By Kyle Jillson | August 26 2012 10:34

Idaho's Dirk Seymour recalls his time in the nation's capital

When Idaho's attendee of the Youth Education Summit got home after his seven-day experience in Washington, D.C., he wrote Friends of NRA to thank them for the once-in-a-lifetime trip. Read on to learn about what the Youth Education Summit was like from a student's point of view.

Dirk Seymour takes aim with a Grease Gun during the Youth Education Summit

This past year, I was fortunate enough to spend the best week of my life with the NRA Youth Education Summit (YES) in Washington D.C. I was chosen as one of 45 students (Sophomores and Juniors in high school) from around the country. My trip was all expenses paid, thanks to Friends of NRA. The primary purpose of the trip is to have young people learn more about the government and become more active in civic affairs. I will attempt to give a brief description of each day. However, more than anything, I want to describe how this trip changed my life.

On Monday, we traveled. I was one of the last to arrive, having I believe the second-greatest linear distance to go. We played some general get-to-know-you games, and then got briefed on the code of conduct and what the week would entail. Then the sleep deprivation began. When you combine roommates with similar interests who all like to talk and early wake-up times, sleep deprivation ensues!

Next morning, we headed to NRA headquarters. We heard presentations on all of the various divisions of the NRA . I will admit even being a member, I'd never even heard of half of them. Finally, we heard Wayne LaPierre speak. Then off to my personal favorite location of the trip, the National Firearms Museum. Being a self-professed gun nut, I could have spent weeks inside this marvelous place, and enjoyed every minute. We went down to the NRA range, and got to shoot some. My personal favorite would be the M3 Grease gun, as you can see from the picture below. We ended our fantastic first full day at the home of Sandy Elkin, Director of Grant Administration & Analysis for the NRA. Thanks again for letting 45 strangers (teenagers, nonetheless!) take over your life and house for a few hours.

Read the rest of Dirk's article at the Friends of NRA website here.

If you're interested in visiting our nation's capital for the opportunity of a lifetime to learn about our Second Amendment, read up about the Youth Education Summit. Next year's summit is June 24-30 and the application, which can be found here, is due by February 1.

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