The Tama County 4-H Youth Development Program, part of Iowa State University Extension, will hold an informational meeting on Monday, November 29th at 7:00 pm in the Extension office located in Toledo on a new project area to be offered for Tama County 4-H members and interested youth. Safety and Education of Shooting Sports (SESS) has been one of the fastest growing 4-H project areas across the state. 4-H Shooting Sports members are active in the 4-H program, with hopes of developing life skills like leadership, communication, citizenship, personal life management and project knowledge. The number one concern of the 4-H Shooting Sports program is safety and education. It is important for these youth to practice and understand ethical use of firearms. 4-H Shooting Sports provides an opportunity to develop a life-long activity and a positive way to development important life skills like patience, self-discipline, concentration and sportsmanship.
Currently there are approximately 1650 members in the shooting sports project area across the state of Iowa. 90 counties currently have active 4-H shooting programs or have trained instructors with hopes of developing a program. Tama County is one of the counties in the state to offer this project area to its 4-H members and youth of the county.
The Tama County Extension office is currently looking for additional individuals to serve as volunteer instructors to assist in developing the program as well. Those volunteers interested in becoming certified instructors must attend a 4-H SESS Instructor Training. During this training volunteers will be trained on the 4-H program with focus on positive youth development as well as, spending time discussing safety, shooting instruction, and range time. If you have a passion for shooting sports, outdoor activities and want to pass the tradition and heritage on to the youth of Tama County please attend the meeting on Thursday, November 29th at 7 pm.
The Tama County 4-H Youth Development Program is open to any 4th through 12th grader. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H member or learning more about the 4-H Shooting Sports project area we encourage you to call the Tama County Extension Office at (641) 484-2703 or stop in for more information.