I was thinking along these exact same lines. Find the local groups that are teaching hunting, gun safety, competition to youngsters and maybe ask if you can attend some of their events, just as an observer or helper. Figure out which are being done right and put your money there. Another group that I believe works a lot with young people is Project Appleseed. That outfit teaches not only rifle marksmanship, but does it with a big dose of American history.Joining a second amendment organization is almost a must.
But to get the most bang for your buck support some sort of organization that is pro-gun and serves young people. It don’t necessarily have to be a second ammendment organization. For example, Kermit, has a bunch of kids that he takes turkey hunting, they love and i’ll bet he’s got them hooked for life. 4-H has a shooting program, rimfire and trap and skeet. Here in Minnesota we have a state sactioned Co-Ed high school trap league. It growing by leaps and bounds. It was organized 9 years ago and the state tournament hosted 11000 shooters registered shooters this year and it took 9 days to run the tournament and according to the Guinness book of records it’s the largest trap shoot in the world. All the conservation organizations have programs for young people. Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants & Quail Forever, Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, White Tails Unlimited and the List goes on. You also have state conservation groups that do a great job of involving the young people in the outdoors.
The RKBA movement is very important to all shooters and gun owners. But in those organizations you are one voice and when we pass we are gone and there is no voice. When you recruit and support the young people you likely wil be leaving many voices behind you when your gone.
I have found that these young people that we recruited into the shooting sports, a good percentage of them exhibit a passion and a deep commitment to the sport and pro RKBA. I’m seeing one hell’uva bang for my buck.