- Youth Learn Marksmanship
- Youth Learn the Safe and Responsible Use of Firearms
- Youth Learn the Principles of Hunting and Archery
- Youth Develop LIFE SKILLS, SELF-WORTH and CONSERVATION ETHICS
By David Gray
The University of Missouri, located in the city of Columbia, is like many State Universities as it offers a large, sprawling campus complex. I have been on campus many times over the years, but had never noticed the 4-H extension building and offices. It is not small, in fact, it is a large building with a large parking area, but it is surrounded by trees and greenery that almost places the unique site in a world of its own.
The site is so fitting, as so many 4-H youth development programs involve outdoor activities and animals for the youth of our nation in the setting of countryside areas.
Early in June, 2018, I travelled to the University of Missouri to meet with Rachel Augustine, the Director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and Jim Sappington, Missouri’s statewide coordinator for 4-H Shooting Sports. We discussed ways to extend support to enable 4-H and 4-H shooting sports to deliver their service of great value to youth, our community and country. 4-H says, “We believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us.”
“Share the Outdoors” says, “We agree!” Rachel Augustine is a 4th generation Arizona native. She began working for the Missouri 4-H Foundation when she and her husband relocated to Missouri in 2013. When asked what she likes most about her job, Rachel responded, “Helping kids prepare to succeed by learning life skills, responsibility and ethics.” Rachel added, “I also enjoy meeting so many different people as I travel all over Missouri.”
Thanks to a recent challenge gift from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the Missouri 4-H Foundation is partnering with the Midway USA Foundation to establish and begin building a Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Endowment Fund. The Fund will support the long-term growth of 4-H youth shooting programs in Missouri. While the new endowment fund is exciting work, Rachel and her team also raise funds to support more than 70 statewide 4-H programs and initiatives for the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development.
Jim Sappington has been state-wide coordinator for 4H Missouri Shooting Sports activities for about one year, but he brings so much experience, as he came to the position after 27 years as a 4-H volunteer. Jim says ”The job is a tremendous amount of work, but so much work is beside the point when you watch a youngster succeed at something they thought they could never do.”
To that, we at “Share the Outdoors” say, “Thank you Rachel and Jim!” Now, “How can we help?”
If you would like to make a donation to the Missouri 4-H Foundation contact Rachel Augustine at AugustineRe@missouri.edu or by telephone, 573-884-7641.