Bible & Devotions: Mornings will begin with a short devotional. All studies will be age appropriate with discussions led by the campers with lessons on the importance and power of prayer.
Firearms: Firearms used during camp will be age and size appropriate for any given camper. Shotguns will range from .410 to 12 gauge. Handguns will range from .22 to 9-mm. Rifles will range from .22 to 223. No camper will be made to shoot a firearm they do not feel comfortable with. In fact, at camp we encourage and want the campers to use their voice and feel confident in saying “no” to something they are not sure of or feel is unsafe for them or those around them. A camper will not be allowed to handle any firearm that we as staff consider to be not appropriate for either their age, size, or skill level; even if they ask. Campers are allowed to bring their own firearms, but it is not required. If a camper’s firearm is of inappropriate size or gauge/caliber we will place them with a firearm that is a better fit for them.
Simulator Shooting Drills: Before the campers begin working on the ranges with firearms and live ammunition we will introduce them to firearms and firearms safety with the use of a firearms simulator. The use of the simulator will allow us to work on safety rules by demonstration and hands on in a safe manner. We will use target shooting drills in the then transition the campers to the range with live fire shooting drills. We will be able to work with all types of firearms with the simulator helping improve safety, confidence, and accuracy on all the ranges.
Hunter’s Education: Successful completion is required of any hunter born after September 1, 1971 per state law. Children ages 9 and older are eligible to take the course and receive their hunter’s education certificate. Mike and Julie are both Hunter’s Education Instructors through TPWD. We will work with the campers who have not received their certificate as well as those who have in a manner that all will learn something new or refresh what they have already learned. This is especially important for our younger campers.
Shooting Instruction on the Range: Our instructors have many years of experience teaching a variety of shooters. We have helped novice shooters, many who have never held a firearm, become proficient in a short time. We have worked with all ages and all skill levels teaching shotgun, pistol, and rifle shooting. Our camp schedule has us working on the range early in the mornings and later in the evening in our attempt to stay out of the hot summer sun. During the heat of the day we will be working on shooting drills, safety, and hunters education with the simulators in the classroom.
Safety Videos: We will be showing several safety videos developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation on gun safety. These are scenario based with a question and answer sessions before and after the viewing of each video.
Scenario Creation: Each session will create & film their own firearm safety scenarios using our TI Training Firearm Simulator. These scenarios will portray real-life situations that our youth may be presented with while at home, at a friends house, on the playground, or on the range. The campers will pick which scenario they want to film as well has help direct the outcomes.
Movies: If time allows during down time during the day or just prior to bedtime we will allow the campers to watch a movie that is age appropriate as defined by the movie rating and that has been pre-screened by our staff (and even our own children).