|TRPC youth events are hosted by John Malloy.
Monthly “2nd Saturday” Shooting Program
Date/Time: Second Saturday of each month from 8:30am until 11:00am.
Location:TRPC Range A-1 and A-2. Cost:No Charge - Open to all boys and girls 17 years old and younger. Shooters need not be children of club members.
Description: This is an excellent opportunity for youth to gain experience with shooting firearms and to develop firearm safety. We have the young shooters set up the range, giving them a chance to get to know each other. After a brief Safety and Marksmanship orientation, we shoot from 9:00am until 11:00 am.
We use the NRA 50-foot Rifle Qualification Course, which lets the shooters start at a low qualification level from a supported prone position. The course works through prone, sitting, kneeling and standing positions, requiring progressively greater levels of skill. There are awards, such as patches and/or medals (provided by the club), at each stage.
TRPC also supplies .22-caliber ammunition and targets. Loaner rifles from club members are available.
Recently, TRPC member Jim Fowler has expanded the program for our advanced shooters into competition with other youth groups. This is done by postal or shoulder-to-shoulder matches. We are also hoping to soon offer a shotgun-shooting option for our young shooters.
Adult volunteers are always needed.
Junior shotgunning is going full speed at TRPC. We have a mix of both member and non-member juniors attending on the 2nd Saturday of each month to shoot trap. We have also had several Scouts to fulfill merit badge qualifications for shotgun over the past months.
In April, TRPC began an Amateur Trapshooters Association Big 50 program and our juniors are participating. Several of them have joined the ATA's Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship AIM program and are registering targets with the ATA.
Junior shooting is open to all young people between the ages of 12 and 18, at any experience level. Appropriate firearms, safety equipment and ammunition are all furnished by TRPC. Targets are provided by the club.
As the weather warms up, remember to prepare for several hours out of doors. Please bring water and sunscreen. Also, you should be careful to protect yourself from sunburn and dress appropriately for the activity, so no tanktops, sleeveless shirts, stringtops, etc. Remember also that sturdy shoes are a safety requirement just like eye and ear protection - sneakers are best; no sandals, flipflops etc.
In June we will provide lunch - hotdogs and chips. Bring your own drinks.
TRPC Suwannee River Area Council Boy Scout Fall Camporee
TRPC invited all the Boy Scout troops in our local council (SRAC) to the range for a safe introduction to the fun of the shooting sports.
TRPC and Troop 23 were the hosts of the event. Over the weekend some 300 Boy Scouts and Boy Scout leaders learned the basics of Firearms Safety. On Saturday morning there was instruction and shooting of .22 rifles, shotguns and black powder rifles.
On Saturday afternoon each scout got an opportunity to complete shooting merit badges or do additional recreational shooting of muzzle loading rifles or .22 rifles. There was also a high power rifle shooting demonstration.
On Saturday evening their was a campfire and awards for the event were presented to the deserving scouts and Scout Troops.
On Sunday morning there were several shooting demonstrations following the morning service.
It took a lot of club members to make this program work smoothly and the work of TRPC-member volunteers was greatly appreciated.
Required Youth Shooting Forms.