From Federal Premium Ammunition - Federal Premium® Ammunition and CCI® Allocate 20 Million Rounds of .22 LR Ammunition for Youth Shooting Sports Programs

Shooting a .22 rifle at an NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge event

Anoka, Minnesota - Federal Premium® Ammunition and sister company CCI® have dedicated 20 million rounds of rimfire ammunition to youth shooting sports programs. The Boy Scouts of America will receive 10 million .22 LR shells, and another 10 million will be sent to other organizations. This product sold at a discounted price will ship directly to the Boys Scouts of America, 4-H Shooting Sports and other qualified youth organizations. The ammunition distribution process was in cooperation with the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA). Delivery is expected in May and will help ensure that many camps, shooting programs and trainings can occur over the summer.

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Boy Scout Troop 50 stages promotion celebration at NRA Headquarters

Scouts from Troopo 50 admiring guns on display at the National Firearms Museum Fairfax, Virginia - Robert J. Ciola of Boy Scout Troop 50 recently rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. An honor earned by few who ever enter scouting, the road to Eagle Scout is a long one. But one willed with many rewards.

"The thing that scouting does is teach leadership, self sufficiency and gives a young man confidence," explained American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief (and fellow Eagle Scout) Mark Keefe. "Show him how to do something, he does it, he's reward … not only with a merit badge but with a skill he can utilize for the rest of his life."

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Junior ROTC Marksmanship Team takes top honors at the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition

Oviedo High School's ALL GIRL Naval JROTC Marksmanship Team - National Naval Champs
Oviedo High School's ALL GIRL JROTC Marksmanship Team wins the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition.

Scott Clark does a lot of work for the NRA down in Florida. In addition to being a Certified NRA Instructor, Refuse to be a Victim Counselor and Level 1 Rifle Coach, he devotes his "free time" to area youth shooting sports programs.

Earlier this week, he sent us the following on one of those youth shooting programs — the Oviedo High School Naval Junior ROTC Marksmanship Team.

Oviedo, Florida - The Oviedo High School NJROTC Marksmanship Team took top honors at the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition in Anniston, Alabama.

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Junior Team Receives Support from SIG SAUER Academy

Venturing Crew 556 at the Sig Sauer Academy Pro Shop receiving their new pistols

Working with Youth Cooperative Organizations is an essential part of NRA's quest to pass on the tradition of America's Shooting Sports. That's why we're glad to hear about outfits like the SIG SAUER Academy's support of a local Venturing Crew.

Thanks to Venturing Crew 556 in New Hampshire for sharing this story:

Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Pioneer Sportsmen’s youth shooting team, Venturing Crew 556, received additional sponsorship from Sig Sauer Academy earlier this year. In 2012, the Academy helped start the team with donations of ammo, ear and eye protection. This year they are increasing their support with six new P229 pistols.

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2013 Youth Ambassadors get a little bigger as a Texan joins the ranks

2013 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors logo

Fairfax, Virginia - Last week we told you there would soon be a new member of the 2013 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors. Today, 19 year old Dillon Ward from Nacogdoches, Texas steps in as the new NRA representative to next year's class.

Together, the Youth Ambassadors will represent their organizations' involvement in the shooting sports by engaging with industry leaders at national events including SHOT Show and the NRA Annual Meetings.

Being a member of the program isn't without its benefits for the kids themselves. Over the course of the year they will meet shooting sports celebrities and receive various scholarships to help their continued learning and work to expand the shooting sports.

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Local Cub and Boy Scouts coming to National Firearms Museum

Tiger Scout during one of NRA's Night at the Museum events Fairfax, Virginia - Dozens and dozens of groups request (and receive) a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum every year. Historical societies, members of the military as well as a number of youth groups take advantage of the historical road map put together by our well versed curators. There will be a couple more enjoying that advantage this weekend.

"We've got two groups of Scouts coming this Saturday," said Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. "Tiger and Boy Scouts."

For those of you who've been out of the Scouting scene for as long as I have, Tiger Scouts are part of the Cub Scout lexicon. Found between the Bobcat and Wolf ranks, the Tiger Cub is a seven year old (or first grader) who has completed five Family, Den and Go See It (for a total of fifteen) activities. I'm guessing that this one will end up in the Go See It category.

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The 2013 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors get a new addition

2013 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors logo

Fairfax, Virginia - We announced the selection of six new Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors for 2013 a month ago. These shooting sports representatives were chosen from NRA Youth Cooperative Organizations because of their ability to make a difference in their communities.

These ambassadors represent the Boy Scouts of America, the National High School Rodeo Association, USA Shooting, the Royal Rangers, BSA Venturing and the NRA. Unfortunately, we discovered that this year's chosen NRA representative would be unable to join his fellow Ambassadors during their official appearances — a replacement needed to be found. We hope to have the details on that replacement sometime next week.

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Having the right instructor can make all the difference in Scouting

Taking in the fine points of shotgun instructing by Kevin Cummins at the Beaumont Scout Reservation

Kevin Cummins is an NRA Advanced Certified Instructor out of St. Louis. He's been holding shotgun instructor courses in Missouri for a long time now. His specialty is teaching those who teach the scouts. Here's an update on a recent class:

The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA hosted a Shotgun Instructor class 12-13 October, 2012 at Beaumont Scout Reservation.

Education is key to firearm safety. We need to educate the next generation in the shooting sports. It begins with safe firearm handling.

Education is the foundation for everything we do. Our parents enrolled us in school so we could receive the education necessary to become good citizens and self-reliant members of society. It is incumbent upon us to continue our education daily and make certain that today’s youth are educated to best of their ability.

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Recruits receive Thanksgiving thanks to Illinois Venturing Crew

Larry Quandahl of NRA's Youth Programs Department popped into my office this week with a handful of stories. All deserve to be heard, but one that jumped out at me centered on an Illinois Venturing Crew raising money for the local Naval training base. Thanks to Venture Crew 1220 for sharing their tale.

Itasca, Illinois - Venture Crew 1220 of the Itasca/Wood Dale neighborhoods of Illinois came to the rescue of Naval recruits at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The Venturers of Crew 1220 are experienced when it comes to using NRA Basic and Instructor Courses for fundraisers. They have offered both courses in the past to help pay for high adventure trips, like Philmont. In December 2011, Jim Appleby (an NRA Appointed Training Counselor) told the Crew about VFW Post 2801 of Villa Park. It set the stage for everything.

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