31 January 2004


The local 4H club sponsors a “BB Gun Competition”. Now for some explanation of what all this means. The 4H organization is a youth organization aligned with the local agricultural colleges, primarily aimed at country youth. The 4H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. They arrange courses and clubs in areas such as horse riding, archery, gun safety and lots of other outdoor activities. Volunteers do most of the organizing and the work is great.
As we mentioned last month, BB guns are air rifles that fire ball bearings. These guns are available in many department stores and are recommended for Children 10 and older. The BB Gun competition involves practicing every Wednesday and Thusday afternoons 3:30 to 6:00pm. Then in June there is the District championships and if they end up in the top somewhere they go to the State championships. However, there is only room for 14 children from 9 to 15 years old. There are 24 or so trying out.
So far after two weeks of practicing and learning, Ariel and Eric are both going well. Next week will be the final tryout week when the instructors will call all of the children letting them know who has succeeded.
Next issue we will be able to tell you if they get in.

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