The Holmes County 4-H Program through the University of Florida IFAS Extension will hold its first Air Rifle Club Meeting on Friday, March 15, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Holmes County Ag Center.


BONIFAY — The Holmes County 4-H Program through the University of Florida IFAS Extension will hold its first Air Rifle Club Meeting on Friday, March 15, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Holmes County Ag Center.



This 4-H club will be open to a maximum of 20 enrolled 4-H youth ages 10 and up.  Youth wanting to participate in Air Rifle must contact Niki Crawson, Holmes County 4-H Agent, by Tuesday, March 12, to RSVP a spot.



If youth are not currently 4-H members, they can still enroll in Holmes County 4-H and get involved in the 4-H Air Rifle Club before the RSVP deadline.



“The 4-H Shooting Sports Program teaches young people the safe and responsible use of firearms, principles of archery and hunting basics,” said Crawson. “Lifelong skill development is one of the main benefits of involvement in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program and applies to both youth and adults involved in the program. Specifically, the 4-H Shooting Sports Program is designed to provide thorough instruction in shooting sports safety by teaching youth the proper use of firearms and equipment.”



She added that the 4-H Shooting Sports Program “helps youth to develop important life skills for success such as self-confidence, safety, personal discipline, responsibility, leadership, and communication.”



4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 5-18, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.



“4-H programming offers more than just animals and barns,” said Crawson. “4-H’s learning opportunities are designed around four essential elements necessary for positive youth development by providing youth with: supervised independence, a sense of belonging with a positive group, a spirit of generosity toward others and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered such as sewing, archery, science and technology, robotics, and so much more.”



These programs operate with volunteers to teach the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences, which encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently.  For information on how you can get involved with 4-H as a youth, volunteer, or supporter, please contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108, ncrawson@ufl.edu or check out our website at http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu .



4-H is a community of young people ages 5-18 across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H programs are available to young people in all 50 states, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations worldwide, regardless of gender, race, creed, color, religion, or disability.