Over 150 youth shooters learn rifle, pistol and shotgun basics and more with help from Friends of NRA
Ohio experienced more shooting excitement this July than just Camp Perry. As a matter of fact, NRA Event Support Coordinator Peter Lawless has the scoop on a great 4-H camp last month that saw more than one hundred fifty young shooters turn out.
165 Teenagers Attend Ohio 4-H Shooting Camp
Jackson, Ohio - During the week of July 21-26, The 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp brought in 165 teenage campers and instilled them with a deeper appreciation for the shooting sports. Held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio, students learned how to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns, bows and muzzleloaders over the course of its packed six-day schedule. The camp used approximately 37,800 rounds of .22 LR, 34,500 rounds of assorted pistol ammunition, 35,200 shotgun shells and 30,500 clay targets throughout the week.
In addition to plenty of trigger time, the campers also received presentations on a variety of firearms-related topics such as “Firearms that Won World War 2,” “Rifles of Distinction,” and an introduction to “Steel Pistol/Rifle.” Away from the ranges, other activities such as an early morning Polar Bear swim, high ropes courses, campfires and a turkey calling contest occupied the campers’ time. Sixty-six adult volunteers coordinated the event; most of them have worked with the camp since its inception.
Funding from Friends of NRA grants helped make this great event possible. To show their appreciation, the Shooting Education Camp sent the NRA Director of Field Staff a thank-you packet including a group photo of all the campers and sixteen hand-written thank-you cards from camp participants. Anita Harris, Executive Director of the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, writes, “Commitment, passion and dedication abound at camp both in the youth and in the adults. Thank you again, Friends of NRA for your continued support and donations to the Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp.”
Without a doubt, programs like this camp contribute greatly to the continuation of our shooting sports traditions. Just as the adult volunteers at the 4-H camp have shown their dedication to educating these young campers about the shooting sports, Friends of NRA volunteers and event attendees consistently show their commitment to upholding shooting sports programs that truly make a difference in their home communities and across the nation.