Rachael Fraley: 4-H offers a sport shooting course – La Tribune

The 4-H Sports shooting program is an opportunity to get involved in a sport with a lasting impact.

In Lawrence County, the 4-H Shooting Sports program offers eight core disciplines: Archery, Crossbow, Hunting & Wildlife, Living History, Muzzleloading, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun. All disciplines are taught by certified 4-H instructors.

Youth learn the basics of shooting, practice safety techniques and response to shooting commands, explore wildlife conservation and take field trips.

About two-thirds of residences in the United States have guns in the house.

Exposure to safe and responsible handling is essential to prevent incidents inside or outside the home.

Shooting is the second most popular international sport behind track and field.

It is unique in its ability to be a sport for life.

Recently, one member of the Ohio 4-H competed in the Paralympic Games and others are serving on the National Junior Shooting Sport Team.

We believe that participation in shooting sports promotes human growth and development.

The introduction of safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment paves the way for valuable professional and lifelong recreational education.

Young people are involved in a team, learn responsibility, discipline, goal setting and more.

Through the Lawrence County 4-H program, volunteers within each disciple educate our youth through monthly skill-based practice, club meetings, and project book help.

Youth engaged in the 4-H Sport Shooting Program spend at least six hours of supervised training, five club meetings, and writing their 4-H Project Workbook.

At the end, they present their learning experience at the County Fair by sharing their project with community members such as the State Highway Patrol and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, who serve as project evaluators.

Lawrence County 4-H registration season begins October 1, youth ages 9-18 interested in joining programs like our Sport Shooting Program can contact the OSU Extension, Lawrence County Office at 740-533-4322.

Rachael Fraley is the OSU Extension Educator for Lawrence County.

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