Youth Shooting Program Update – March 17th, 2019

Lots happening with our Youth Shooting Program!

First, thanks to Walt Conley, Jim Wieberg and Tim Colf for assembling our new safe that we received from this year’s NRA Foundation grant. This is a major addition to our program, allowing us to safely store our growing collection of rifles, while also serving as an instructional tool for the kids in the proper and safe storage of firearms. Thanks again to members Dave & Doug Scranton from Scranton’s Thruway Builders for taking delivery of the safe for us at their loading docks. Thanks also to Charlie Fissler who picked up the safe from Scranton’s and delivered it over to the club. And thanks as well to those who were “volunteered” as they came into our March 4th General Membership meeting, to carry the modular safe parts into the club. Check out the photo of the assembled safe:

In other news, several of our shooters continue to receive performance awards for their marksmanship with both pellet rifles and BB guns. Shooters are […]

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Youth Shooting Program – News and Update – February 17th, 2019

We received some great news this past week for our program. Our grant request to the NRA Foundation has been awarded and we will be receiving a 36 gun safe for the program. This is our third NRA grant in three years and to receive an item as significant as a safe means that we’ll be able to continue to receive additional firearms that we are pursuing from some now defunct programs. We are extremely grateful to the NRA Foundation. We also want to give a special thanks to Ten X Member and Youth Program Instructor Dave Scranton, whose company Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supply has graciously agreed to take delivery of the safe for us and thanks to Charlie Fissler for delivering it over to the club. This saved us a significant out of pocket expense.

Our next youth shooting session will be this coming Friday the 22nd starting @ 6:30pm. Air rifle shooting and BB gun shooting in the upstairs range and 22lr smallbore in the lower range.

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Youth Shooting Program Update – January 21st

Our youth program runs again on Friday the 25th of January @ 6:30pm. Air rifle shooting AND BB gun shooting in the upstairs range (we now have BB’s that we can use indoors) and 22lr smallbore in the lower range. We have several young shooters who have achieved their required targets for their first NRA awards and Dan DeKruger will be handling those out this Friday.  New shooters for air rifle/bb gun should arrive @ 6pm for safety instruction and orientation.

Our combining of the air rifle and 22 shooting proved to be helpful back on January 11th – we had total attendance of nine, which is a nice increase over what we’ve been seeing so far this shooting season.

One other note now that we’re really into the winter weather – in the event of inclement weather please remember that we follow the Lancaster School District closing protocol. If you hear on the radio or other media that the Lancaster schools have cancelled activities for that evening (or if school […]

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Youth Shooting Update – December 30, 2018

Earlier this month I sent an e-mail to our attendee distriubtion list regarding our 22lr/smallbore “Instructional” program and the lack of attendance/interest so far this year. Based on feedback from both respondents and our instructors we have made the decision to combine the 22lr/Smallbore with the Air Rifle (Pellet)/BB Gun sessions on the second and fourth Fridays. This will be effective starting in the new year. Those who want to shoot 22lr will still be able to do so – the sessions will now be on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, rather than the first and the third. We will run both our upstairs and downstairs ranges simultaneously, with the Air Rifles & BB guns upstairs, and the 22lr downstairs.  As our program continues to evolve we may eventually return to having the 22 shooters come on the first and third Monday’s, but going forward we are confident that combining both groups in one night will be the best use of the club resources and provide our […]

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Youth Shooting – end of year update and thank yous

We wrapped up our youth shooting sessions for 2018 last night (December 14th). We had a good turnout, especially considering we’re into the holiday season. We are seeing an overall uptick in attendance for our Open Shooting sessions, which we’re glad to see as these are the new and youngest shooters. We resume shooting in the new year on January 4th with our Instructional Shooting sessions and January 11th with our Open Shooting sessions. Please be an advocate for our program to anyone you know with kids ages nine to 17. If you have kids or grandkids those ages, we’d love to have them (and you) join us.

As we complete the year, I want to offer a few thanks to people who have been helpful to the program. First, thank you to the board for their ongoing support. Second, thank you to our instructors who have been there from the start: Jim Weiberg, Tim Colf, Walt Conley, Rick D’Arcy, Chuck Metler, Charlie Fissler and Peter Vasilion. Thanks to Dave Scranton […]

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Youth Shooting Update – finishing up 2018 and looking forward to 2019

Our youth program started up again the first Friday in September. This year we are shooting all Fridays, with the first and third Fridays being our Instructional Program and the second and fourth Fridays being our Recreational Program (no shooting on the “fifth” Fridays). Both programs are off to a solid start. Fall activities and sports may have kept attendance down a bit more than we had expected and for next year we’re considering delaying the start of the program to October (still to be determined).

For November and December our schedule will vary slightly. In November, the Recreational Program will not shoot on the fourth Friday (due to the Thanksgiving holiday) and in December the Instructional Program will not shoot on Friday December 21st and the Recreational Program will not shoot on Friday December 28th. Starting in January we’ll be back on our regular schedule. Our upcoming shooting days are as follows:

Instructional Program:

November 2nd and 16th December 7th

Recreational Program

November 9th December 14th

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Youth Shooting Starts September 7th

I’ll skip the stuff about Summer soon ending and Fall being right around the corner. That said, September is just a week away and we’ll be resuming our youth shooting program on Friday, September 7th. Here are the updates and improvements we’re making/adding for this season:

We will shoot every Friday from September through mid-May (with a few Friday’s off for holidays and “fifth” Fridays) Start time is 6:30pm (for new shooters in our Open/Recreational shooting, please arrive @ 6pm for a safety orientation)

 

The second and fourth Fridays (when we shot last year) will be for ALL shooters ages eight and up, and will be our “Open/Recreational” shooting days. This year we’ll be adding in BB guns, along with Pellet Guns. This is for our youngest shooters AND those who are not looking for more detailed instruction. Ten X member Dan DeKruger will be coordinating our Open/Recreational Program this year.

 

This year we’re adding what we’re calling “Instructional” shooting on the first and third Fridays. This will […]

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Youth Shooting Update – June 23, 2018

Unfortunately, we did not have any youth shooters attend our first outdoor shooting date on June 11th. We realize that school exams were happening at this time, along with concerts, recitals, etc. Our next session is on July 9th, with a rain date of July 11th. If attendance is sparse or none, then we’ll cancel the session for August and resume with our indoor sessions starting in September.

Speaking of our indoor season, starting this coming September, we will be shooting EVERY Friday, with a few nights off during the holiday season, and when there is a “fifth” Friday in a month. The program is evolving and the changes will allow for our youngest shooters (ages nine through eleven and older) to fire both BB and pellet guns, with a program in place that will have the shooters work to achieve certain scores. They will receive certificates and badges for each level they achieve. Thanks to Ten X member Dan DeKruger for taking on this program. Our shooters 12 and older will be able […]

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Youth Shooting Update: 5/18/18

Our indoor Youth Shooting season is complete. We will be shooting at the outdoor range on the following dates:

June 11th @ 6:30pm (Rain Date: 6/13) July 9th @ 6:30pm (Rain Date: 7/11) August 13th @ 6:30pm (Rain Date: 8/15)

This shooting will be smallbore (.22lr) so it will be limited to our shooters ages 12 and up.

Our indoor shooting for all shooters will resume on September 7th. We have plans to expand to shoot every Friday starting in the fall and we’ll be offering both “recreational” and “instructional” programs, alternating weeks. More details to come as the weeks progress.

Scout Troops To Be Hosted in April and May

On April 19, 2018, and May 15, 2018, we will be hosting a special youth shooting night for a pair of local Scout Troops.  On the 19th, the UPSTAIRS indoor range will be restricted to the youth shooting event and the Girl Scouts.  The downstairs range will be open for the regular Thursday evening open shooting.

On Tuesday, May 15th we will be hosting a special youth shooting night for a local Boy Scout Troop. Open shooting will be unavailable to the general membership that evening.

Our Youth Shooting program continues to grow and these special sessions are another way we are introducing the youth of our community to shooting in a safe and educated environment. Our goal is that shooters who attend these sessions will return to participate in both our open youth shooting program and even consider our newly established Competitive Team.