Participation in the 4-H Shooting Sports has steadily grown in recent years and with this growth comes a greater demand for volunteer instructors. The 4-H model is a comprehensive youth development program that utilizes shooting sports as a way of connecting with young people teaching life skills such as teamwork, respect, and discipline as well as safety and enjoyment. Currently, there are certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors in every county in the state and that list is growing.

The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program Will host a workshop to certify volunteer instructors in archery, rifle, or shotgun disciplines.  Participants will be certified to teach one specific discipline to youth participating in a formal 4-H Shooting sports program or school setting. 

Certification is a two-step process: 

Participants must arrange for and complete 4-H volunteer onboarding before they can become a fully certified instructor for Maine 4-H Shooting sports and enjoy the benefits of liability insurance, loaner gear and equipment, and access to mini-grants and support (as available).  Jen Lobley will assist you with this process either before or after the shooting sports training to walk you through this process.  Once your onboarding is complete Jen will work with you to connect you with your local extension county office. 

You may contact her at:

Jen Lobley
Extension Professor, 4-H and Volunteer Development
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
28 Center Street  Machias, ME  04654
207-255-3345 or 1-800-287-1542 (in-state)
You can also begin by completing these brief e-Learning modules on positive youth development:
These modules cover required topics that have been removed from the in-person training to make the training day more efficient.
  • Volunteer Roles and Relationships
  • Safe and Inclusive Environment
  • Promoting Positive Youth Development
  • Helping young people learn by doing
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Date: Sunday, May 16th, 2021
Start / End Times: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration Fee: $50.00 fee per participant to register. Full program tuition is $90.00 (All participants will be supplemented by a $40.00 Shooting sports Scholarship).
Location: Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, 17 Conservation Lane
Minimum Age:  21 Years or older
Group Limit: Minimum participation in each discipline is (4) maximum is (6)
Discipline Offered:

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Please note: As our commitment to ensuring all of our participant’s safety we will limit attendance to 6 per group for a maximum of 18 participants and will be following all state guidelines for social distancing. We will be following all policies and guidance from the University of Maine, including spacing and face coverings, and we’ll have hand sanitizer stations available.

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