TAVARES — Members of Lake County’s 4-H shooting teams, Southern Traditions, Target Teens and Smokin’ Pigeons, will be moving onto the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Grand Island, Nebraska in June after taking top honors at the state level for competitive archery, air rifle, sporting clays and trap shooting.
Over the past 16 years, Lake County 4-H has guided 28 youth to the national competition, with two members attending college on full scholarships for shooting.
“Overall, the 4-H program promotes life skills, which includes decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, problem solving, ethical behavior and a lifelong participation in recreational activities,” said Rachel Slocumb, Lake County 4-H agent. “In addition, these teens have the opportunity to hone and test their skills in shooting, hunting and sportsmanship, with the chance to obtain college scholarships or even reach the Olympics.”
Taught by University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County agents, 4-H leaders and certified instructors, the Extension’s Shooting Sports curriculum focuses on firearms safety and marksmanship.
“The success of these teams is directly attributed to the support of the local community, the club leaders and coaches, such as the Eustis Gun Club and The Villages Chapter of the Friends of the NRA,” said Slocumb.
To find out more about the Lake County 4-H Program, contact Rachel Slocumb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects.