Fifty-one volunteers were trained as Level I 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in a 12-hour workshop held October 12 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries District One facility near Dixie Inn.
Hosted by Webster 4-H Shooting Sports program and coordinated by 4-H Agent Lisa Holmes, the training was an opportunity for volunteers to become certified in a specific discipline within the 4-H Outdoor Skills/Shooting Sports project. Instructors were trained in Archery, Coordinator, Pistol, Smallbore, Muzzleloading and Shotgun.
Level I instructors are certified to coach 4-H youth ages nine to 19 at the parish level.
"All 4-H Shooting Sports instruction and practices must be held in group format with at least one Level I instructor present, " Holmes said. "So it is important for parishes to recruit volunteers to serve as instructors in order for that discipline to be offered."
These parish instructors are taught at mandatory 12-hour workshops by Level II state instructors, who have been certified at the national level.
Emphasis is placed on total Youth Development, using shooting sports as a tool, and volunteers are provided opportunity for understanding of ages and stages of youth, learning styles and risk management, as well as techniques to teach marksmanship, goal-setting and shooting ethics.