Brown County 4-H is a non-profit organization whose mission is toEmpower Youth by Doing. The Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports Club is a countywide program open to all youth in the 3rd to 12th grades. Our certified instructors teach the children air rifle air pistol .22 rifle .22 pistol trap shooting archery and wildlife/ecology. Currently the majority of the time is spent teaching the children air rifle .22 rifle archery trap shooting and wildlife/ecology. Our goal is to expand the program into teaching more air pistol and.22 pistolshooting while increasing the training provided in our existing disciplines. Members are given extensive training in firearm and archery safety as well as many hours of one-on-one hands-oninstruction from the certified instructors and junior leaders. The children are taught the proper techniques and shooting positions while learning a skill that they can use throughout their lives.Our club sponsors the Northeast District 4-H Statewide Invitational Shoot at the DePere Sportsmen's Club which brings in hundreds of youth members from across the state of Wisconsin. Our club members also compete at many competitions and National Qualifying Invitational Shoots throughout the state where they can compete in various air rifle air pistol 0.22 archery trap shooting and wildlife/ecology divisions.Many of the members have displayed their training and skills by qualifying to shoot in the Junior Olympic Trials The National 4-H Shooting Sports Event CMP NRA and other national competitions which have been an incredible learning experience for them and an opportunity to exchange their experienceswith others.As a way for our members to give back we participate in various community service projects such as Wheels (a program which allows handicapped individuals to shoot archery) the MargaretSommerfeld cancer benefit the Brown County Fair children's area mentoring and educating shooting sports members from other counties throughout the state and teaching members of other 4-H clubs in Brown County about the basics of sportsmanship and wildlife ecology.In past years there were 29 children enrolled in shooting sports thisyear there were146 members enrolled in our 4-H club. Theprogram has continued to grow by leaps and bounds and is considered to be one of the most noted 4-H programs in the state.We believe that first and foremost we also need to ensure a safe learning environment for the children which we accomplish by supporting individuals who are willing to become certifiedinstructorsthrough 4-H and become shooting sports coaches mentors and role models.