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SVRC has been offering the Juniors Program for over 25 years now, and we are very excited to be able to have a full season of shooting again this year!
The 2021 program will run every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 at the range, starting April 15th and ending August 26th. Please do keep an eye on the club’s calendar, http://www.svrifle.org/calendar.html, in case we are forced to make any changes to those dates due to potential future COVID-19 restrictions.
All youth ages 10 to 18 are eligible to participate regardless of whether their parents are members of the range. The program stresses firearm safety while teaching marksmanship, proper range etiquette, and fostering a positive attitude. If you know any youth with an interest in shooting or would like to help a youth get firearm safety training by NRA certified Instructors then we encourage you to take advantage of this program. SVRC has all the gear, rifles, ammo and targets needed to participate, so no personal equipment is necessary. This program is offered to all at no cost, with no requirements for consistent attendance. This is a chance for our youth to learn shoot better in a safe environment with their peers. Over the course of the 2020 season over 10,000 rounds were safely fired.
Most evenings the juniors shoot .22 target rifles at A-17 targets at a distance of 50 feet from either a bench-rest or one of the four NRA shooting positions. The juniors are all eligible to earn certificates and awards as part of the official Winchester NRA Marksmanship Program, and many are earned every year. For those involved in Scouting, there is also an opportunity to earn the Rifle Shooting merit badge.
Last year, the club added a practical shooting element to the juniors program for some of our more advanced shooters looking to try something different. This year we are planning to offer several NRL22 style shooting opportunities to the program over the course of the season for those youth that may be interested.
We are also always looking for additional adult volunteers! No special certifications are required, but if you are an RSO or an Instructor, that would be a bonus.
If you have questions about the Juniors Program, or would like to volunteer, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org