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• This PowerPoint presentation is geared for use at a state level 4-H shooting sports workshop.
• Balloon and Skewer Demonstration
Pass out 12 inch helium quality balloons and one foot long wooden cooking skewers to the audience. Everyone needs one of each. Have everyone blow up the balloon and tie it off---no other instructions on this step and don’t answer when people ask how much to blow it up.
Now tell everyone to poke the wooden skewer through the balloon (from one side to the other) without having the balloon explode. They have 30 seconds.
After everyone has exploded their balloons and told you that this is impossible, here is what you do.
Presenter: What you have just done is complete the DO part of the experiential learning model. Now let’s go to the reflect part of the model. What happens when a balloon explodes? Answer: The skin of the balloon rips. It rips starting at the point of the tear and then races around the entire circumference of the balloon before it deflates.
So How do we keep a balloon from exploding? We have to keep the skin of the balloon from ripping. The easy way to do that is to put a piece of tape on the balloon and pass the skewer through the tape—thus preventing the skin from ripping and balloon exploding. But I did not give you any tape.
So how do we keep the skin of the balloon from ripping—without the use of tape.
Let me ask you this question---would a thin skinned balloon rip easier than a thick skinned balloon? A thin skin will rip easier.
So first thing to do is not to blow up the balloon really tight.
[Go ahead and blow up a balloon only to about 6 inches and tie it off]
Now what is the thickest part of this balloon?
Answer: On each end—next to where you blow it up and on the opposite side from there.
That is where you can pass the skewer through each side of the balloon without it exploding.
Now let’s go to the
• ### Welcome to 4 h shooting sports

1. 1. Forum 2010 Welcome to 4-H Shooting Sports Initial Orientation at a State Level 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Workshop Jeff Goodwin Co-Chair of the 4-H Shooting Sports National Committee State 4-H Director Colorado State University Revised 10-10-13
2. 2. The W Word It’s a firearm---not the W word!
3. 3. What is 4-H Shooting Sports? • Shooting Sports is an activity that attracts youth and adult audiences – The Core Concepts Stressed • Safety • Ethical Development • Personal Responsibility • Family Involvement • Life-time recreational skills • Life Skills Development
4. 4. What is 4-H Shooting Sports? • Nationally Supported Curriculum and Training – Rifle – Shotgun – Archery – Muzzle loading – Pistol – Hunting/Outdoor Skills – Coordinator
5. 5. How are County programs set up? • Some counties have a County Shooting Sports Council made up of all Shooting Sports leaders • Some counties have one shooting sports club • Some counties have a shooting sports leader in each community 4-H club • In all counties the ultimate responsibility for the program is with the local Extension Office
6. 6. 10 Steps to Developing a Successful Shooting Sports Program 1. Identify key Volunteer leader(s) in county 2. In cooperation with key leaders identify potentially interested persons 3. Invite a large group of interested folks to a countywide meeting and explain the program and answer all questions 4. Form a county committee 5. Develop a county plan 6. Set the plan into action 7. Attend a State Training Workshop 8. Develop support for the program- Financial, human, material 9. Let Volunteers run the program 10. Draw advanced membership of the program into junior leadership
7. 7. 10 Steps to Getting Involved in a Successful Shooting Sports Program 1. Meet and get to know your local county Extension agent 2. Meet and get to know the key 4-H shooting sports leaders in your county 3. Sit back and observe how the program operates before you suggest any changes 4. Attend a State Training Workshop 5. Help develop support for the program- Financial, human, material 6. Assist at county and state level 4-H shooting sports events 7. See where your skills and interests can fit into and enhance your county program 8. Have fun and get along with everyone and it will be the experience of a lifetime
8. 8. Objectives of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program 1. To encourage participation in natural resources and natural resource science programs 2. To enhance the development of self-concept, character and personal growth 3. To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment 4. To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior
9. 9. Objectives of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program 4. To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior 5. To expose participants to a broad array of vocational and life- long avocational activities related to shooting sports 6. To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational opportunities 7. To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter education programs using experiential educational methods and progressive development of life skills and abilities
10. 10. Education Program Priority Pyramid Education Recreation Competition Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Life Skills Development occur at all levels of this model. The main message of this model is for program focus and priority to be on education, not competition. In order for a land-grant university to be involved with this activity education must be the foundation of the program.
11. 11. Why a State Workshop? • Liability Issues at all levels • Consistency of program across the state • Provide local leaders the opportunity to create networks
12. 12. Why State Training? • Why can’t certified Hunter Education Instructors, NRA Instructors, or USAA instructors be 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders without further training? – 4-H Shooting Sports is a youth development program that uses shooting sports to attract youth. • We focus on teaching adults to teach kids • Hunter Education and NRA instructors have limited training and access to youth development materials • We focus on LIFE SKILL and YOUTH DEVELOMPMENT • Liability
13. 13. Helping Youth Develop Life Skills Which life skills are taught and practiced in 4-H Shooting Sports?
14. 14. Helping Youth Develop Life Skills • Teamwork • Leadership • Self-discipline • Character • Self esteem • Self-responsibility • Personal Safety • Goal Setting • Keeping Records • Critical Thinking • Decision Making • Problem Solving • Communication • Social Skills
15. 15. Experiential Learning Model
16. 16. Essential Elements of Youth Development • Belonging – Positive relationship with a caring adult – Inclusive environment – Safe environment • Independence – Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future – Opportunity for self-determination • Generosity – Opportunity to value and practice service to others • Mastery – Engagement in learning – Opportunity for mastery
17. 17. Ages and Stages • Physical/Motor Skills • Emotional/Social • Cognitive
18. 18. Ages and Stages – Ages 5-8 – Clover buds – Ages 9-11 year olds • Short attention spans • Don’t expect them to remember anything – Ages 12-14 year olds • Stronger and more coordinated • Can absorb more information – Ages 15-18 • Embarrassment may cause them to not return • Starting to take leadership positions
19. 19. What Does a State Training Consist of? • A nationally approved curriculum • A nationally trained State Team • Training in Youth Development • Training in specific disciplines
20. 20. Basic Teaching Principles • Non-threatening, Hands-on Instruction – When working with shooters, particularly beginners, instructors must use their hands to position them properly – Instructors must be careful to avoid any action that could appear to be improper or cause the student anxiety – Advance warning, asking permission – Knife hands – Gumby Method
21. 21. Basic Teaching Principles • Relate the known to the unknown • Progress from simple to complex • Break a whole skill down into its components and teach one at a time – Teach (mention) a component only just before they need to know it • Basic shooting skills must be learned before applying them to a sport or activity • Developing skills requires continued opportunities for instruction, practice, and encouragement • De-brief, debrief, de-brief!!!
22. 22. 4-H Shooting Sports Discipline Essentials Become a Master at: – Teaching the first shot safely within 30 minutes – Concise, Step-by-step, need to know instruction – Teaching for early success – Positive Educational Strategies – Modeling the behavior you want exhibited at the local level – Keeping your political opinions to YOURSELF!!
23. 23. KEEP IT 4-H !! > I PLEDGE • My head to clearer thinking • my heart to greater loyalty • my hands to larger service • my health to better living • for my club, my community, my country and my world
24. 24. A Hundred Years from Now: It will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house that I lived in, or what kind of car I drove… But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD.
25. 25. Questions?