New 4-H program to teach youth shooting safety
SUMMIT COUNTY – A new 4-H program will offer Summit County children the opportunity to learn about marksmanship, as well as the responsibility that comes with the activity.
Summit County 4-H will hold mandatory safety meetings for its new shooting sports program from 6-8 p.m. at the County Comamons in Frisco on April 30 and May 8. Instructors also will hold an introductory meeting for a new archery program from 10 a.m. to noon May 4.
According to instructor Anne Lindsey, the program is much more than shooting.
“4-H is very safety oriented – the kids are drilled on it,” Lindsey said. “It’s like drugs: Not talking to kids about it is not the answer. We know that kids who have the right training are less likely to hurt others.”
Lindsey said the introductory meetings will explain to parents and youngsters the expectations 4-H has for them and what they can expect from the program. 4-H groups are open to children age 8 to 18 for an annual fee of $12. The shooting sports program will use the public firing range near the Keystone landfill. Lindsey said a local Boy Scout is planning to build an archery range in the area as a service project.
Lindsey said she first became interested in 4-H shooting sports after serving as a judge at the state 4-H shooting competition. She said she was struck by the poise and confidence of the teen-agers who made it to that level.
“People think 4-H is for kids and it’s only about raising a cow,” Lindsey said. “But these activities are very competitive, and it’s mostly the 13- to 18-year-olds at that level. It’s really neat to see how responsible these kids become and the way they can interact with adults.”
Lindsey said that, with enough interest, she hopes to see the program grow in future years to include related activities for shotgun and trap shooting, as well as the separation of beginning and advanced groups. The shooting sports activities also have the support of County Commissioner Tom Long and Sheriff Joe Morales.
For more information on the shooting sports program, call Anne Lindsey at (970) 389-4444 or Tom Long at (970) 468-6816. For information on other 4-H activities, call Kathie Kralik at (970) 668-4142.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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