Thanks to Rob Beckman for passing along the following report and photo from a Training Counselor Workshop in Kansas.   

The trainers and students from a Training Counselor Workshop in Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas - No one could had planned for nicer weather on the last weekend of winter. It was under those sunny skies and 80 degree weather that NRA's Education and Training Department conducted a Training Counselor Development Workshop (TCDW) at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Kansas City, Kansas.

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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.

Basic Shotgun stance and aiming for boy scout instructors in St. Louis.
Future Shotgun Instructors taking the first steps in class.

Kevin Cummins, an NRA Certified Training Counselor, sent us the following on a class he held for the Boy Scouts of America's Greater St. Louis Area Council:

St. Louis, Missouri - The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA hosted a Shotgun Instructor class 24-26 February, 2012 at the Beaumont Scout Reservation in west St. Louis County.

Education is key to everything we do. Our parents enrolled us in elementary school so we would receive the education necessary to become good citizens and be self-reliant members of society. It is incumbent upon us to not only continue our education daily, but to make certain today’s youth are educated to best of our ability.

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It's no secret that the NRA and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have been working together for years to help train those in Scouting to become NRA Certified Intructors and Training Counselors. This weekend, a group of 14 BSA National Camp School Directors from all across the country have traveled to NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia for some additional training.

Already certified as NRA Training Counselors, the group is attending training to learn about how to implement shooting sports programs at their National Camp Schools, helping expose thousands of Scouts to the shooting sports and helping them earn Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badges. They already use their Training Counselor certification to create NRA Certified Instructors within the BSA network, helping to expand the number of adults who are qualified to help Scouts earn their shooting Merit Badges and learn firearms safety.

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NRA assisting "Year-Round" Boy Scouts shooting programs

NRA Director Bill Poole holds a memo of support from the Boy Scouts of America Fairfax, Virginia - As Director of the NRA Education and Training Department, Bill Poole is a busy man. There's courses to review, instructors to recruit, materials to order and much much more. But when there's an opportunity to put something together with a quality organization like the Boy Scouts of America, there's always time to spare. That's where the "Memorandum of Mutual Support" comes into play.

Occurring almost to the day of Scouting's 102th Anniversary (founded on February 8, 1910), the memo helps solidifies the relationship between the two groups. Among other things, it recognizes the Boy Scouts as "the national leader in youth development ..." and acknowledges that "the National Rifle Association as the nation's leader in providing firearms safety and marksmanship training." Additional mentions include the importance of marksmanship, the need to improve training and value of NRA Certified Instructors.

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Walking up to the front door of the 14th Annual Boy Scouts Sporting Clays Invitational at the South Florida Shooting ClubPhilip Schreier, Senior Curator for NRA's National Firearms Museum, was in Florida over the weekend for the 14th Annual Boy Scouts Sporting Clays Invitational at the South Florida Shooting Club — here's his report:

West Palm Beach, Florida - For the 14th year in a row, the Gulf Stream Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted their invitational sporting clays event to raise money to benefit the programs of this south Florida scouting community.

The event was held at the spectacular facilities of the South Florida Shooting Club, a 25 million dollar shooting venue located on 650 acres just 45 minutes from West Palm Beach. This amazing shooting sports complex has 8 Trap fields, 3 fully automated Sporting Clays courses, 2 Skeet fields and a number of 5 Stand fields.

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At SHOT Show with NRA's 2012 Youth Ambassadors with Frank and Pete Brownell and Olympian Kim Rhode on NRAblog

Las Vegas, Nevada - Yesterday afternoon, members of the hunting and shooting industry gathered for the introduction of this year's Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors:

  • Boy Scouts of America: 17-year-old Will Turner from Matthews, North Carolina.
  • National High School Rodeo Association: 16-year-old Jesse Rogers from Bloomfield, New Mexico.
  • USA Shooting: 17-year-old Brandy Drozd from Bryant, Texas.
  • Royal Rangers: 17-year-old Jared Hill from Salem, New Jersey.
  • BSA Venturing: 20-year-old Josh Nolan from Dawsonville, Georgia.
  • National Rifle Association: 18-year-old Olivia Cashman from Wisconsin.
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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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