Ramsey County's 4-H Shooting Sports Team has enjoyed phenomenal success and interest since it began in 2005 - to the point that it needs additional volunteer instructors to accommodate more participants.
The team is administered by Bill Hodous and Cindy Olson of the North Dakota State University Ramsey County Extension Service.
"We've turned down oodles of kids," Cindy Olson said. "We need more instructors."
Ramsey county's shooting sports program, which includes both boys and girls, currently offers five disciplines - air rifle, archery, shotgun and air pistol. Hodous said the team has enjoyed much success in state competitions and has had teams go to national competitions nearly every year since the program began. Ramsey County also is currently the only county in the state to have an air pistol team.
"We have by far the most kids," Hodous said. "Everyone is envious of Ramsey County."
Hodous and Olson said the sports team is good for youth in many ways. In addition to developing a discipline skill, Olson says the youth learn "skills and experience they can use for their entire lives, including safety, responsibility, discipline and patience."
Team volunteer instructors do not necessarily need to have experience in a particular discipline, however an interest in working with youth is required. The 4-H extensive service pays for volunteers to obtain required instructor certificate.
In addition to the five current disciplines, Hodous said they are also hoping to eventually add new disciplines, including black powder.