Coming from a family of law enforcement officers, competition shooters, and hunters, it is no wonder my 2 teenage children have a curiosity in firearms and shooting.
A few years ago, after doing some research, we found the Central Jersey Rifle & Pistol Club Friday night youth shoot and thought this seemed like a great introductory shooting program. Coach Walter Bachmann made the evening fun, engaging, and a way for youth to mingle with others with similar interests.
After honing their skills at .22 rifle, my children quickly progressed to earning their spot on the high power rifle team. They learned organization, discipline, working with and supporting others, and knowledge in defending the second amendment. Shooting has lead my children to interests in government & politics, law & public service, and history & the US Military. By setting goals and working hard to achieve them, both children have earned an NRA Classification of Expert in High Power Rifle. My daughter wrote her college application essay on her experience at the National Rifle Matches in Camp Perry, Ohio and is now studying Homeland Security in college. My son has aspirations of serving his country in the armed forces. As a parent, I have met other wonderful, devoted parents.
We support our children with transportation to practice, helping to lug the gear, spotting through the scope for shots, and of course, waking up at 5 am for matches! It never ceases to amaze me by the selfless, countless hours that many coaches, parents and CJR&PC members have volunteered with their time and energy by offering guidance to our youth. The shooting community has brought our family closer together and enhanced our lives in such a positive way.