By Kyle Jillson | February 16 2011 16:25

Nathan Switzer, who was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Youth Award and participated in this past year's NRA Youth Education Summit, took the time to write a great article for NRA InSights on his experience at Y.E.S. and the benefits you'll get from the once in a lifetime trip.

2010 NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recipient Nathan SwitzerIf you are currently a sophomore or junior in high school, have I got a deal for you to consider! If you are younger, read it anyway and make plans to participate in the future. During the summer of 2010, Friends of NRA paid my way to Washington, D.C., so that I could participate with 44 other high school sophomores and juniors from around the country in NRA’s Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.).

Where else do you start an NRA Summit but at the NRA headquarters? We met the department heads and heard about their projects and activities. I know many people who work at NRA, but there were whole departments that I did not even know existed. Your NRA organization is huge, and they are all working for you.

We also toured the fascinating National Firearms Museum with one of its curators, who is as passionate about his work as many of you are about Facebook and texting. And this is no dusty old museum. It has a world-class collection of amazing firearms and the stories behind them. Currently they are hosting a temporary exhibit called “Hollywood Guns.” If you have seen a gun in a movie, it is most likely on display. They even have the Colt MK IV used in Machete, a movie that has not even hit theaters as I write this article.

After the museum tour, we got to shoot several different modern sporting rifles at the NRA range. We participated in a mock Friends of NRA lunch that was totally fun. I got some amazing things in that auction. Unbelievably, all that happened on Day One.

Read the rest of the article on NRA InSights' website here and learn more about the Outstanding Achievement Youth Award here.

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