As many of you know by now, several parts of West Virginia were affected by devastating rain and floods and Camp Alleghany was an unfortunate victim. With high hopes and eager spirits, repairs and clean up began — and are ongoing — with Term Camp able to open, although a week late!
But before all of this chaos and excitement, staff training was in full swing and this includes our annual Rifle School Training Program for all Counselors who will be teaching on the Rifle Range at camp this summer.
About the Program
The Camp Alleghany Rifle Program offers campers the unique (but safe!) opportunity to learn the techniques of shooting and handling a .22 caliber rifle on our heavily supervised Rifle Range.
Over the course of their time at camp, campers who choose the Rifle Activity, take Rifle roughly once a day for three weeks, during which time they progress through four skill levels while working toward achieving an Expert Marksmanship ranking.
Along with learning a new sport, our Rifle activity teaches girls to have good attitudes, to be patient, and that hard work and dedication truly pay off.
Ins and Outs of Rifle School
With the guidance of National Rifle Association (NRA) Training Counselor Julie Becker, the Alleghany Rifle Staff is put through an intense three-day rifle instruction course that emphasizes safety and ensures the staff become NRA Certified Instructors who are trained according to National Rifle Association standards.
Throughout the on-site staff training course at Camp Alleghany, students are asked to make presentations to the class to demonstrate their knowledge of shooting positions and safety techniques all while being tested on the curriculum.
This course is important because, here at Camp Alleghany, providing a safe and secure environment for our campers to learn new skills is our number one priority.
As a current Rifle Staff member, I’ve completed and reviewed the training and certification course several times and I can earnestly say that I’m a more confident and skilled instructor because of it.
I’m thrilled to get back to the range with our ‘Ghany Girls to do what we do best and to pass these skills, safety practices, and the fun of shooting on to the generation coming up.
“I will shoot with an Alleghany girl, but I won’t shoot against one!” – Sam Dawson, Director and Owner, Camp Alleghany for Girls
– Charlotte Robins, Junior Camp Unit Head and Start-Up Mom, Camp Alleghany for Girls