Through the Oneida County 4-H Shooting Sports program, 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 Shooting Sports curriculum uses the resources of the land-grant university and the time, talent, and dedication of Cooperative Extension agents and certified 4-H leaders,instructors, and trainers who instruct 4-H members in firearms safety and marksmanship.The shooting disciplines include archery, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, shotgun, and hunting.All instructors are trained by state instructors certified to teach courses. Adult volunteers receive training in shooting sports at state and regional workshops to become qualified instructors. 4-H teen leaders may wish to assist with instruction.Shooting sports leaders act as role models and must impart the 4-H philosophy and youth development objectives to 4-H members.
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