Finding good youth shooting Programs
The fundamentals of a good firearm owner begin when we're young. In some places, it's getting increasingly difficult to find the right programs, though, that foster the basics of marksmanship and above all – safety. This is why we've compiled a few programs to look for when scouting for good youth shooter programs in your area. These events can range from local, state, and even nationwide competitions so the opportunity to not only grow but also compete is certainly there. Plus, it means that when that young one becomes an adult, children will understand firearm safety and proper handling.
Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship (AIM)
Amateur Trapshooting Association puts on a series of events aimed at getting the youth to learn more about marksmanship, safety, and teamwork with their AIM program. This program is an umbrella for not just the education aspects of firearms handling but also for nationwide events that promote both individual athletic accomplishments and teamwork. One of the great things about the AIM program specifically is their team oriented trap shooting events. It's a great way to get a group of kids together and have them work together towards accomplishing their competitive goals. From the ages of 11 to 23, young men and women can be brought up practicing and witnessing the fruits of their labor. And for those wishing to proceed on to college on a marksmanship scholarship, ATA gives out annual scholarships and grants to young men and women showing promise in the sport.
National 4-H Shooting Sports
One of the great focuses of this is it promotes marksmanship, safety, and etiquette – three things essential for a lifetime understanding of the value of firearms and their employ. An exciting facet of this program is its extension – the Teen Ambassadors ProgramTeen Ambassadors Program. It gives young women and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 the opportunity to travel across the country and participate in 4-H Shooting Sports events as well as meet with other businesses and organizations that support youth shooting programs.
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF)
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation offer both a clay target program (SCTP) and a pistol program (SPP) designed for student athletes with an avid interest in firearms. The clay target program was actually a joint venture with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to promote industry standards for both safety and education. From the ground up, these events strongly adhere to both the fundamentals of marksmanship and also athletics.
Boy Scouts of America Council Challenge Grant
The NSSF created a program to encourage Boy Scout troops to develop their own shooting programs for young men wishing to learn about firearms. This grant is not only for procuring the weapons and ammunition necessary to implement these programs but also the training and safety necessary to maintain them. It's a great way to get a Boy Scout troop actively engaged as part of their civic-mindedness and it's also great for those Boy Scouts aspiring to either join the military or earn scholarships for college.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.