Hard work throughout the year earned three youth top placements at the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest this June. Patrick Hubble and Nicholas Spangler of the 4-H Anchor Point Archery Club and Colby Robeson of the 4-H Coastal Ranchers Club all earned medallions and qualified for the 2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships, held each year in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Only four youth plus an alternate from each state are allowed to attend the Nationals in each division, which means not all Oregon qualifiers will get to attend. Because two of this year’s top four qualifiers have already attended the event, Hubble and Robeson have already both been invited to attend. Spangler may also be offered a spot on the team depending on who all decides to participate. All youth have until October 1 to decide.
Having three of the 11 national archery invitees from Lincoln County is an impressive showing. Over 110 youth competed in the compound archery division in which these three qualified, with 324 youth participating in the entire 2017 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest, held June 26-28 in Albany. The 4-H youth must qualify each year to attend the State Contest by participating in a Mail-In Tournament throughout the year. Youth may shoot a maximum of three disciplines at the State contest, but eight different disciplines are available as project areas: Archery, Shotgun, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Hunting Skills, and Western Heritage.
Clearly, Lincoln County 4-H youth have benefited from that positive youth development, as they regularly demonstrate a commitment not only to mastery but to their community through service projects and outreach. This summer the 4-H Anchor Point Archery Club hosted its annual Summer Camp July 17-21 in partnership with Newport Parks and Recreation.
Local youth have the opportunity to try their hand at archery during the week-long camp. They not only learn safe and responsible handling but also hunter ethics, shooting sports science, and much more. Both Spangler and Hubble served as Camp Counselors again this year, enjoying the opportunity to work with younger youth and share their love and knowledge of the sport.
Whether or not any of the three Lincoln County qualifiers attend the 2018 National Championships, they all agree that Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Program has been a positive influence in their lives – not to mention a lot of fun!
For more information about the Lincoln County 4-H Program or the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Program, please contact Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator and Assistant State Shooting Sports Coordinator Todd Williver at the OSU Extension Office, 541-648-6815.