Ottawa Sportsmen's Club NewsJune 17th, 2011
Mark Wuori, Junior Shooting Sports Camp Director
Mark Wuori, OSC Junior Shooting Sports Camp- Director
Ron Granroth, OSC Junior Shooting Sports Camp Ė Head Coach
Front row (L to R): Mike Green, Daniel Foix, Dana Hochstein, Braun Herrala, Eric Kocher,
Back row (L to R): Cody Tarnowski, Joey Juntunen, Jay Loman, Shawn Cornock, Lisa Emmert,
The Ottawa Sportsmenís Club in Pelkie, MI held their 12th annual Junior Shooting-Sports Camp from June 13th through the 17th at the club grounds located on M-38 near the Pelkie Rd.
This year, 10 participants (8 boys and 2 girls) 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, more 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 warm-up exercises, 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, named the 'Huskyís' and the 'Wildcatís'. The rifle and pistol match was followed by a potluck buffet dinner (provided by the parents) and Hot Dogs provided by the Club. After dinner, the class participants received personalized 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.
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