Youth Outdoor Experience provides unique opportunity

Firearms’ safetyis the focus For most people to try their hand at archery and shooting, they would either have to pay for a class or pay a guide for an excursion in the country­side that most Tri-County residents take for granted. But with the free Youth Out­door Experience, all one has to do is show up. On June 8-9 at the Colville Gun Club, the public is invited to par­ticipate in a series of recrea­tional on proper, safe firearm use, archery, outdoor stew­ardship, conservation, skeet and trap shooting. Instructors for the classes are members of the USA Shooting Team, and classes are open to age ranges elementary school and up. “It’s an effort to get more kids involved in the outdoors,” says event co-coordinator Mike Borg. “We’ll talk about wildlife habitat, firearms safety and how to be respon­sible for your environment when you’re outside playing in it,,” he said. The principle sponsor of the event is the Mule Deer Foun­dation’s Mindful, Under­standing, Legal, Ethical, and Youth (M.U.L.E.Y.) Day Camps. The USAYESS (Youth Education in Shooting Sports) will deposit $5,000 into an endowment account of any new SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) team that registers on site on Saturday, June 8. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a free lunch is provided. Drawings for door prizes will take place through­out the day. On Sunday, June 9, clinics are limited to the first 50 stu­dents. Depending on avail­ability, there could also be a Friday afternoon session. Paid clinics will be on a first come, first served basis. “Our goal is to have around 200 kids,” states Borg. “We would lie to try and make it an annual event.” To register, or for more information, call Event Co-Coordinator and WA SCTP State Advisor Howie Kubik at 509-680-0988, or email