Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation NRA Virginia Youth Grant
Buffalo, Missouri –-(Ammoland.com)- The Northern Virginia Chapter 16 of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc. were awarded a grant for a new youth and instructor program.
The program will provide training for adult volunteers in the shooting sports, including equipment, designed to educate and expose the Boy Scouts of America in the area and other youth allowing them to experience and appreciate the recreational potential of the shooting sports and other outdoor programs.
“Our nation’s wildlife future totally depends on our youth experiencing and appreciating the natural settings in our lands and waters and getting them engaged in the outdoors as a portion of their natural versus electronic lifestyle,” states Craig Alderman of QUWF.
“No one who says they are a conservationists can afford to let another opportunity to get our youth engaged in the great outdoors, our hunting and fishing heritage, slip by. Our core focus at QUWF is getting chapters activated at all levels and we are blessed the Northern VA chapter and the NRA will partner with us to push more time outside to learn the responsibility and skills for not only merit badges, but life’s lessons,” emphasizes Alderman.
“Scouts and other youth in the local area have little opportunity to enjoy shooting sports in their communities, nor are they exposed to the responsibility of conservation stewardship so we accepted the challenge to do something about it,” says A.C. Duckworth, chairman of the NV 16 chapter. Continues Duckworth, “With this NRA Grant we will enhance the physical, cognitive and social conservation development of our youth through safe, educational, responsible and socially acceptable involvement in a shooting related activity. Teaching safe and responsible use of firearms equipment develops sound decision making, self -discipline and great auto neural skills. High standards of safety, sportsmanship and above all ethical behavior need to be mentored at all levels of society but especially to our youth.”
It is also a goal of the program to get family members and their friends involved thereby strengthening a families bond and understanding of our environment and what it takes from all of us to ensure its existence. Complementing other programs such as hunter education and safety will build a stronger base of understanding to our youth and adults alike.
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organization, was formed to serve its members and chapters nationwide, providing a strong local source of habitat focus on quail and upland wildlife and population recovery. Millions of dollars of habitat work have been completed by its members over the years on thousands of acres of both private and public lands, now that work continues with a renewed vitality. Our chapters from coast to coast, provide the grass roots, local habitat work that is making a difference each and every day. For more information or to join QUWF please visit our website at www.quwf.net.