By Kyle Jillson | August 3 2012 13:42
Landon Fellhoelter of Ness City, Kansas takes a shot at Camp Thunder on NRAblog

Summer is the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy the shooting sports.

And what better way to have fun with others - even your whole family - than at a Brownells/NRA Day event. These community activities are great opportunities for adults, kids, families, hunters, sportsmen, competitors and basically everyone to have some fun learning more about, or improving their skill at, the shooting sports.

All NRA Days have a theme and are provide exposure to a different side of competitive shooting. Events are hands-on and typically outdoors, meaning you can discover the shooting sports in a safe, controlled environment.

NRA Day staff are some of the frendliest people around and want to see everyone have fun at their events. If you've never been to an NRA Day and have even the slightest interest, contact someone putting on an NRA Day near you and see what they have to say.

Here are your NRA Day events for August:

Safety And Firearm Education Events
Safety is applied and practiced as participants are taught how to safely handle, load, shoot, and unload a variety of different guns.

  • August 11
    Menomonie Rifle and Pistol Club; Menomonie, WI
    Youth Muzzle-Loader Shooting Camp
    Open to all ages. Instructions and equipment provided.
    Registration starts at 7:00
  • August 12
    Alabama Hunt Club; Alabama, NY
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Archery, Paintball, Air Rifle, .22 rifle, Trap and Muzzleloading rifle shooting 
    Required Shooting Safety course begins at 9:30
    5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. Limit 40 Participants
    716-632-1264 ask for Donna
  • August 12
    Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club; Spooner, WI
    Family Range Day
    Contact James Dohm

Competition Events
Participants learn how to compete in a specific shooting sport, what rules govern the sport, proper selection and use of equipment, and how to develop the skills and techniques that give a competitive edge in matches, tournaments, and championships. Competition camps can be conducted at beginner, intermediate or advanced skill levels.

  • August 3
    Vancouver Rifle and Pistol Club; Vancouver, WA
    The 2012 Washington NRA Beginner's Competition Shooting Camp held at the Vancouver Rifle and Pistol Club is a 3 day event with no age requirement however shooters must be proficient enough to keep most of their shots in the black. The cost is $60 per shooter which includes dinner the first night, lunches and a t-shirt. You will be shooting 3-position Smallbore.
    Amanda Ueltschi at

Youth Sportsfest Events
Youth participants are introduced to the fun and excitement of shooting sports in a safe, positive, and educational environment. Each SportsFest has its own specialized program focus based on the resources, expertise, and facilities at the sponsor's disposal.

  • August 8
    FFA Leadership Training Center; Haines City, FL
    Florida FFA Outdoor Adventures Explore the outdoors, Safety and Firearm Education, Hunter Safety Certification, and Challenge Courses.
  • August 11
    Stone Bank Sportsmen's Club Inc.; Oconomowac, WI
    8:30 - 4:00pm a Maximum of 400 youth Register early. Events include Air gun, Pistol Shotgun, Archery and Rifle.
    Michael Figueira

Special Interest Events
Sponsors promote new or locally popular shooting activities, or design programs that meet the needs of more specialized segments of the population.

  • August 12
    Holiday Lake 4H Center; Appomattox, VA
    Ages 12-16 Cost for all disciplines is $220 except for Muzzleloading it is $235 and for Shotgun $270.If youth do not have their own equipment it will be provided to them. All meals included. Youth will participate in the discipline of their choice, Air Rifle, Rifle, Pistol, Muzzleloading, Shotgun and both Compound and Re-curve Archery. Fun activities are provided when not shooting such as the Seneca Run, Field Games, Canoeing,Swiming, High Ropes and Zip line.
    Contact Sharon Harris at 434-352-2467

Youth Sportsfest Events
Youth participants are introduced to the fun and excitement of shooting sports in a safe, positive, and educational environment. Each SportsFest has its own specialized program focus based on the resources, expertise, and facilities at the sponsor's disposal.

  • August 4
    Ford City Sportsman's Assoc.; Ford City, PA
    3rd Annual NRA Sportsfest Camp at the Ford City Sportsman's Assoc. from 8am to 4pm for ages 8 trough 16. CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 50 Round Robin Sessions inlud: large and smallbore rifle, archery, shotgun (trap), build blue bird boxes, retriever dogs, duck program (mounts and more). No registration fee required. Lunch is provided for all registered participants
    Mathias Pfeil at
  • August 4
    Brooking Gun Club; Brookings, SD
    NRA Youth Sports Fest on Saturday August 4,2012 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Brookings County Conservation League for youth 18 years and under. Parents are encourged to attend. The activities for the youth to participate in are, trap shooting, skeet shooting, air rifle, air pistol, and 3-D archery as well as black powder shooting and tomahawk throwing. Plus enjoy animal and bird identifcation, range demonstrationm explore a fir truck and police vehicle and attend a hunting dog demonstration.
    Jon Greseth at 605-690-3349
  • August 18
    Sage Brush Rifle and Pistol Club; Mobridge, SD
    The Northern Oahe Sportsfest Event is for youths ages 10 to 15. The event is being held at the Sage Brush Rifle and Pistol Club from 9am to 4pm. Those attending wll recieve instruction using rimfire rilfe, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, archery, fishing,predator calling/trapping, waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting and game calling.
    Doug DeLaRoi

Interested in holding an NRA Day at your club or range? Contact NRA Day Program Coordinator Claudia Olsen at or 703-267-1597 for more information. Remember, NRA Days can be tailored to the needs of your club, community or based on your resources.

Not only can you introduce new folks and families to the shooting sports, but you can show off the programs and activities offered at your club or range.


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