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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Are you a shooting coach? An instructor? Then you can help the Boy Scouts next July in Mount Hope

A proud Scout from the Kansas City area shows off his cherished souvenir Federal  shotgun shells complete with the Jamboree logo after finishing his 5 Stand experience at Camp Thunder.on NRAblog Kansas City area Scout shows off his cherished souvenir at Camp Thunder - shotgun shells with the Jamboree logo. (Photo by Philip Schreier)
The 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree is right around the corner. Taking place at the brand new High Adventure Base just outside of Mount Hope, West Virginia, it appears they are in need. In need of coaches and instructors.

"We were contacted by officials from the Boy Scouts of America," said NRA Education & Training Director Bill Poole. "They are looking for USA Archery Level 1 Instructors, NRA Certified Instructors and Certified NRA Coaches to run what they tell me is the largest youth shooting sports event ever held in West Virginia."

Here's a bit from their formal announcement:

Shooting Sports promises to be a sensational section at the Jamboree as thousands of Boy Scouts and Venturers will experience numerous shooting sports activities. 

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Sea Cadets offer teens the chance to experience real-life Naval situations — even a few days training with the Navy SEALS

U.S. Navy Sea Cadets touring the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Back in the early 1960s, the Navy was looking for a few good men. Taking their cue from the Boy Scouts of America, they started a youth program focused on those with a focus on the sea ... the Sea Cadets. Ever since that day it's been full speed ahead with promising results.

"About 80% of the those who join the Sea Cadets will go into the military," explained Commanding Officer Lt. Michael J. Treacy — an NRA member since age 11. "They enlist, enroll in ROTC or attend a military college. Today, for example, 12% of those attending the Naval Academy are former Sea Cadets."

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Who will help the NRA promote the shooting sports this year?

2013 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors logo

The selections have been finalized and the list has been released. We now have your Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors for this next year.

These six young supporters of the shooting sports truly make a difference in their community, and that's why they were chosen. They come from NRA Youth Cooperative Organizations all over the country, looking to involve themselves in the preservation of the shooting sports.

The Youth Ambassadors won't make their debut until the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas this January, but we'll be bringing you their stories leading up to the expo. If you miss them in Vegas, they'll also make appearances at the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Houston, Texas next spring.

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New Jersey teens arrive in dress whites to tour NRA Museum

Sea Cadets and League Cadets pose outside NRA Headquarters in Northern Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Yesterday, Saturday the 29th of September, marked the arrival of some very important guests at the National Rifle Association. Straight from the docks of Lawrenceville, New Jersey came the John T. Dempster Jr. Division of the Sea Cadets — a nonprofit organization that teaches teenagers teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership.

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Next year's ambassadors to the shooting sports almost finalized

The 2012 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors meet Frank Brownell at SHOT Show

Our Youth Programs Department is about to announce the 2013 Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors. These six young men and women are chosen from members of various NRA Youth Cooperative Organizations for their excellence in academics, involvement within their community, and participation in the shooting sports.

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Exhibit details NRA's involvement with instructing Scouts on safe firearms handling

Exhibit on NRA's relationship with Boy Scouts of America

There's a new piece of flair around the NRA Headquarters offices. On the building's top floor, the sixth, where our Competitive Shooting and Education & Training divisions reside, a display case on the NRA's relationship with the Boy Scouts of America has appeared.

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3 Generations of local family attends NRA Annual meeting

The Domijan Boy Scout brothers at NRA's Annual Meeting
Paul and Anthony Domijan at the NRA Convention in St. Louis.

St. Louis, Missouri - While searching for Top Shot's Greg Littlejohn on the final day of NRA's Convention in St. Louis, I ran into the Domijan brothers at the Smith & Wesson booth. Paul (a Life Scout) and Anthony (an Eagle Scout) appeared to be on their own and completely in awe of their surroundings.

"No, our father and grandfather are over at the Henry booth," said Paul.

Residents of South St. Louis, Paul and Anthony are members of Boy Scout Troop 473. Enthused by their attendance, I inquired as to their impressions on the weekend.


The Boy Scouts of America are one of NRA's most active Youth Cooperative Organizations, who utilize NRA firearms training for their shooting sports programs. Troop 270 from new Hampshire is no exception. Thank you to Scoutmaster Mike Michaels for sending the following report and photos from Troop 270's day of rifle shooting.

Tenderfoot Scout Nathan Cormier
Tenderfoot Scout Nathan Cormier admires one of his targets. Photo by Carol Lane
Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Boy Scout Troop 270 of Pembroke, New Hampshire brought out 18 Boy Scouts and 10 adults for a great day of rifle training and shooting fun. Weather was no concern as the boys were donated indoor range time and target rifle usage from Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. of Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Pioneer is a private club for pistol, rifle and archery with a beautiful and well equipped indoor range.

New shooters just starting the Rifle Merit Badge went through the NRA FIRST Steps rifle course with Instructor Scott Lane. Experienced boys proceeded directly to the range to complete their groups. One of the toughest parts of earning the Merit Badge is shooting five, 5-shot groups at 50 feet that can be covered by a quarter. Many of the participants were able to complete the requirements. All the boys had a great time with over 1600 rounds fired.

The troop shoot was organized by Scoutmaster Mike Michaels who has been a firearms enthusiast since the first day he shot a .22 rifle as a young Boy Scout. Michaels is noticing that there are not enough kids involved in the shooting sports but yet all of the scouts he meets are very interested in shooting.


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