4-H Shooting Sports

Focusing on Youth Development

Camper getting instruction from counselor at shooting rangeThe focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.

The most successful youth programs are ones that are directed at the local level by volunteers. 4-H brings people together and promotes a spirit of cooperation. The Shooting Sports program fosters responsibility and helps youth acquire knowledge, skills, abilities and to develop social skills, leadership techniques, and gives opportunities for community service. Anyone can be a successful shooter! There are no limitations imposed by age, sex, or physical abilities, and shooting activities can last a lifetime.

MidwayUSA establishes Trust Fund for Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program

University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports partners with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

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4-H Shooting Sports: Safety, Knowledge, Skills, and Understanding

camper practices target shootingSafety is always a primary concern. Youth and adults are trained to know and adhere to the Ten Commandments of firearm safety.

Knowledge about firearms and the natural environment is featured as volunteers share years of experience.

Skills are developed under the watchful eyes of the instructors. For some youth, these are new, others improve and practice their techniques.

Understanding is the most important component of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. It is developed as youth and adults become aware of their rights, responsibilities, and their role in the natural environment.

Visit the National 4-H Shooting Sports website.

Because The University of Maine defines firearms and archery equipment as weapons, and has a strict weapons policy for the safety of all, and for liability and insurance reasons, camp program participants are asked not to bring their personal shooting sports equipment to Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center without prior authorization from the Camp Director or the Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator. The 4-H Shooting Sports instruction team at Bryant Pond is very familiar with the wide variety of equipment here, and competently provide complete instruction in the shooting sports discipline programs that we offer.