Welcome to Montgomery County 4-H Shooting Sports Club (MC4HSS)
This club meets in and around Conroe, Texas
MC4HSS is a 4-H Project Group dedicated to teaching safe and responsible use of firearms including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration, while having fun and developing life skills through a strong youth development approach.
MC4HSS is open to all children ages 9 (or 8 and in the 3rd grade) to 18 as of August 31, 2019.
Our current disciplines include: Archery (NASP, Compound, and Recurve), Rifle (BB Gun, Air Rifle, and .22 Rifle), Pistol (Air Pistol and .22 Pistol), and Muzzleloading (Pistol and Rifle).
Practices are typically once per week per discipline. However, the number of practices your family will attend will vary depeding upon your family's availability, your child's interest level, and what disciplines they would like to attend practices for. For safety reasons, our club's practice schedule is not posted on this website and is available only to fully enrolled 4-H members.
NOTE: This club does NOT participate in any shotgun activities.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020/2021 4-H YEAR WILL OPEN ON AUGUST 15, 2020.
Step 1: Safety Training
Your first step in the registration process is to sign up for and attend a 4H Safety Training class. If you have previously taken 4H safety training, go to step 2.
Click on safety training in the calendar below for additional details and to RSVP.
All Safety Training Classes are finished for the 2019/2020 4-H year. Classes will resume in late summer/early fall 2020. Dates will be posted on the calendar when they are set.
Safety Training Dates for 2019/2020:
Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 A.M. - Noon Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 A.M. - Noon Saturday, September 28th from 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. (Cancelled due to lack of interest) Tuesday, January 28th from 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Step 2: Texas 4H Connect
Sign up each student and parent volunteer at Texas 4H Connect and pay your state dues.
Sign Up Here
Step 3: MC4HSS
Sign up with our club, MC4HSS and pay your dues for each student and the newsletter fee for your family. We suggest prospective new members attend at least 1 meeting before joining our club.
Step 4: Pay Club Dues
Step 5: Website Access
Private website access is only granted to fully enrolled club members. Do NOT request access unless you have completed all other steps. Once steps 1-4 have been completed, new members should request member access to the private side of the website. These steps MUST be completed and verfied before access is granted. Access will not be immediate. Please allow up to 14 days for approval.
What projects does the club offer?
Our club has active projects in archery, BB gun, air pistol, air rifle, smallbore rifle and smallbore pistol. We have the equipment to have a black powder project, but at this time we do not have a 4-H certified coach to hold practices. We do NOT have a shotgun project. If your child is interested in shotgun, you will need to contact the Montgomery County 4-H Shotgun Team. Other projects can be added as members indicate interest and leaders are available. Members can also complete projects at home or through another club.
Can my child participate in multiple projects?
Members may participate in as many projects as they’d like. Many members will try out all the projects to see which ones they are really interested in. Members can attend as many practices as their parents are willing to take them to. The club does not require that a member attend a certain number of practices during the year. The amount your family participates is completely up to you.
When and where are practices held?
Most practices are held once a week on a weekday evening in and around the Conroe area. We do not release practice days or locations to the public due to safety concerns. Smallbore practices are usually held once or twice a month at an outdoor range which is donated for our club members’ use, so we do not have to pay range fees. Once a family has completed the 4-H registration process, they are given access to the club member website which has the practice and event calendar on it. This is where you will sign up for practices.
Do I need to have my own gun/bow/equipment to participate?
The club has equipment for club members to borrow so it is not necessary to have your own gun or bow in order to participate. This prevents your family from having to purchase a lot of equipment while your child discovers what area they are interested in. A member can indicate what club equipment needs to be borrowed during the practice sign up process on the website.
What is the Home Firearms Safety Class? Why do we have to attend it? Are there any substitutions?
The Home Firearms Safety Class is a free two-hour lecture style class led by club volunteers. The class teaches safe gun handling, range rules and etiquette, 4-H shooting sports opportunities, as well as a lot of other useful information. Each child who wants to participate in club practices and at least one parent or guardian must attend this class before they will be allowed to participate in practices. Attendance is required by Montgomery County 4-H. There are no substitutions for attending this class. Attending a Hunters Education class, completing another basic firearms class, a parent being in the military or law enforcement, or a parent being an NRA instructor do not substitute for attending this class. Note: This class is only offered a few times a year. If you want your child to participate in club practices, you should make it a priority to attend this class as early in the year as possible. Once classes are over for the year, you will have to wait until the next year if you miss it. Contact information to RSVP for a class is listed on the club website.
How old does my child need to be to join?
4-H is for youth between the ages of 9 and 18 years old (or 8 years old AND in in 3rd grade).
How do I join?
· Join Texas 4-H through 4HConnect website. Annual enrollment opens on August 15th each year.
· Attend a Home Firearms Safety Class. (See Below)
· Join Montgomery County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. This is only done through the club website.
· Pay the club dues. The fee you pay on 4HConnect does not come to the club. Club dues cover repair and maintenance of club equipment and help to purchase consumables (ammunition, targets, etc.) used in practices by members.
· Request Access to the member’s website.
Links for each of these steps can be found on the club website. Steps can be completed in any order, but member’s website access is not granted until all steps have been completed.
I think I’ve completed all the steps to join, but I haven’t heard anything from the club. What do I do?
The simple answer is to check your e-mail. It can take from a few days up to a couple of weeks for all steps to be completed. Once your Texas 4-H membership is active, you will receive an e-mail. Club leadership grants access to the member’s website twice a week for families who have completed the registration process. If there is a delay completing one or more of the steps, the club manager will typically reach out to you through an e-mail within a couple of weeks to let you know which steps still need to be completed and to see if you have questions about the registration process. Contact information can be found at the bottom of the club’s webpage if you have other questions. Once you are granted access to the member’s website, you will receive an e-mail telling you that you should be able to log in. The is where you can view the practice calendar and sign up for those your child would like to attend. Coach contact information is listed for each practice and you may contact the coach directly with specific questions regarding the practices.
What is the club’s focus? What do you teach?
We are dedicated to teaching the safe and responsible use of firearms. This includes sound decision making, self-discipline, and concentration. We also seek to have fun and develop life skills through a strong youth development approach. Our club focus is on basic marksmanship and teaching the fundamentals of shooting. We teach competitive shooting stances in both our rifle and pistol projects, which is not what you see when you go to a public gun range. We do not teach self-defense techniques.
Who are the coaches?
Most coaches are parents of club members and have been involved with the club multiple years. All coaches are unpaid volunteers. They are NOT county employees. Club practices are led by Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches who have been to a 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification Class for the discipline they are coaching and have met the requirements to become a 4-H Certified Coach. Many of our coaches have also invested their time, energy, and money in additional training in their discipline to enhance our members’ experiences.
What if the practice schedule doesn’t work for my family’s schedule?
Practices are scheduled by our coaches based on their availability to volunteer their time and when they believe the most families will be available to attend. In some cases, we are constrained by the availability of a facility. Our club has many offerings, it is our hope that your family will be able to find at least one option that will work for you.
Can I drop off my child at practices/meetings?
No. Even if your child is old enough to drive, they must have a parent or guardian physically at the practice. Adult siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or a trusted friend can bring a member to practice, with a parent’s permission.
When does the club meet? What are 4-H club meetings?
Our club’s regular monthly meeting is usually held on the first Thursday of each month, September through May. Meeting details are posted on both the public and member website.
Attending the monthly meeting is an essential part of being involved in a 4-H club. They can be involved in the club’s decision-making process, learn something from an educational presentation, play games, and participate in community service projects at the monthly meetings. Updates on club projects and events are given to help keep families informed. The meetings also give your family an opportunity to support our members who have undertaken a student leadership role. They put a lot of extra hours into planning things for club members to do and it is rewarding to have members participate so they can experience success and grow as leaders.
We encourage all who are interested in the club to visit us to see if the club would be a good fit for your family. Attending the Safety Training class beforehand is not necessary to attend a club meeting.
Does my child have to compete? When and where are competitions?
Attending competitions is not mandatory, but our club encourages members to try it. Allowing your child to compete can help add focus to their practice time. Whether or not your family wants to be competitive will depend upon your goals for your child in shooting sports. Competitions are held in many different locations throughout the year. March through May seems to be the busiest time. Some matches are local, others are several hours away, and some are out of state.
My child is only interested in participating in the smallbore (.22) rifle/pistol or air rifle/pistol project. Why will they be required to first attend BB gun practices?
New members interested in these projects are required to attend a minimum of three BB gun practices for safety reasons. This allows the coach to make sure the safety rules learned in the safety class are understood and are being applied by the member. This also gives the member a chance to learn how a range is run by us and for our coaches to get to know them.
Once the coach determines that the member consistently demonstrates safe behavior, can safely handle the air gun or smallbore gun they want to use, and that they demonstrate the maturity level necessary for the project they are interested in, the member will be given permission to begin attending those practices. The number of BB gun practices needed to accomplish this goal is at the coach’s discretion, with the minimum being three.
For parents who believe attending BB gun practices is a waste of their child’s time: Everything your child learns in BB gun practice, will transfer to other disciplines. Shooting fundamentals are shooting fundamentals, regardless of which gun is being used. Youth often mirror the parent’s attitude. A bad attitude can make it a challenge to teach them anything. Try to keep an open mind and reserve judgment until you’ve seen what the project is. Our club has several nationally competitive BB gun members in it. You might be surprised by the skills that can be learned in this project. We have had three former BB gun project members go on to shoot rifle at the collegiate level and they will all tell you they received a solid foundation starting with a BB gun.