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The NRA Basic Muzzleloading Course is going to be offered on 10/9 by the Yadkin Valley Rangers, a National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Charter Club dedicated to instruction and education. This is the first course on the path to becoming an NRA Muzzleloading Instructor. Location of the course is Camp Raven Knob in NC. Scouters are encouraged to take this course as a step towards becoming a Certified Instructor who can organize or hold a Scouting muzzle loading event. Course duration is one day and will begin at 8a in the training center at Camp Raven Knob. Cost for the Course is $60 for NMLRA members and $85 for non NMLRA members. Included in this cost- NMLRA members lunch, ammo, course materials. For non NMLRA members, the cost includes lunch, ammo, course materials and a 1yr digital membership to the NMLRA. Prepayment is required to reserve a seat. For more information please contact-

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The rest of the Instructor course series is being planned for late November. To be a certified NRA Muzzleloading Instructor, you must take the Basic Course, Basic Instructor Training and Muzzleloading Instructor courses.







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These courses are very good for introducing people to ML'ing. Everybody has to start somewhere, so I'm glad to hear of this.

Decades ago it seems, when I took the NRA (Rifle) ML'ing Instructor course, out of my class of about 15, apart from myself there were only 2 other people that had had previous ML'er experience.
 

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The purpose of our conducting this class is to enlarge the pool of muzzleloading instructors. The issue faced by many youth orgs is that the shooting sports programs must be staffed by NRA/NMLRA certified instructors. For regular stuff they're in short supply but not critical. For muzzleloading, this is getting critical. Had we not been available this summer, 2 Scout camps would have had to shut down their muzzleloading programs.
 

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If you could get more parents involved, they would be more inclined to have their children shooting.

The 4H does a good job of working with the kids, maybe you should start recruiting the parents of the kids to be instructors.
 
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Got to get the word out to as many as possible.

We looked at 4H at first but they do not recognize the NRA/NMLRA credentials and have their own program. That coupled with the number of kids in each program puts 4H way down on our list. The number of Scouts in one state is probably more than the entire 4H nationally. So with very limited resources, we focus on the largest groups.
 

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If you could get more parents involved, they would be more inclined to have their children shooting.

The 4H does a good job of working with the kids, maybe you should start recruiting the parents of the kids to be instructors.

As I posted before, we have done quite a bit of thinking and ruminating on how to best accomplish this goal. In order of largest to smallest, and this is based on our own research, Scouts, Royal Rangers, Trail Life, DeMolay, and distant last 4H. Scouting is easily as large as all the others combined and the best known.

Scouting has it's own communication channels and they are not very centralized. There is also a degree of parochial competition between Councils hence sometimes a reticence to pass along information on training opportunities. We hope to bypass all of the parochial stuff and focus on helping kids at large. Some Scout leaders are also into the "Scouting" thing and are pursuing Wood Badge and/or Vigil in the OA so they will be more into the traditional side of Scouting.

So how do we get parents involved? Good question. What we've come up with is to create a high quality, high demand, exciting muzzleloading program that can be easily replicated in any camp that so desires one. Get the "buzz" going and word will spread. Parents who are into 2A type activities will be most likely to get involved but we have to get this program up and running successfully first. You have to think of the camps as individual franchises of a national brand. As such, they want to attract customers (Scouts) to their program. The program we're working on will be easy to duplicate and we'll be glad to help in the process, but for ANY of this to work, CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS ARE MANDATORY.
 

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