UPPER VALLEY − The National Rifle Association Foundation awarded Madison and Fremont county 4-H programs a combined total of $18,728 in grants.
Money will be used to acquire safety equipment, competition firearms, archery equipment and shooting aids, according to a press release from the Madison County 4-H Program.
”We are very excited about expanding our resources to educate and promote our shooting sports programs, “said Dana Miller, Fremont County 4-H Program Coordinator, in a press release. “And pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community.”
Kandee Boice, Madison County 4-H Program Coordinator said they are looking for adult volunteers.
“We are seeking adults willing to work in adult youth partnerships to expand their knowledge of rifle and archery disciplines.” Boice said in a press release. “We hope to get more certified volunteers so that we can offer more clubs and opportunities to youth in our community.”
According to the release, all shooting sport volunteers have to be certified through a 4-H certification process that takes two days to complete. There will be a certification session held from April 26 to April 27, in Rigby.
“The goal of the 4-H Shooting Sports program is to encourage safe use of firearms, including goal setting, self-discipline, decision making, ethics and sportsmanship through a strict educational program,” The release read. “Youth must master rifle skills that will provide a solid foundation, which the member may build upon. The shooting sports club provides the framework for lifetime participation in recreation and careers related to wildlife.”
Anyone interested in becoming a sport shooting volunteer can contact the Fremont or Madison County Extension Offices.