Contact Us

Anne Scheel
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
amscheel@illinois.edu

Breanne Suarez
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
bsuarez@illinois.edu

Toni Pienta
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
fusinatt@illinois.edu

4-H Shooting Sports

4-H Shooting Sports

2. Volunteer Information

The 4-H Shooting Sports program is managed largely by trained adult volunteers who are dedicated to the youth development goals of the program. Helping local young people develop into responsible, mature adult citizens is a very rewarding experience for many volunteers. If you enjoy working with young people, you have an interest in Shooting Sports, and you are able to serve as a positive role model for youth, this may be a good opportunity for you.

The types of volunteers who work in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program include (please see downloadable job descriptions for complete details):

Shooting Sports Coordinators

A coordinator oversees the activities of the shooting sports clubs, and helps with planning and organization of the group's activities. He/she assists Extension staff with recruiting additional volunteers, publicizing programs, securing resources, and training additional volunteers. Coordinators must be at least 21 years of age and are certified through a statewide 4-H Shooting Sports Training Workshop.

Shooting Sports Certified Discipline Instructors

Discipline instructors are responsible for teaching knowledge and skills about a specific discipline to the youth members. They assist the coordinator and Extension staff with recruiting additional volunteers and securing resources for their discipline. Instructors must be at least 21 years of age and are certified through a statewide 4-H Shooting Sports Training Workshop.

Shooting Sports Assistant Instructors

Assistant instructors work with the certified instructors to teach knowledge and skills about a specific discipline to the youth members. They may also assist as needed with recruiting addtional volunteers or securing resources for their discipline. Assistant instructors must be at least 18 years of age and are trained by the certified coordinator and instructors at the local level.

County programs may also have other types of roles needed, including working with marketing, fund development, serving on an advisory committee, or short-term roles at a specific event. Teen leadership roles may also be available. Please contact your local Extension office for details on these types of volunteer roles.

Becoming a Shooting Sports Volunteer

To ensure the safety of youth participants and quality of our programs, all volunteers with the 4-H Shooting Sports Program must complete the Extension Volunteer Screening process. An application packet is available on this site. The screening process includes, but is not limited to:

  • An Extension Volunteer Application form (including reference checks)
  • Background checks with law enforcement and the Department of Children and Family Services
  • An interview to discuss the volunteer's background and interests
  • Other procedures as required by the county office and local volunteer screening committee.

If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer with the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, please call your local Extension office for more information:

Bureau County (815) 875-2878

LaSalle County (815) 433-0707

Marshall and Putnam Counties (309) 364-2356

Please note that for approved volunteers, additional training may be required before working directly with youth.

Volunteer Placement and Training

Local Extension staff and the local Shooting Sports committee, or other local volunteer advisory committees, review all volunteer applications and must approve all volunteers for the Shooting Sports Program. Approved volunteers will be placed in a position that best matches their interests and the needs of the program.

Volunteers placed in certified instructor or coordinator positions must attend a statewide 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Workshop before they are allowed to begin working directly with youth. Workshops are held once or twice per year in a camp-like setting, most commonly at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello, IL.

Volunteers placed in an assistant instructor position must receive training from the local coordinator and/or certified discipline instructors before working directly with youth. Training is scheduled as needed on the local level.