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. Programming is run by caring adult volunteers, who are certified instructors in their disciplines.
Shooting sports programs are open to 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. Youth aged 8 to 18 (by Sept. 1 of the start of a 4-H year) can participate in the following local 4-H Shooting Sports disciplines:
- Outdoor Skills (Contact 4-H Program Coordinator Kim Eisnaugle for more information)
- Air Rifle
- Air Pistol
Currently, local programs for air rifle, archery, and air pistol are paused while we recruit new coordinators and instructors. If you want to be contacted when this programming resumes, please complete this interest form.
Want to help youth learn these skills?
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.