The Shooting Sports Education Program began in Kentucky in 1988. The program grew rapidly where now it involves approximately 7,000 youth and over 1000 volunteers statewide.

The program believes that: 

  • Youth development is the number one goal of the Shooting Sports Education Program
  • It provides an effective tool for human growth and development for youth and adults
  • It is an introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment which is a valuable life skill.
  • It trains youth to handle and shoot firearms safely. It teaches leadership and responsibility in a non-formal environment while offering fun activities for youth and adults. While competition is not the main focus, the program does offer opportunities to participate in shooting events, competing in various disciplines and age groups.

 The Breckinridge County 4-H Shooting Sports club offers the following disciplines: Shotgun (12 and 20 gauge); Rifle (.22 cal. Bolt action, Air and BB); Pistol (Air and .22 cal.); Muzzleloader (Rifle and Pistol); Archery (Compound Bare and Recurve, Bow Hunter and Target); and Hunter Challenge. All club meetings and events are coordinated and supervised by certified volunteers. The club meets from March to September, culminating in the KY 4-H State Shoot. Registration for 4-H Shooting Sports is held in February.