For the safety of our 4-H members and volunteers, the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports program follows stringent guidelines and training structures set by both the National and Michigan 4-H programs. During this period of virtual programming, 4-H youth and volunteers are reminded that 4-H Shooting Sports activities that require handling of shooting equipment cannot be performed without the physical, in-person presence of our certified coaches. Alternative suggested activities for virtual programming are listed below.
Without the in-person presence of a certified 4-H Shooting Sports instructor, 4-H members are:
Not permitted to:
Create a poster, video or demonstration
Host a virtual guest speaker
Organize games that test skills or demonstrate knowledge of safety. Skill-a-thon style platforms include:
GooseChase (scavenger hunt)
Host a virtual field trip or video viewing party and debrief together (equipment manufacturing plant, wildlife management lands, hunter education videos, Olympian tournament or shooting footage to analyze technique)
Static exhibits (construct a quiver; design targets, like “battleship” targets, etc.)
Meet virtually with your club to plan a community service project to be held once clubs meet in-person
Plan a club event (fun shoot, tournament, recreational gathering) in preparation for a time when a certified instructor is present
Create club brochures or newspaper articles
Parts of equipment
STEM activities (such as building marshmallow catapults or discuss Archery’s Paradox; see lesson plans on MSU Extension website)
Equipment care and cleaning
Life skills activities (ask your county PC for suggestions)
Handle shooting equipment in conjunction with a 4-H sponsored event without the physical presence of a certified instructor.
Fire shooting equipment in conjunction with a 4-H sponsored event without the physical presence of a certified instructor. This includes postal/virtual shoots, or posters, videos, or demonstrations involving handling of equipment.
Clubs may not loan out equipment.
Have ideas not listed? Please share suggestions with your 4-H county program coordinator and Laura Quist.