By Kyle Jillson | January 8 2013 08:12

Capital gains for high school students in week-long NRA Youth Education Summit

2012 Youth Education Summit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia

My fourth best moment of last year has to be this past summer's NRA Youth Education Summit. Held annually, Y.E.S. is an all-expenses paid week-long trip to Washington D.C. for a few dozen lucky high school students.

At the summit, students begin traveling around the nation's capital as strangers and end it as good friends. I got to know a lot of the kids during the week and it was awesome hearing all of the stories about their different levels of involvement in the shooting sports, how they heard about the summit and, of course, why they decided to come.

We went to places like the Capitol, Marine Corps Base Quantico, the National Archives, NRA Headquarters (which I am very familiar with) and many more. At each location, the students would have different, fun activities that worked to develop leadership, public speaking, debating and increasing awareness and appreciation of American government.

Youth Education Summit student fires a Grease Gun from World War II at the NRA Headquarters Range

No week-long trip hosted by the National Rifle Association would be complete without two things: learning about the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the importance of being an active citizen and a visit to the NRA Range.

Registration is open for 2013's Y.E.S. and we just covered how to apply by the February 18th deadline. Getting into Y.E.S. won't consume every weekend from now until applications are due, but they require a little work and it's better to get started on them earlier rather than later.

Highlights from the 2013 Youth Education Summit include:

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