December 10th, 2016

Marksmanship Camps for Youngsters — Openings Available

Dustin Ellermann Marksmanship Camp Shooting Zavalla Texas Christian

Top Shot Champion Dustin Ellermann is not just a great shooter. He also directs a Christian-oriented youth program in Texas. In the spring of 2017, Dustin’s Camp His Way team will be offering weekend marksmanship camps for youngsters and teens. Dustin tells us that there are still a few spots available for the Kids’ Camps on February 25-26 and March 25-26, as well as the Teen Camp on March 11-12, 2017. These two-day Camps make a great holiday gift for youngsters. The programs are conducted at Camp His Way outside of Zavalla, Texas. For more information, visit Marksmancamp.com.

Dustin Ellerman Marksmanship Camp Shooting Zavalla Texas Christian

These weekend Marksmanship Camps are specially designed for kids aged 9-13 and teens 14-18. The Christian-oriented two-day camps focus on safety, marksmanship skills, and team building. Campers enjoy a host of fun skill-oriented activities: Airgun Shooting, Archery, Blowguns, Knife Throwing, Paintball Games, Slingshots, Tomahawk Throwing, and of course Rimfire Rifle Marksmanship with a variety of rifles. The Rimfire Rifle Marksmanship program features Volquartsen Custom Rifles, S&W M&P 15-22s, Ruger 10/22s, Savage bBolt Actions, and Henry Lever Actions.

Dustin Ellerman Marksmanship Camp Shooting Zavalla Texas Christian

The Kids’ (ages 9-13) Marksmanship Weekends cost $270. Teen (ages 14-18) Camps are $300.00. These fees include all ammo, equipment, meals, lodging, team t-shirt, and one adult guest spectator. Parents are welcome to attend and spectate, but participation in marksmanship activities is limited to the kids at this time. CLICK HERE to reserve a spot — a few openings are still available.

Dustin Ellerman Camp His Way

Notice the young campers always wear ear and eye protection when shooting firearms. That’s as it should be. We wish adult shooters, including benchrest, smallbore, High Power, and F-Class competitors, followed this important safety practice.

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March 10th, 2015

Help Kids — Become a Summer Camp Marksmanship Instructor

Many of us learned to shoot firearms while in the Boy Scouts or at a summer camp. To ensure that next generation of Americans learns about marksmanship and firearms safety in a positive way, it’s important to support summer camp shooting programs. The Civilian Marksmanship program is doing just that via a program that trains adults as summer camp marksmanship instructors.

CMP Master Riflery instructor NRA Boy Scouts BSA merit badge

CMP Master Riflery instructor NRA Boy Scouts BSA merit badgeCMP Camp Riflery Master Instructor Courses
Would you like to help young people learn about shooting? You can become a part of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) growing list of Camp Riflery Master Instructors by attending one of two Camp Riflery Master Instructor Workshops being offered in 2015. A workshop will be held at Camp Perry, OH, March 16-17, and in Anniston, AL, March 23-24. Camp Riflery programs are some of the most popular activities offered at summer camps around the country. There, boys and girls learn safe gun handling and marksmanship skills, while also being introduced to the stimulating sport of target shooting. Along the way, the juniors also develop valuable life skills that will be beneficial on their journey into adulthood.

CMP Master Riflery instructor NRA Boy Scouts BSA merit badge

This photo is from California’s Camp Josepho. This Boy Scout facility offers one of the BSA’s best marksmanship programs, a 5-day summer session that provides intensive training on Rifle and Pistol Shooting, Archery, and Tomahawk throwing. CLICK HERE for more information.

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May 15th, 2014

CMP Summer Camps are Filling Up Quickly

CMP summer Air Rifle CampEach summer the Civilian Marksmanship Program sponsors a popular series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics to teach intermediate and advanced marksmanship skills to junior shooters. All camps are one-week-long, three-position air rifle camps, with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp.

The CMP’s summer Rifle Training Camps are filling up fast. Many camps are now posted as full, and several more will be full soon. If you want to help a Junior get involved, act soon. Interested Juniors should sign-up today for one of the remaining CMP Camps or Clinics. These are great training options for the summer. For more information, visit: http://thecmp.org/3p/camp.htm.

Camp

Location

Camp Dates

1

Anniston, AL- CMP South

2-6 June

Clinic A

Progresso, TX (Outreach Clinic)

2-4 June

2

Anniston, AL- CMP South

9-13 June

3

Camp Perry, OH- CMP North

9-13 June

Clinic 1

Willard, MO- Springfield Area (Outreach Clinic) **FULL**

16-18 June

4

Anniston, AL- CMP South **FULL**

16-20 June

5

Camp Perry, OH- CMP North **FULL**

16-20 June

Stand A
30 June-2 July

Clinic 2

Port Orchard, WA- Seattle Area (Outreach Clinic)

7-9 July

Clinic 3

Bozeman, MT (Outreach Clinic)

7-9 July

Stand 1

Phoenix, AZ- Ben Avery (Advanced Standing Camp)

10-12 July

6

Anniston, AL- CMP South **FULL**

14-18 July

7

Phoenix, AZ- Ben Avery **FULL**

14-18 July

8

Anniston, AL- CMP South **FULL**

21-25 July

9

Kerrville, TX **FULL**

21-25 July

10

Anniston, AL- CMP South**FULL**

28 July-1 Aug

11

Fountain, CO **FULL**

28 July-1 Aug

Stand 2

Anniston, AL- CMP South (Advanced Standing Camp)

4-6 Aug

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February 4th, 2014

Registration Opens for 2014 CMP Youth Training Camps

Do you have a young family member who enjoys shooting? A CMP summer camp is a great way to provide school-age kids a solid start in position shooting. Camps are offered around the country, during the summer months. Camp registration is now open. There are many options for this year’s camps, but it’s important for interested youngsters to apply soon. Don’t delay — some locations will fill-up quickly.

CMP summer camp 2014 sign-ups

Each summer the Civilian Marksmanship Program sponsors a popular series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics to teach intermediate and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult leaders. CMP Summer Youth Camps are three-position, air rifle camps that run for a week (with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp). Click the links in the boxes below for specific information about each camp. CLICK HERE for general CMP Camp INFO Page

Camp

Location

Camp Dates

1

Anniston, AL- CMP South

2-6 June

2

Anniston, AL- CMP South

9-13 June

3

Camp Perry, OH- CMP North

9-13 June

Clinic 1

Willard, MO- Springfield Area (Outreach Clinic)

16-18 June

4

Anniston, AL – CMP South

16-20 June

5

Camp Perry, OH – CMP North

16-20 June

Clinic 2

Port Orchard, WA – Seattle Area (Outreach Clinic)

7-9 July

Stand 1

Phoenix, AZ – Ben Avery (Advanced Standing Camp)

10-12 July

6

Anniston, AL – CMP South

14-18 July

7

Phoenix, AZ – Ben Avery

14-18 July

8

Anniston, AL – CMP South

21-25 July

9

Kerrville, TX

21-25 July

10

Anniston, AL – CMP South

28 July-1 Aug

11

Fountain, CO

28 July-1 Aug

Stand 2

Anniston, AL – CMP South (Advanced Standing Camp)

4-6 Aug

Camp Costs
The tuition the CMP charges for these camps does not begin to cover the total cost of operating the camps; the CMP subsidizes the camp program through its budget for the camps, but participants are still responsible for a cost share.

2014 CMP Junior Rifle Camp Fees:
$245 (athlete); $50 (adult) for Three-Position Air Rifle Camps
$175 (athlete); $50 (adult) Advanced Standing Camp $150 (athlete); $30 (adult) for Clinics

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September 9th, 2013

Top Shot Champ Trains Youngsters at Marksmanship Camp

camp his way marksmanship camp Dustin EllermannYou probably know Dustin Ellermann from the Top Shot TV show. Dustin, a self-trained “natural” marksman, was the Season 3 Champion. You may not know that Dustin also runs a Christian Camp for young people, Camp His Way. One of the Camp’s special programs is a weekend marksmanship camp taught by Dustin.

Multi-Activity Marksmanship Camp
At these sessions, the young campers get to shoot, practice archery, throw tomahawks, ride horses, and even try out blow-guns. Dustin reports: “This past weekend we had another amazing Marksmanship Camp. We had a great group of campers and of course lots of fun shooting/throwing/riding/slinging! Thanks to all our sponsors for helping us make this weekend awesome: 5.11 Tactical, Elzetta Design, NextLevel Training, Volquartsen Custom, GhostTargets.com, Cold Steel and more.” CLICK for equipment list.

camp his way marksmanship camp Dustin Ellermann

camp his way marksmanship camp Dustin Ellermann

camp his way marksmanship camp Dustin Ellermann

camp his way marksmanship camp Dustin Ellermann

Notice the young campers always wear ear and eye protection when shooting firearms. That’s as it should be. We wish adult shooters, including benchrest, smallbore, High Power, and F-Class competitors, followed this important safety practice.

camp his way marksmanship camp Dustin Ellermann

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February 13th, 2013

Juniors — Register Now for CMP Summer Training Camps

Registration has just opened for the 2013 CMP Junior Summer Camps. This year there will be camps in Anniston (AL), Camp Perry (OH), Phoenix (AZ), and Colorado Springs (CO). These summer camps fill up quickly, so if you know a young shooter who wants to attend, be sure he or she submits an application soon. Most of the camps cost $230.00 for the week. For additional info, contact Sommer Wood, CMP Junior Rifle Camp Director, by emailing swood [at] odcmp.com.

CMP Summer Camp

CMP 2013 Summer Air Rifle Training Camps and Clinics
Each summer the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) sponsors a popular series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics to teach intermediate and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult leaders. There are eight (8) camp sessions (plus two outreach clinics) scheduled for 2013. The first session starts June 10th, and the last session begins August 5th. Detailed information about the camps and how to apply to attend them are listed on the CMP website. All camp sessions are week-long, 3-position air rifle camps, with the exception of Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp.

Camp Location Camp Dates
Anniston, AL — CMP South 10-14 June
Anniston, AL — CMP South 17-21 June
Camp Perry, OH — CMP North 24-28 June
Outreach Clinics (To be announced soon!) 1-3 July
Phoenix, AZ 15-19 July
Linn, MO (Outreach Clinic) 17-19 July
Anniston, AL — CMP South 22-26 July
Anniston, AL — CMP South 29 July-2 Aug
Colorado Springs, CO 29 July-2 Aug
Colorado Springs, CO (Advanced Standing Camp) 5-7 Aug
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November 17th, 2011

CMP Offers Youth Program Grants for CMP-Affiliated Clubs

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is now offering financial assistance grants to CMP-affiliated groups that conduct youth marksmanship projects, activities, and events. Approved grants will be funded annually beginning in the fall of 2012. “We are very excited to announce the CMP Grant program,” said Christie Sewell, CMP North General Manager. “To support our mission, we look forward to helping deserving CMP-oriented youth marksmanship groups who are in need of a financial boost to get their projects off the ground,” Sewell said.

Project and Group Eligibility Standards for Grants
An eligible project must be youth-oriented. The project must benefit at least 7 juniors (under age 21) and the funds must be used for expenses related to juniors. The funds will be used for the related activity directly, such as, but not limited to housing, meals, match supplies, etc. Requests must be for “special projects” that are considered above and beyond routine marksmanship activities.

An “eligible group” is any organization affiliated with the CMP and they must submit an application for a grant for a qualifying project or activity. Applicants are expected to provide compelling reasons for requesting the grant and should include detailed descriptions and financial estimates required to carry out the activity, project or event. Activities and projects already sponsored by the CMP are not eligible for grant consideration. Applicants seeking to qualify for support shall not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, race, color, sex or national origin.

How to Apply for Youth Program Grants
Grant applications can be downloaded from the CMP Grants web page. Or, you can write to: Civilian Marksmanship Program, Attn: Grant Application Department, P.O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452. The deadline for submitting grant applications is September 1, 2012, and decisions on grants by CMP will be made within 30 days.

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July 13th, 2011

Junior Shooters Magazine Launches Website

If you’ve enjoyed the Junior Shooters print magazine, now you can find updates and read feature articles on the web. With the launch of JuniorShooter.net, there’s a great new online resource covering all youth shooting activities — both competitive and recreational. You’ll find match reports, feature articles, club listings, event calendar, safety info, training tips, and gear reviews. The website invites user contributions to its photo galleries and video archives — kids love to see their photos on the web.

The home page of the JuniorShooter.net website is set up like a blog, so you can easily access multiple stories, the most recent at the top. Currently on the home page are stories about the USAMU Junior Shooting Camp, Field Target Shooting (see photo below), CMP College Scholarships, and other summer camp opportunities for young shooters.

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June 4th, 2011

Openings Available at 2011 Camp Perry Junior Shooting Camps

If you or someone you know is a young shooter looking to mix some top-notch coaching with summer fun, then look no further than the NRA Junior Shooting Camps. Each summer, the NRA offers a Junior Pistol Camp and a Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp at Camp Perry in Northern Ohio. The slideshow below shows the 2010 Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp.

Both Pistol and Rifle programs are conducted as five-day camps offering expert instruction by NRA Certified Coaches. Both camps are geared towards intermediate shooters, but beginners are accepted on a space-available basis. Open to youths 12-18 years of age, these camps provide young people with the chance to improve their shooting skills under the guidance and supervision of experienced coaches.

The Junior Pistol Camp will be held July 12-16 and the Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp will be held July 23-27, both in conjunction with the National Matches at Camp Perry. The Junior Pistol Camp is limited to 50 shooters and will focus on conventional and international pistol shooting, while the Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp is limited to 72 shooters and centers on 3 and 4-position rifle shooting.

Advanced registration (by June 15) is just $200.00, standard registration (after June 15) is $225.00. This includes training materials and administrative fees, but does not cover travel or lodging costs. First-time campers for the Junior Pistol Camp only are eligible for tuition and travel reimbursement of up to $500.00 per individual thanks to the generous support of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

Information packets and registration forms for both camps can be downloaded online, or call 703-267-1411 for more information. You can also view the new Junior Pistol Camp brochure online. If you know a junior who would like to attend a shooting camp, submit an application right away!

Camp Perry Shooting Camp

Story by Kerrin Brinkman, courtesy The NRA Blog.
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January 5th, 2011

CMP Sets Dates for 2011 Summer Camps

CMP Youth Summer Air Rifle CampThe CMP has recently posted its 2011 schedule for its CMP Summer Youth Rifle Camps (see chart below). The CMP Summer Rifle Camps are primarily designed for junior shooters participating in three-position air rifle. These popular five-day camps have been a staple of the CMP Summer line-up since 2000. Registration opens on 17 January. Cost is just $225 for each junior shooter, a fee kept low through CMP camp subsidies.

CMP Youth Summer Air Rifle Camp

CMP Youth Summer Air Rifle Outreach ClinicCampers receive classroom instruction by top air rifle experts, and personal attention on the range from established collegiate athletes. National Rifle Team Members and Olympians contribute to the camp curriculum. For the third straight year, Sommer Wood, a collegiate shooter at Clemson, will be Camp Director.

Just like 2010, all full-length three-position air rifle camps will take place at the CMP North and South ranges, in Port Clinton, Ohio and Anniston, Alabama respectively. There will also be a three-day Advanced Standing Camp and several Outreach Clinics at various locations in the country. But note: All camps and clinics will be commuter only — the CMP removed the program’s housing option in 2010.

CMP Youth Summer Air Rifle Outreach Clinic

Outreach Clinics in Four States Supplement Summer Camp Offerings
To reach a wider base of young shooters, the CMP will also be offering summer Outreach Clinics, in addition to the scheduled Camp programs in Alabama and Ohio. In 2011 Outreach Clinics will be held in Texas, Arizona, South Dakota, and New York.Registration for Outreach Clinics opens April 1, 2011.

For more information regarding the 2011 Summer Camps please visit the CMP homepage, www.odcmp.com and click on the Summer Rifle Camps link. You can also contact Sommer Wood at swood [at] odcmp.com.

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April 6th, 2010

Supervised Summer Shooting Programs for Young People

NSSF Youth ProgramsSummer is just a couple months away. If you’re looking for supervised shooting opportunities for your youngsters this summer, the NSSF has created a list of suitable programs. Parents can choose from shotgun, rifle and/or handgun programs with certified adult instructors. All the programs listed below offer an introduction to target shooting, and some provide opportunities for individual and team competition. To learn more about training programs for young people, read “A Parent’s Guide to Recreational Shooting for Youngsters,” which is available online at www.nssf.org/lit.

AIM (Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship): AIM provides a safe, positive experience with firearms and registered trapshooting for youth, elementary school through college age. AIM encourages good sportsmanship and personal responsibility. Learn more at www.shootata.com/aim/aim4ata.html.

American Legion: Thousands of male and female junior shooters have participated in the American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program, which has a perfect safety record. The Junior Program includes a Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards and Air Rifle Competition. To learn more, visit www.legion.org/shooting.

American Legion Junior Shooting Program

Civilian Marksmanship Program: The CMP offers many programs for youth shooters, including indoor air rifle clinics, summer shooting camps, and Rimfire Sporter competitions which are held natiowide. CLICK HERE to read about Rimfire Sporter matches, and learn more about all CMP youth programs at www.odcmp.com.

CMP Rimfire Sporter

Junior USA Shooting Patch Program: This NSSF patch program allows youngsters to get started in target shooting. Under adult supervision, participants learn safety and shooting basics while earning official Junior USA Shooting team rifle or shotgun patches. Learn more at www.nssf.org/JRUSA/.

National 4-H Shooting Sports: More than 300,000 4-H members have been introduced to shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader and handgun shooting through this program, which emphasizes the development of youth as responsible, productive citizens. Learn more at www.4-hshootingsports.org.

Scholastic Clay Target Program: Directed by adult coaches, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) provides team competition for youth in skeet, trap and sporting clays, with the opportunity to win state and national championships. Learn more at www.sssfonline.org.

Scholastic Steel Challenge: The SSC provides the opportunity for young adults aged 12 through 20 to participate in the challenging sport of “speed steel” in a supportive environment taught by trained adult coaches who focus on the safe handling and use of handguns.

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