Planning is in progress for this year’s National Take Your Daughter (and/or son) to the Range Day. This will be the second annual event. Last year 35 ranges across the country hosted nearly 1,000 kids, many of whom were shooting for the first time. NTYDTTRD is under the umbrella of National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day, Inc, a non-profit corporation that was formed to oversee and raise money for the event.
Founders Lynne Finch and Evan Carson are hoping that 100 ranges will come forward this year to host events and open the world of shooting up to kids ages six and up. The event can be summed up in three words, Safety, Education and Family.
Host ranges have a lot of leeway in how they structure their events, as long as they adhere to the minimum safety standards outlined in the agreement they must sign to host an event. They must have, on site and on the line whenever the range is “hot” at least two certified instructors and one RSO for every 10 shooting lanes. This lets the kids who need help, get it, and there are still people to keep a watchful eye. There is no charge for a range to participate, except they are asked to provide a Certificate of Insurance for NTYDTTRD, Inc for one day. In return they receive the waivers and photo releases, a change to receive donated prizes, a guide to help plan the event and lots of free publicity on the website, FaceBook and Twitter. One of the lessons from last year was that many of the families came back to their host range to join, take training or just to shoot, so it was a great way to pull in new people to a range.
Being a non-profit, funding is always an issue. There is a Pay Pal donation link on the website, and much of the funding for last year came in a few dollars at a time. Corporate sponsors are also sought to help offset costs, and will receive a logo they can display on their website as well as being listed on the NTYDTTRD website as a supporter.
How can you get involved? Start at the Website, www.NationalTakeYourDaughtertotheRangeDay.com . You will find information for sponsors, a place to make a donation, information about how the event was founded, contact information, a downloadable Guide forHostRanges and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used by clubs to educate their members or boards. Please consider helping in any way you can – Donation, hosting an event, volunteering at your local range to work an event, or just attending and supporting the hosting range.
The future of shooting sports, and our 2nd Amendment Rights lies with the youth. If we teach them safely, teach them young, and give them a chance to build positive memories of shooting as a family, we preserve our rights for them, and future generations.
Thank you for your support.
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