Youth excel at clay shoot

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Natchitoches 4-H Shooting Sport Team members competed in the recent Norwela Council’s 24th Annual Clay Shoot at the Shreveport Gun Club. At far left is Nicole Connell, District Executive of the Netami District. The District serves Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Desoto parishes. Team members, left to right, are Teegan McKnight, Gabe McKnight, Coach Lance Fontenot, Asa Nash, Chance Fontenot and Gunner Nash.

The BSA Norwela Council hosted its 24th Annual Clay Shoot at the Shreveport Gun Club. The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Norwela Council, which provides Scouting programs to Natchitoches, Sabine, Desoto, Red River, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne and Bienville parishes.

This article published in the Sept. 2, 2021, print edition

This year’s event brought nearly 20 five-man teams to one of the Gun Club’s most sought-after events. For the first time, the Natchitoches 4-H Shooting Sports team competed and excelled. Not only were they the lone youth team, one of their team members was recognized as the top youth shot. Youth members of teams were ranked individually and Natchitoches 4-H member Chance Fontenot earned the top spot.

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Not only did Fontenot earn top shot honors, but the team also placed in the Top 5. 4-H and BSA are two of the only four nationally recognized character education programs and both have created community leaders in Natchitoches for nearly 100 years.

4-H Agent Pam Pearce, BSA District Executive Nicole Connell, along with team event sponsor Jimmy Talmadge’s Sunstream Electric, worked collectively to bring members of the two nationally recognized youth organizations together with a common goal, promoting the leaders of tomorrow.

What organizers hope is the start to collective endeavors between the two organizations, showcased the talents of all youth involved. The annual event serves as one of the largest fundraisers for the Norwela Council, which in turn provides Scouting to any student in the nine-parish coverage area. One of the benefactors of the Council’s fundraising efforts is Natchitoches Troop 60.

Troop 60 is currently recruiting new members, boys and girls, in grades six-12 are eligible. Troops participate in outdoor activities, learn life saving skills and work toward learning the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts learn not only how to care for themselves, but also others and the environment. Anyone wishing to join Troop 60 or gather more information on Cub Scout and Troops in the Natchitoches and surrounding areas can visit Norwela.org or call 318-868-2774.