note that the Refuse To Be A Victim® program does not incorporate firearms into the course and does not quality attendees for a conceal carry permit.

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Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Patrick Fuller going through crime prevention techniques on NRAblog

If you're in or around New York City then you need to make room on your calendar for Sunday. For inside the Westside Pistol Range on 20 West 20th Street, Patrick Fuller will be holding his final Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar inside the city. After this, he's packing his bags and heading for the open plains of Pennsylvania.

"It was time," said Fuller. "I wanted to teach one more class before making the move."

What can you learn at a Refuse seminar? Just the basics about increasing your general awareness, security in the home and standard criminal prevention methods. Single parent? College student? Relatively new to the Big Apple? Then there's no reason why you shouldn't attend.

In roughly three hours, Patrick will give you the tools to develop your own personal safety strategy, providing information on:

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