Learning Life Skills Through Shooting Sports
With 2,200 million firearms being found in U.S. homes today, there is a strong need to provide youth and adults with an awareness of gun safety. The Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program does just that through experiential learning and by teaching youth valuable life skills such as self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. The program provides youth instruction in gun and archery safety, training in the use of firearms and archery equipment and an appreciation and understanding of natural resources. The program also provides volunteer instructors with safe instructional techniques and information on how to effectively plan and manage a shooting sports club. The Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program aims to provide a safe environment to youth while teaching responsible use of firearms and archery equipment.
How does the Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program relate to STEM?
The program links to many other parts of the 4-H program that help youth practice STEM skills. Some of these areas include animal science, plant science, electric, and computers. In the areas of animal and plant science, youth learn about animal nutrition, raising game birds and dogs, and plant pathology. In the area of electric, youth practice knowledge of electricity by demonstrating the use of power tools needed to maintain equipment. In the area of computers, youth gain knowledge of technology by calculating ballistics and scores, accounting and record keeping.
What disciplines does the Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program teach?
Youth have the ability to learn life skills through five disciplines: rifle, shotgun, archery, muzzle-loading, and hunting. Each discipline teaches youth the fundamentals of safety and marksmanship through hands-on learning experiences.
For more information about the Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Program please visit http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/shootingsports/.