Ottawa Sportsmen's Club NewsJune 20th, 2009
Mark Wuori, Junior Shooting Sports Camp Director
Back row (L to R): Jon Tolonen, Amy Ruohonen, Jim Bezotte, Samantha Allyn, Elsa Niemela, Jacob Tuomi,
Front row (L to R): Cliff Young, Katy Ellenich, Bryan Waineo, Chet Kraker, Trevor Tervo, Cal Riutta, Kaitlin Tuomi,
The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club in Pelkie, MI held their 10th annual Junior Shooting Sports Camp from June 15th through the 19th at the club grounds located on M-38 near the Pelkie Rd.
This year, 13 participants successfully completed the intensive week long event. The camp participants learned the fundamentals and techniques of shooting target rifles and pistols, the proper handling of firearms with a heavy emphasis on safety, and range courtesy. Before heading out to the range each day, the students took part in calisthenics and stretching exercises.
Starting in the year 2000 the OSC Junior Shooting Sports Camp has focused on introducing young people to "shooting as an athletic event" through NRA style target shooting. The participants learned the basics of shooting with real competition style target rifles, pistols and shotguns. They shot the .22 rifles in the Standing, Kneeling, Sitting and Prone positions at regulation targets 50 yards away. During the pistol phase, they shot ONE HANDED, unsupported again at regulation targets 50 yards away during the Slow Fire stage, and at targets 25 yards away during the Timed Fire (5 shots in 20 seconds) and Rapid Fire (5 shots in 10 seconds) stages.
The first 4 days encompassed classroom instruction, physical exercise, and closely coached practice in pistol and rifle safety and marksmanship. The week of instruction culminated on Friday with an actual rifle and pistol tournament between two teams of shooters, the "Husky's and the Wildcats". The rifle and pistol match was followed by a potluck buffet dinner (provided by the parents) and Hot Dogs and Burgers provided by the Club. After dinner, the class participants received personal one on one instruction and coaching in Trap Shooting at the shotgun range. The evening concluded with a closing ceremony and certificates of achievement and awards for the class participants.
Volunteer Range Staff:
Volunteer Range Staff
Members of the Springfield/OSC Junior Pistol Team:
Volunteer Support Staff:
Thanks to all who made the Jr Shooting Sports Camp such a success this year!
Mark Wuori, Camp Director
Phone: (906) 228-5471
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