4-H Shooting Sports, a major project area in the program became popular in the 1980’s, because it is a quintessential example of 4-H’s “Learning By Doing” approach. In addition, 4-H Shooting Sports has a unique ability to attract and retain teens of both genders. The major disciplines (sports) within the program include archery, rifle, shotgun, black powder and hunting.
From the inception of the program and to this day 4-H Shooting Sports instructors are taught to primarily teach safety, but also taught how to provide PYD activities with an academic focus including:
- To increase the knowledge, skills, competencies, attitudes, literacy and interest of youth in Science
- To increase the number of 4‐H youth pursuing post‐secondary education in Science, and
- To increase the number of 4‐H youth pursuing careers in Science (B. Kwang, P. Brewer, Colorado State University, 2011)
- General – Mechanics of propulsion and engineering design
- Archery – Energy stored and released, body mechanics
- Black Powder – Chemical reactions, technology evolution
- Rifle – Physics of flight and trajectory, human optics
- Shotgun – Mass, velocity and distance of flight
- Hunting – Wildlife biology, conservation
If you are interested in participating as a youth or volunteer, be sure to watch our events page or contact Gus Koerner for more information Tel: 321-633-1702, Ext. 229 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.