Our local outdoor skills and shooting sports programs help youth get outdoors, explore their interests, and build life skills such as responsibility, decision making, discipline, goal setting, teamwork and safety.
Youth in outdoor skills learn a variety of abilities such as compass use, basic survival skills, wilderness planning and packing, and basic first aid. Youth in the various shooting sports disciplines learn archery or firearm safety and responsible handling and use. Shooting sports programming is run by caring adult volunteers, who are certified instructors in their disciplines.
Shooting sports is open to all enrolled 4-H members in DuPage, Kane or Kendall Counties. In addition to the 4-H enrollment fee, youth who participate in shooting sports pay an additional materials fee. Note: Youth aged 8-18 (by Sept. 1, 2020) can participate in archery, air pistol, air rifle and outdoor skills. Youth must be at least 10 years old to participate in shotgun.
Pending youth interest and the ability to meet safely, our area is planning to offer the following disciplines during the 2020-2021 4-H year:
- Outdoor Skills (Meets at various sites in Kendall County)
- Air Rifle (Meets at various sites in Kendall County)
- Archery (Meets at the Kane County Fairgrounds)
- Shotgun (Meets in Kendall County)
- Air Pistol (Meets at various sites in Kendall County)
Some of our disciplines meet year-round, while others meet for a shorter season. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, or want to receive emails about meetings, please complete this interest form.Note: Would you like a shooting sports discipline to meet closer to you? Our program depends on trained volunteer leaders to provide instruction and program management. Learn more about volunteering with our program by downloading our volunteer opportunities flyer. We also rely on finding low-to-no cost practice locations. Contact local staff with potential meeting location suggestions.