Columbia county started participating in the 4-H Project S.A.F.E. program in 2002 with 10 young men forming a shotgun club that promoted their love of the outdoors and shooting. The shotgun club has grown to 118 young men and women in 2013 that share the same interests and passion of the founding 10. The program promotes responsibility, decision-making and identifying realistic personal goals. Participants have shown high achievement in the field, shop or classroom and on the target range, but personal development for young people and leaders is the real objective. The program strives to make "every kid a winner", and to "make the best better".
Each year, Columbia County is well represented in district and state level competitions where the 7 man/women teams and individuals consistently place at or near the top of both the junior (7th & 8th grade) and senior (9th - 12th grade) divisions. In 2008, one of the senior Columbia County teams won 1st place at the state event.
Columbia County's shotgun club is comprised of youths from 7 high schools and 8 middle schools as well as schools in neighboring counties that do not have a Project S.A.F.E. shotgun club. Each year the the club continues to grow both in participant numbers and accomplishments in the community.
Our financial support comes from local fund raisers as well as national, state, and local donations and sponsorships.