First Instructor Training Workshop since NRA's application process goes online

NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - For all of those NRA Training Counselors out there, you know the drill. You post a class on NRAInstructors.org, reserve some range time and hold a class. Then there's the tricky part — submitting paperwork. Usually that means mailing things here to NRA Headquarters. That could take a while to process. No more.

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Youth Take Aim at Camp Shooting Opportunities - Fun, Mentorship and Outdoor Traditions

NRA Adventure Camp activities at the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Kevin Reese, an outdoor writer out of Texas and a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), sent us the following on youth shooting camps.
Who could forget Allan Sherman’s masterpiece Hello Mother, Hello Father (A Letter from Camp), the satirical look at life at Camp Granada! Face it, the food is typically choke-worthy and at least a few walk away with poison ivy, yet for those who attend, youth camps are as much a fabric of our culture as hunting shooting. So, what could be better than instilling ethical, responsible hunting and shooting in your youth with a rustic campground as your backdrop?

Shooting activities were a hallmark of many youth camps throughout the 20th century and the trend continues in our 21st century. Many of today’s youth camps continue to share our outdoor heritage throughout the nation. ... more on youth shooting and hunting camps ...

Ambassadors capture moments from Sunday's Youth Day at the NRA Convention

Houston, Texas - Recreational Shooting Specialists Samantha Olsen and Andy Lander were charged with a special task during the NRA's 142nd Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston — create and run an NRA Youth Day. Something cool. Something fun for parents and kids alike. Something they will always remember.

What they came up with was spectacular.

A Laser Shot booth, bags of popcorn, an Annual Meeting scavenger hunt, an Air Soft 3-Gun course and more. As the events and activities started piling up, they kept adding more. What they needed now as a finishing touch. That would come by way of another NRA Youth Program.

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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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