4-H and Youth

Youth Agriculture

The WVU Extension Service maintains a 4-H youth in agriculture program to strengthen the capacity of families and youth to achieve life-long learning and productivity.

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4-H Shooting Sports

West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports. West Virginia has produced some of the best rifle shooters in the world.

What is Shooting Sports?

The West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports (SS) Program encompasses the goals of volunteer leadership, capacity building for youth and families, and environmental stewardship. The program is designed to:

  • give youth thorough safe instruction and training in the use of firearms (muzzleloading, air pistol, air rifle including small bore, and shotgun), archery equipment, and wildlife conservation;
  • enhance self-confidence, personal development, responsibility, and sportsmanship;
  • create an appreciation and understanding of natural resources; and
  • provide volunteer instructors safe and proper instructional techniques and information on how to plan and manage shooting and conservation clubs.

The West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports Program teaches young people between the ages of 9 and 21 the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment, in addition to instruction in wildlife conservation. 4-H Adult Volunteer Leaders are trained and certified to be positive role models and mentors for youth in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Should you, or maybe someone you know, in Youth Agriculture or 4-H Shooting Sports, or be interested in participating as a volunteer instructor, please give call Matthew Schmuck, West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator at (304) 406-7014.