The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Outdoors

December 26, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Instructors can pass down a skill

If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolution yet, here’s one that could let you “touch the future.”

The Game Commission is recruiting experienced hunters and trappers to become volunteer instructors for the basic Hunter-Trapper Education, Successful Bowhunting, Successful Furtaking and Successful Turkey Hunting courses.

As an instructor you would help make a difference in your community and to do something to help pass down your passion for the outdoors to the next generation of hunters and trappers.

The different types of classes will begin in the spring and they will be held at a variety of locations, such as sportsmen’s clubs, fire halls, schools and municipal buildings.

An instructor works with other volunteer instructors and with Wildlife Conservation Officers to plan and teach classes. You don’t need to be an expert in every field of hunting and trapping or a professional educator. Your teaching materials and detailed lesson plans are provided by the Game Commission.

A new instructor must have attended and completed a class, as a student, within the 18 months of submitting an application. Also, one will need to pass a background check, assist with at least one student-level class and attend a new instructor training workshop before being certified.

For more information about becoming an instructor, please visit the commission’s web site at www.pgc.state.pa.us or call the Hunter-Trapper Education Division at (717) 787-7015.

Archery in schools

Maybe 2013 will be the year that more schools in the Valley to add the National Archery in the Schools Program, or NASP, to their physical education curriculum.

“In addition to meeting the physical education curriculum requirements set by the state Department of Education, NASP fosters an interest in archery for these students,” according to Samantha Pedder, who is the Game Commission outreach coordinator and who oversees this program in the state. “Through competition, we hope that the excitement will cause students to want to continue to shoot and expand their archery experience. Among those expanded opportunities are 3-D archery tournaments and, eventually, bowhunting, which are natural avenues for archers to hone and maintain their skills.”

Currently, there are 100 schools enrolled in NASP in Pa.

School officials or sportsmen’s club officers who are interested in learning more about NASP and the start-up grants that are available may contact Pedder at (717) 787-4250, or by email at sapedder@pa.gov. Additional information is also available at www.archeryintheschools.org at there’s a great YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/Wvhvfc8wSBI

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