Shooting The Clay

Shooting ClubLYNDONVILLE - Lyndon Institute offers a large variety of different athletic teams and activities for it’s students. But none are more unique than the shooting club. LI’s shooting club coach Daniel Camber said, “I believe we are the first high school in the state of Vermont to actually have a shooting club.”  The club began in 2015 and continues to grow.


Now in it’s third year, there are about 22 students who regularly attend the almost weekly shooting sessions that the club participates in. The group shoots at the Northeast Kingdom Skeet and Sporting Clays Club in Burke. All it takes to join is paying a twenty dollar insurance fee, which goes towards ammunition and other gear. Equipment, such as the firearms and safety gear, are provided. Students just need to show up and have a blast; literally and figuratively.


Club members can’t jump the gun however. Before actually pulling the trigger, they must participate in extensive safety training. Seth Cornell, a member of the LI shooting club said, “Safety is a huge key thing for us. We don’t want anybody getting hurt, we make that very clear. We have about a two week process where we go through all the guns and we have all the safety features.”


Not only is the club an opportunity to learn safety tactics and the ins and outs of a firearm, but it allows the students to get acquainted with each other as well. Cornell said, “It’s a good group of kids. You get to know a lot of different people from a lot of different places. We have a lot of international kids that have never touched a gun before.” Camber is also encouraged by the diversity and varying levels of experience within the group, “We have students from all over the world. We’ve had some that have never even seen a gun or never even seen ammunition.” And the club roots for each others success as well. “It’s a good feeling to see those kids that have never shot or have never done something like this, hit a target for the first time and see their face light up. That’s a good feeling” said Cornell.


The club also provides an outlet for someone like Cornell, who has been shooting for about six years now, to continue growing and enjoying the sport of shooting. “The love of the sport. That is probably most important, beyond safety, is being able to love what you’re doing, when you’re doing it.” Camber added, “It’s enjoyable to be able to shoot, and like I said, practice like this and progressively get better. It’s just like playing golf, some days you get worse, some days you get better. You just keep working forward and see how far you can go.” Cornell admits that it is this practice that has gotten him to the point he is at, “It took a lot of rounds up at the club. It took a lot of rounds practicing. It took a lot of rounds competing. It took a lot of failure, but you can’t have success without having those times that you fail.”


Aside from the experience that they get from shooting, students like Cornell, enjoy having Coach Camber to encourage them. “I’ve had a lot of support from our coaches, like Mr. Camber and our previous coach Chris Raymond, that really push us and gave us a lot of guidance to help us reach our higher levels.” Camber wants anyone that has a desire to give the sport a shot to come out and try. “It’s not strength based, it’s not anything based. It doesn’t matter if you have handicaps or not. You can do this sport. It’s a sport for everyone”, said Camber.

The club is holding a benefit raffle to raise money to help pay for the ammunition and other equipment that they need. Camber even hopes to open up an endowment to send students to compete in competitions if enough money can be raised.

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