4-H Shooting Sports is a youth development educational program. It uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Development of skills within the discipline of shooting and "life skills" is implicit in the program curriculum and explicitly stated for volunteers. It appeals to young people and volunteers from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership.The focus of the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports program is the total development of the young person. The shooting sports and related natural resource activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The Shooting Sports program attracts new audiences as well as enhances the traditional 4-H club program.As with all Missouri 4-H projects Shooting Sports is open to any youth from ages of 8 through 18. Project choices for youth include:· 740. Shooting Sports Safety apre-requisite for other SS projects OR MDC Hunter Education Certificate. See SS policies for additional details.· 741. Archery· 742. Air Rifle/BB Gun· 743. Smallbore Rifle - .22 caliber· 744. Air Pistol· 745. Shotgun (11 years of age and older)· 747. Smallbore Pistol (14 and older)· 748. Muzzle Loading (11 years of age and older)· 749. Hunting Outdoor Skills Program Objectives· To enhance the physical cognitive social and emotional development of youth through safe educational and socially acceptable involvement in a shooting related activity.· To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision-making self-discipline and concentration.· To promote the highest standards of safety sportsmanship and ethical behavior.· To encourage understanding of our natural resources and the development of a personal environmental stewardship ethic by young people through participation in shooting hunting and related activities.· To strengthen families through life-long recreational activities.· To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and lifelong vocational activities related to the shooting sports.· To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety and hunter education programs.