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Breaking clays, punching paper, flinging arrows and counting X's are all part of the 4-H Shooting Sports project. Safety first - but lots of fun! The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. You will learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers.

4-H Shooting Sports is a youth development educational program. It uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Development of skills within the discipline of shooting and "life skills" is implicit in the program curriculum and explicitly stated for volunteers. It appeals to young people and volunteers from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership.

The focus of the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports program is the total development of the young person. The shooting sports and related natural resource activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The shooting sports program attracts new audiences as well as enhances the traditional 4-H club program.

Platte County currently offers the archery discipline through the Bullseye 4-H Club. Our goal is to offer another shooting sports discipline to 4-H members in 2019. Due to the space we have available for meeting, we are targeting the air rifle and/or BB gun discipline. In order to offer this discipline, we need at least two adults (age 21+) to become a certified instructor, which is mandatory to offer a shooting sports discipline through Nebraska 4-H. Trainings will be offered on January 12-13, 2019, in Lincoln or April 6-7, 2019, in Central City. We are actively recruiting adult volunteer leaders to become a certified instructor as the first step in offering new shooting sports disciplines to youth members. Please contact Jill Goedeken at the Extension Office for questions or to learn more!

Learn more about 4-H at 4h.unl.edu, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Nebraska4H/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nebraska4h. For more information, contact the author – Jill A. Goedeken (jgoedeken2@unl.edu) or 402-563-4901.

Jill Goedeken is an extension educator for Nebraska Extension and an assistant district 4-H coordinator.

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