Leader Training & Tools
Interested in leading shooting sports with a 4-H club?
All 4-H Shooting Sports clubs are supervised by certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor. Instructors must become certified in the specific discipline(s) they wish to lead. These disciplines include archery, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, hunting and wildlife, and pistol. The training includes skill development, safety, risk management and appropriate ways to share this content with youth. To maintain Instructor status, re-certification is required every 3 years. Volunteers are required at a 1:5 ratio. Please use the link below to review certification policy and procedures, and contact Laura Quist (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or concerns.
- Certification and Re-certification Policies and Application (October 2019 version)
- 4-H Volunteer Job Description: 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor
Certification training events are held annually, in addition to regional training offered by demand throughout the year. Teens age 14+ ready for leadership roles are welcome to attend, able to assist with instruction, under the supervision of a Certified Instructor age 21+.
How can ‘non-certified’ volunteers help out? Safe shooting sports programs require a lot of support from volunteers. There are many ways to help out! Your certified instructor can provide you with additional information. That might include serving the club administratively, providing STEM lessons, or event planning. Contact your county MSU Extension office or find a local club in your area and don’t be afraid to ask how you can help!
Instructor manuals are distributed at the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Workshops. This is the only place to obtain an instructor manual. Record books and STEM curriculum are added below. Check the Resources tab for updates to important documents.
Teen Leader (age 14+) and Adult 4-H Volunteer Certification Training Workshops
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