Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Jesse Rogers recently ran into Wyoming Field Rep Dave Manzer at the National High School Rodeo Championships in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Also making an appearance at the championships was the Friends of NRA TV crew to film an episode for the upcoming third season.

Here's what Jesse wrote about his experience.

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This NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar focuses on NRA Youth Programs and Competitive Shooting

Interested in bringing some new programs to your shooting range or club? Then join NRA Clubs and Associations for an upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar to learn how to start a youth program and how NRA can help you get started. The webinar will also provide an overview of the NRA Competitive Shooting Division's wide range of activities in shooting disciplines, for shooters of all skill levels.

The free one-hour webinar will be held this Thurdsay, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. You can register online or check out a listing of other upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinars. Topics are offered to suit any club and offer great advice on how to make your club more successful.

Have a question or a suggestion for webinar topic? Contact NRA Clubs & Associations at 1-800-NRA-CLUB or at clubs@nrahq.org.

Television, manufacturing and blogging celebrities descend upon Las Vegas for SHOT Show

Lars and Anne-Marie Rhodes and a corner image of Jay Grazio and Dr. Gene Garris at SHOT Show As I told you earlier, the first part of day one here at the SHOT Show was spent running around saying hello. Quite the undertaking considering the size and scope of the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the calendar for introductions was Matteo over at Beretta and Fredy from Ammoland.com. But that's hardly where it stops.

While making my way over to the Beretta booth, I happened upon Davidson's (of Davidson's Gallery of Guns) where I ran into Anne-Marie Rhodes. A host on the Sportsman Channel, Anne-Marie and I have been talking about guns, Top Shot and web design via twitter over the past few months. I can't speak for her, but it was nice for me to finally have a little one on one interaction. Course, receiving an introduction to Davidson's CEO Bryan Tucker wasn't too bad either.

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Frank Brownell with 2012 Brownell's/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors on NRAblog

At yesterday's Media Day, the NRA's Youth Programs booth had some special visitors stop by, four of the 2012 Brownells/NRA Youth Ambassadors. Olivia Cashman from the NRA, Brandy Drozd from USA Shooting, Jared Hill from the Royal Rangers and Jesse Rogers from the National High School Rodeo Association greeted members of the media as they made their way into the Boulder Pistol, Shotgun and Rifle Club for the 2012 Media Day at the Range.

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NRA's involvement with the Boy Scouts of America's shooting sports program has grown tremendously over the past few years, so it's only natural that we would include a Boy Scout and a Venture Scout in our selection for the 2012 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors program. Bryan Wendell, Senior Editor of Scouting magazine, recently featured the selection of two young men to serve as Abmassadors and represent the shooting sports and scouting.

Two Scouts named NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors

2012 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Josh Nolan 2012 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Will Turner Many young men and women have their first experience firing a rifle or shotgun in the Boy Scouts of America. But earning these two merit badges is only the beginning.

The BSA’s partnership with the National Rifle Association has extended into national jamborees, weekend activities, and countless summer camps.

Both the BSA and NRA want the same thing: to teach young men and women how to properly and responsibly engage in shooting sports.

That’s why two of the six Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors for 2012 come from the BSA’s ranks.

Three cheers to 17-year-old Boy Scout Will Turner from Matthews, N.C. (left), and 20-year-old Venturer Josh Nolan from Dawsonville, Ga (right).

Read the rest of the article here.

Congratulations to Will and Josh for being chosen as 2012 Ambassdors, and stay tuned for profiles on all our 2012 Ambassadors and stories about their upcoming trip to SHOT Show.

2012 Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors logo

Our Youth Programs Department just announced the 2012 selection of the Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, a group of young people making a difference in the shooting sports and their community. These 6 young men and women are members of various NRA Youth Cooperative Organizations with shooting programs and were chosen for excellence in academics, involvement within their community, and participation in the shooting sports.

Here's a quick look at the 2012 Ambassadors who will represent their respective Youth Cooperative Organizations in 2012:

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Collin Wietfeldt from the Men's 2011 World Championship Team We first met trapshooting phenom Collin Wietfeldt in the fall of 2009. Fresh off his selection as a recipient of the NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, Collin had just earned a spot on the 2009 U.S. World Championship Shotgun Team, the U.S. National Development Team, and the 2009 ATA All-American Junior Trapshooting Team. Soon after, he was also named as one of the seven Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors for 2010. That honor included a trip to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and that's exactly where we saw him in January of 2011.

"Claudia (Olsen, NRA Youth Programs Co-op Group Program Coordinator) found out I was attending SHOT for USA Shooting," said Wietfeldt. "She asked if I could talk to this year's Ambassadors about my experience. I was more than happy to."

Now, as a member of the Men's World Championship Team for 2011, Collin spends his time in Colorado Springs shooting three to four hundred shells a day. Well, that's not entirely accurate ... sometimes he travels the world.

"Over the past year I've competed in China, Chile, Slovenia, and Italy," said Wietfeldt. "Where ever there's a tournament for the Men's team, that's where I seem to end up. Each time is an opportunity to compete for our country — that's a real honor. It's been an incredible year."

But life isn't limited to just shooting and travel for Collin. There is also education. In fact, he's currently attending the University of Colorado with his sights on a pre-dental degree. Quite the challenge for the second ranked trap shooter on the U.S. National Team. But, as usual, Collin identifies his objectives and finds a way through.

"It can be tough," said Wietfeldt. "Taking classes while training practically seven days a week. But I want the degree. I want to keep improving as a shooter. Those are my goals. My teachers know this, my instructors at the Training Center know this, and everyone is on board. Now all I have to do is do it."

As you may already know, this year's group of Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors were on the scene at the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. While at the event, the crew stopped by NRA News to talk to Cam Edwards about their mission and their experience at the SHOT Show. Lars linked to this video earlier, but I urge you to check it out if you haven't see it yet to see our Ambassadors in action. 

To kick off the new year, NRA invites the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors to Las Vegas, Nevada for the SHOT Show. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to peak behind the curtains of the shooting, hunting, and outdoor communities as they prepare for the coming season.

"The education that they'll receive here at SHOT is like nothing they've seen before," said NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Claudia Olsen. "No where else in the United States can you run into the CEO of Colt, Winchester, and Norma in an afternoon. So far they've really been enjoying themselves."

They're exposure was almost instantaneous as they were hustled up stairs for an interview on NRANews. And just as soon as their segment concluded, they were greeted in the hallway by NRA President Ron Schmeits.

"I couldn't believe the President of the NRA just walked right up to us and shook our hands," said 17-year old Bailey Kate Conner from Malta Bend, Missouri. "That was so great."

While the Youth Ambassadors were allowed a few hours of free time during the show, their schedule required a stop at both a welcome luncheon and a meeting with Brownell's CEO & President Frank & Pete Brownell.

"They were very gracious," said Thomas Cunningham of Canyon, Texas. "It must be nice working with your dad."

Unfortunately, as time draws to a close here on day three, so does their time here at SHOT. With multiple commitments and plans on their respective schedules, most if not all will be departing tomorrow morning. But what an experience they'll be able to share.

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