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The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Calendar

February 2 – The 32nd Annual Workshop for Sportsman Educators - The New York Sportsman Education Workshop is presented by New York State 4-H Shooting Sports.  Location: Saratoga County Cooperative Extension Education Center, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY.  Please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County at 518-885-8995 or Marilyn Preissler at mkp2@cornell.edu for more information or to Pre-Register.  This program is intended for Sportsman Education Instructors (Hunter or Bowhunter) which may include 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors.

February 22-24 – The Northeast U.S. Winter Instructor Workshop.  Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Education & 4-H Training Center, Middleline Rd, Ballston Spa, NY. Disciplines include: Archery, Air Pistol, Coordinator, Hunting/Wildlife, Living History, Muzzleloading, Rifle, and Shotgun.  Contact: Marilyn Preissler at mkp2@cornell.edu regarding registration, payment and lodging questions or John Bowe at jfb32@cornell.edu for all other questions.

April 5-7 – State Teen Action Representative Retreat (STARR).  Location: Youth Building, New York State Fairgrounds.  This is a youth teamwork and leadership program that brings together 4-H youth from around New York State to explore the diversity of 4-H programming, membership, and lifelong friendships. This retreat is highly recommended for youth considering the 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program. For more information contact John Bowe at jfb32@cornell.edu, Dan Carusone, Warren County CCE at djc69@cornell.edu, Jamila Walida Simon, NYS 4-H Office at jws2@cornell.edu, or Rachel Williams, Seneca County CCE at rrw33@cornell.edu.

April 13 – The 20th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event.  Location: The Carriage House (Tower’s Hall), Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center Resort, Lake George, NY. This event is Sold Out! Please Visit our Banquet & Auction Pages!

May 31 - June 2 – Spring Instructor Workshop.  Location: Wyoming County, NY.  Disciplines typically offered include: Archery, Rifle, and Air Pistol (Shotgun & Coordinator as needed).  Contact John Bowe at: jfb32@cornell.edu for more information.

August 21 - September 2 – The Great New York State Fair.  Location: Youth Building, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY.  New York State 4-H Shooting Sports is seeking volunteer youth and adult leaders to assist in educating the public about the 4-H Shooting Sports and Natural Resources at the State Fair.  Youth participants MUST register through their County Educator.  Adult Volunteer Instructors contact John Bowe at jfb32@cornell.edu for more information.

September 5 or November 17 – National Rifle Association Grants are Due for Upper New York State and Lower New York State, respectively.  Please see the NRA Foundation Grant Program Page for more information on these grants.

September 6-8 – The New York 4-H Championship. Location: Wyoming County, Camp Wyomoco, Varysburg, NY and the Wyoming Valley Rod & Gun Club, Java, NY. This event is open to ONLY currently enrolled4-H members to participate in events related to Archery, Air Pistol, Air Rifle, Muzzleloading, and Shotgun.  For more information on this event please contact: Nathan Paddock at wycoshootingsports@frontier.com or 585-786-2251. Online information for this event can be found on the 4-H Shooting Sports page of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County Website.

September 30 – Proposals and Applications to Host the 2018 New York State Shoot are Due to John Bowe at jfb32@cornell.edu.

October 22 – Annual 4-H Shooting Sports Youth and Instructor Numbers for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program are Due to John Bowe at jfb32@cornell.edu.

November 15 – New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Program Applications are Due to John Bowe at jfb32@cornell.edu.

Ongoing (date to be announced) – Youth Shooting Sports Alliance Grants are Due.  Visit their website at: youthshootingsa.com.



ALL current New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors are REQUIRED to update their Instructor Training to the NEW National 4-H Shooting Sports and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Guidelines.
Instructors Have Two (2) Options

  1. Attend one (1) of the 14-hour programs to be offered this year in person (you may participate in a new discipline at that time); or
  2. Participate in a shorter in-person or web based online retraining that is currently offered as needed (expected to be about 2-3 hours of online training).  New manuals for the first two programs you primarily teach in will be provided at either the in-person training or mailed to your county office.

All instructors who have NOT taught in the last two (2) years OR who are NOT currently an approved member of their County 4-H Program have been REMOVED from the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor list and their information has been placed in the inactive file. 
Inactive Instructors seeking to regain active status MUST re-establish themselves as an enrolled qualified 4-H Program Volunteer and complete the full New York State Training in order to become an active New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor. 

PLEASE NOTE: Your County 4-H Educator MUST sign each Registration Form for any applicant in order for the applicant to gain admission into New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training.  Registration Forms without the appropriate Educator’s signature will be turned away.



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