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Judy Benz
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
benz@illinois.edu

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Jersey County 4-H Shooting Sports

The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program encompasses the initiative goals of volunteer leadership, capacity building for youth and families, and the environmental stewardship with commitments from the University of Illinois Extension. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is an active program that is attractive to both youth and adults. The program uses positive learning and interaction with youth and adult role models. The disciplines are modeled after the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program and are administered by nationally certified-state leaders consisting of extension personnel and volunteers. For more information visit the SHOOTING SPORTS WEB PAGE

The program is designed to:

  • Assist youth to learn safe and responsible use of shooting equipment.
  • Promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
  • Enhance self-confidence, self-concept, decision making, character, personal development, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
  • Develop leadership and citizenship within 4-H parameters for youth and adults.
  • Expand 4-H membership and involve more volunteer adult leaders.

  • To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational activities.
  • Create an appreciation and understanding of natural resources.
  • To encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through hunting/fishing and related activities.
  • To develop an understanding of the principles of wildlife management.
  • To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter educational programs.

The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports consists of several discipline areas.

Rifle – Air or .22: To be eligible for Rifle, you must have completed the requirements for club membership and you must be at least ten (10) years of age by September 1 of the current 4-H year.

Archery:To be eligible for Shotgun, you must have completed the requirements for club membership

Shotgun: To be eligible for Shotgun, you must have completed the requirements for club membership and you must be at least ten (12) years of age by, September 1 of the current 4-H year.

In order to participate in 4-H Shooting Sports program, participants must become 4-H members. The annual 4-H member fee is $20

Please note: This fee is paid only once a year per discipline. If you are unable to pay the fee and need financial assistance, please contact one of the Club Coordinators or the Extension office at 618.498-2913.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes so that they may become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.

Objectives of 4-H Shooting Sports Program

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program strives to enable young people, their parents and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed and productive members of society. Agents, leaders, instructors and coaches must understand the goals and objectives of the 4-H program. The program transfers knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop human capital, using the subject matter and resources of the land-grant universities.

The specific goals and objectives of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program include but are not limited to those listed below.

1. To encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through shooting, hunting, and related activities.

2. To enhance development of self-concept, character, and personal growth through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activity.

3. To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration.

4. To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

5. To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and life-long vocational activities related to shooting sports.

6. To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational activities.

7. To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter education programs using experiential educational methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.

Remember the differences in the age, experience, abilities and development of young people when programs are presented. Refer to a publication on ages and stages of development to be sure appropriate methods are used to reach the objectives.