About 4-H Shooting Sports
The 4-H Shooting Sports program
- Provides fun and engaging experiences
- Helps build youth self-confidence
- Instills responsibility, teamwork, problem-solving and sportsmanship
- Teaches safe, appropriate and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment under the close supervision of certified instructors
Our instructors believe that quality firearm education reduces potential accidents. Hunting and shooting are long-held American traditions. We strive to strengthen family relationships by building on these traditions and shared interests.
To teach the knowledge, skills and attitudes in using firearms and archery equipment that enable youth, parents and adult volunteers to be responsible, self-directed and productive members of society.
- Encourage participation in natural resources and natural science programs through shooting, hunting and related activities
- Develop self-concept, character and personal growth through involvement in safe, educational and socially acceptable shooting activities
- Teach safe, responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision-making, self-discipline and concentration
- Promote highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior
- Expose youth to a broad array of vocational and life-long avocational shooting-related activities
- Strengthen families by participating in life-long recreational activities
- Complement and enhance impacts of existing safety, shooting and hunter education programs using experiential education methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.
Idaho 4-H Shooting Sports Plan
This document lists state and national 4-H program requirements as they pertain to the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Where feasible, we mirror the policies and procedures set forth by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.
Idaho 4-H Shooting Sports Structure
Shooting sports requires an extensive network of personnel, volunteers, parents and members statewide to achieve success. Within each of the four UI Extension districts, a coordinator helps advise, plan and/or conduct Level 1 volunteer instructor trainings within that region.
These individuals, plus at least one nationally certified (Level 2) instructor for each of the six disciplines, comprise the 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Team. This team provides valuable input on policy recommendations, development of educational and informational materials, lends leadership and support for the state 4-H Shooting Sports events, plus other trainings and outreach efforts as appropriate.
The University of Idaho has a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information, or status as any protected veteran or military status. This policy applies to all programs, services and facilities, and includes, but is not limited to, applications, admissions, access to programs and services, and employment and advancement.
The National 4-H Shooting Sports website has:
- Regional and national activity listings
- Resources for members and instructors
- Information for participating in national contests