Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman's Club beleives that in educating our youth about firearms we ensure the future of not only shooting sports, but our second amendment rights. That's why we promote youth shooting sports whenever we can, including being the Charter Organization for Venturing Crew 270, a general activities youth organization with a love of shooting sports, being a supporter of the Frederick County 4-H Shooting Sports Club and the Sponsor of the Thurmont Top Shots.

In addition to that, each year TCSC hosts the BSA Cub Scout Day Camp in order for them to participate in BB gun shooting, archery and slingshots, among many other activities, Scouts, BSA Camp Airy Shooting Sports program and every 5 years, TCSC hosts the FSK District Shooting Sports Camporee for Scouts, BSA.

Every other year (even years) TCSC host the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Junior Hunting Field Day. These day-long events are FREE and open to young people, ages 8 to 16. Under the guidance of wildlife professionals, Junior Hunter Field Days provide safe, enjoyable, and hands-on opportunities for young people to learn about hunting, trapping and its important role in Maryland’s wildlife conservation. All equipment is provided. A free lunch is also offered to attendees (youth & parents), so preregistration is required. Click here to learn more about Junior Hunting Field Days. (Takes you to the DNR Website)

TCSC also schedules regular NRA firearm safety couraes throughout the year. These courses are appropriate for youth and adults to learn about various types of firearms, including pistols/revolvers, shotguns and rifles.  Click the Education Tab above to learn more.

Other shooting sports available to youth at TCSC include, but are not limited to the following;

Youth Trap League
Click above for more info

CMP Rimfire
Age 8 or older, recommend NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course or CMP Rimfire Clinic before competition shooting.

Gallery Pistol
Ages 13 or older, NRA Basic Pistol Shooting class or documented previous pistol competition experience required.

Buckaroo/Buckarette (10-13)
Young Guns (14-16)


Please Note: The Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman's Club policies state that a parent or guardian must be present on the firing ranges anytime youth are using them. For any type of regulated firearm (rifle or pistol) youth is classified as under the age of 21, for all other non-regulated firearms that age is 17 or under. With exception to Boy Scouts of America (BSA) programs, including Scouts BSA or Venturing, in which case a parent need not be present, however, NRA certified instructors and Range Safety Officers must be present and active on the range with the youth at all times as mandated in the BSA Shooting Sports Manual, #30931