Kid’s Camp: Teaching Life Skills

Kid’s Camp was an outstanding success. Kid’s Camp has been around for more than 15 years on Vashon. Personally, I don’t know where else you can find that type of opportunity in Western Washington. I am so proud to be an instructor at Kid’s Camp. 21 kids shot thousands of rounds and therefore picked up thousands of pieces of brass out of the gravel. Bless their hearts. Understanding how to safely use a firearm is a life skill in my opinion. Congratulations to those kids that rose above and received leadership and sportsmanship awards, and all the winners of the various shooting contests. This year’s shooting contests resulted in particularly dramatic finishes. Truly thrilling to experience.

Top Shot: Winner of the Guts Match 2015.
2015 Top Shot: Guts Match winner and ladies’ high score in the Biathlon.

Lunchtime seminars were also enthusiastically attended in varied subjects like muzzle loader, primitive traps and snares, centerfire rifle, tomahawks, and the vaunted scavenger hunt. During the scavenger hunt the kids got the chance to shoot a couple of guns with historic significance; an original WWII .30 Carbine, and the iconic AK-47. Great job kids. I am already looking forward to next year.

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Kid’s Camp!

Summer is almost here and many of our area youths will be learning and honing their shooting skills at the Vashon Sportsmen’s Club Kid’s Camp. The week long day camp includes instruction in gun safety and marksmanship. Camp is open to ages 9-10-ish to 18. Vashon Sportsmen’s Club has beautiful grounds and a cadre of quality NRA Certified Instructors (including yours truly). I am proud to participate in this event. Please read more about it on the VSC website:

http://www.vashonsportsmensclub.com/classes/kids-camp/

The hard facts are these:
Camp dates are July 6-10, 2015. Registration is April 1 – June 1, 2015. Camp applications must be postmarked by June 1st in order to be considered. Cost is $350 for the week. Lunch is not included.

Contact VSC as listed in the link above, or you can call or email me with any questions.

This is a great opportunity.

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Happenings and a look ahead…

It has been some time since I posted something new. That does not mean things have slowed down. Things are in fact moving along quite well. The monthly FIRST Steps class continues to fill. Feb 28th is full and paid, but there are spots available for March 28th.

I have continued my professional development by recently completing the Glock Instructor’s Workshop. The course was designed for firearms instructors and we learned techniques and drills (new and old) with a focus on the Glock family of pistols. It was a Law Enforcement only class and I met some outstanding Officers from the local area. Speaking of Glock training, I am also attending the Glock Advanced Armorer’s Course very soon.

Looking into the future, I am soliciting interest in courses beyond the basic pistol class. Specifically, are you interested in the Personal Protection Inside the Home course? Please see the course description page and contact me with any questions. This is a great course focused on training and preparation for using a handgun as a defensive tool, as well as proactive efforts for home defense. I already have some interested parties and I believe there is enough interest in our community for a couple of these classes. Let me know your questions and your interest level so I can make the case for classroom space and range time.

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Course Updates: December 2014 – February 2015

Interest continues to be high in the FIRST Steps Pistol Class held at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club on the last Saturday of each month. The next class is December 27th and it is full. The class following that will be January 31st and it is also full with a wait list. The class on February 28th is half full as of this writing. If demand continues, there may be an opportunity to expand the program at that club. If you are interested in the any of the more advanced defensive courses in the Gig Harbor area please let me know. See the course descriptions tab for more information. Also, please note the cost of the 2015 FIRST Steps Pistol class will increase to $80.

Thank you. Merry Christmas!

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