University of Maryland Extension

Youth Complete 4-H Rifle Class

2014 Beginner Rifle Class
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Conrad Arnold

Nine youth recently completed 4-H Rifle Classes held at the Thendara 4-H Center.  Classes are provided by The University of Maryland Extension 4-H program in Dorchester County.  Youth received instruction in firearm safety, sighting, rifle parts, fundamentals of basic marksmanship and shooting targets for scores.

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery, the principles and ethics of hunting, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adults leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics.

Specific objectives for the program are to:

  • Teach decision-making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and problem solving;
  • Promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior;
  • Encourage an appreciation and understanding of natural resources;
  • Develop leadership skills;
  • Build character and willingness to assume citizenship responsibility;
  • Furnish enjoyable, positive relationships with peers and adult instructors;
  • Strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities;
  • Build awareness of related career opportunities.

The University of Maryland 4-H program in Dorchester County offers many other youth educational programs including Archery, Shotgun, Environmental Sciences, Horsemanship, Public Speaking, Healthy Living, Animal Science and much more.  Call the 4-H office at (410) 228-8800 to find out more about these programs.

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