McLean County 4-H Shooting Sports

How to Join
Shooting Sports

Requirements to participate:

  • You must be enrolled in 4-H through our ZSuite Enrollment platform
  • Be a member of one or both of the Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs
    • McLean County Shooting Sports SPIN Club (Archery & Shotgun)
    • CIPS Kids 4-H SPIN Club (Air Rifle/Pistol and Outdoor Skills) 
    • Per state regulation you must belong to the SPIN club hosting that discipline
  • Have a current Medical form on file with the McLean County Extension Office or bring to your first workshop.
  • Have a current Assumptions of Risks form on file with the McLean County Extension Office or bring to your first workshop.
  • Have a current Photo Release form on file with the McLean County Extension Office or bring to your first workshop.

 

Each SPIN Club has a Facebook group to help keep everyone informed, please request to be added as a member so you can stay to up to date.

McLean County Shooting Sports SPIN Club Facebook page

CIPS Kids 4-H SPIN Club Facebook Page

Click here to stay up to date with State 4-H Shooting Sports

McLean County Shooting Sports SPIN Club (Archery & Shotgun)

This SPIN Club offers workshops for Archery and Shotgun. To sign up for a workshop in Archery or Shotgun, please go to the Workshops tab. You will need to pay for the workshops online during registration.  Archery is $3/workshop and Shotgun is $8/workshop. Payment is required at time of registration for Shotgun. To participate in Archery youth must be 8 years old and to participate in Shotgun youth must be 12 years old. (ages are determined by September 1, 2021).

 

CIPS Kids 4-H SPIN Club (Air Rifle/Pistol and Outdoor Skills)

This SPIN Club offers workshops for Air Rifle, Pistol, and Outdoor Skills. To sign up for a 6- week workshop in Air Rifle/Pistol, please contact Kurt Willoughby at krazkurt@gmail.com. Outdoor Skills will also be offered during the 6-week air rifle/pistol workshops. To participate in Air Rifle, Pistol, or Outdoor Skills you must be 8 years old. (ages are determined by September 1, 2021).

Air Rifle/Air Pistol: Training sessions are 6 week sessions. Sessions are currently running from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Central Illinois Precision Shooting (6125 Co Rd 1175 N, Bloomington, IL 61705). All equipment is provided and there is $40 fee for the 6-week session. This will be collected at the door during the first session day. Youth must be able to attend the first night of this program in order to attend any of the other workshops during this 6-week course.

Upcoming workshops: TBD

If you have any questions, please contact Kurt Willoughby, Lead Instructor, at krazkurt@gmail.com, or Sky Holland, Extension Program Coordinator, at 309-663-8306 or skylarh@illinois.edu.

Archery: These workshops are offered by state certified 4-H Archery Instructors with Dave Schwenk as the lead instructor. Workshops will be held every 2nd and 4th Monday night at the McLean County Fairgrounds in the West Expo Building (1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington, IL 61705). Note: Certain Mondays will only have Level 2 Workshops. Participants must have completed a Level 1 Archery Workshop before they can participate in a Level 2  Workshop. Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, we will limit each workshop to a maximum of 6 participants.

Upcoming workshops:

November 28th

  • Level 1 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Level 2 7:30-8:30 p.m.

December 12th

  • Level 1 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Level 2 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The Archery Open House will take place at the McLean County Fairgrounds (1106 Interstate Dr. Bloomington, IL 61705) on Monday, October 24 from 6:15 to 8:30 pm and is open to any 4-H member (or child interested in joining 4-H) ages 8 and older. Interested families are required to register online, for one of the two introductory sessions that will take place that evening. 

October 24th

  • Session 1: 6:15pm-7:15pm
  • Session 2: 7:30pm-8:30pm

If you have any questions please contact Sky Holland, Extension Program Coordinator, at 309-663-8306 or skylarh@illinois.edu.

Shotgun: Training is conducted by a state-certified McLean County 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors with Sid Parks as the lead instructor. This training will be held outside, dress accordingly for the weather conditions. All participants are required to wear shoes that completely cover their feet (no sandals or flip-flops). Hats or other hair restraints are encouraged. The workshops will be at Darnall's Shooting Range, 7.7 miles southwest of the Interstate Center on IL Rte. 9 (6125 East 1175 North Rd. Bloomington, IL 61705). Hearing and eye safety equipment, clays and shells will be supplied. Shotguns are also provided. You are encouraged to use your own personal shotgun if you have one. Anyone wishing to bring his or her own shotgun must be transported legally by a responsible adult with a FOID card. Only 20-gauge shotguns are allowed, and all must pass a safety evaluation by the range officials prior to the match. There is a $10/workshop charge that will be required via online registration.

Upcoming workshops:

October 1

  • Level 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Level 2: 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

October 8

  • Level 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Level 2: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

October 15

  • Level 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Level 2: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

October 22

  • Level 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Level 2: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

The Shotgun Open House will take place at Darnall's Gun Works and Ranges (6125 County Road 1175, Bloomington, IL 61705) on Saturday, October 22 from 11:00am-1:00pm, and is open to any 4-H member (or child interested in joining 4-H) ages 12 and older. Interested families are required to register online, for one of the two introductory sessions that will take place.

October 22nd

  • Session 1: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Session 2: 12:00pm-1:00pm

If you have any questions please contact Sky Holland, Extension Program Coordinator, at 309-663-8306 or skylarh@illinois.edu.

Are you interested in volunteering with McLean County 4-H Shooting Sports?

Contact Sky Holland at skylarh@illinois.edu to begin your volunteer screening process. For more information, visit the State 4-H Volunteer page.

SHOOTING SPORTS COORDINATORS

  • Attend training sessions (offered 2x per year)
  • Organizing the entire McLean County program
  • Keep up with any new rules/regulations for each discipline
  • Be responsible for instructors
  • Attend some of the shooting sports workshops in each discipline
  • Inform Spin Club Leader of Regional/State shoots or any information that needs to be sent to Club members

SHOOTING SPORTS INSTRUCTORS

  • Attend training sessions
  • Plan workshops for their own discipline
  • Take care of their own budget/monies/grants
  • Order their own equipment
  • Inform Spin Club Leader of Regional/State shoots or any information that needs to be sent to Club members
  • Make the decisions as to what the awards will be for 1st-3rd place for the McLean County 4-H Show
  • Decide if each discipline will have a “state” wearable item
  • In charge of making sure each member attends 2 of their workshops in order to compete at the county fair (by taking attendance)

SHOOTING SPORTS SPIN CLUB LEADERS

  • Inform members of all information such as workshops, events, t-shirt orders, etc.  mainly using email to communicate
  • Plans events such as:  Beginning year party, end of year party
  • All shooting sports club members should be under this club so the leaders have their information for communication purposes
  • Keep track of all members’ medical/liability forms
  • Inform all members of EVERY workshop/event
  • Coordinate ordering of t-shirts
  • Coordinate better display/info at the fair possibly a table for each discipline
  • Work closely with the Instructors to promote their workshops but also to inform everyone of members’ accomplishments throughout the year
  • We can also inform instructors/parents of any training, etc. that they might be interested in
  • At the Beginning-of-the-year party TRY to have a list of all shooting sports workshops for the year/or just for fall available to give to the members so they can start planning
  • End-of-year party:  give awards, patches, t-shirts, etc.
  • Could take members on field trips to Select Archery, etc.
McLean County Shooting Sports