Young shooters invited to the 2012 National Junior Pistol Camp

Some of America's top shooters will be in the news as they compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Junior shooters with their own Olympic dreams should sign up early for NRA's annual Junior Pistol Camp, to be held July 10-14 2012, at Camp Perry, Ohio in conjunction with NRA’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships.

This camp is without doubt one of the single most effective training sessions in competitive pistol shooting a Junior can find.

Camp students will receive expert coaching in the fundamental principles and techniques of conventional and international pistol shooting. "This is a great opportunity for any youngster who wants to improve his or her pistol skills and advance to national or international levels," said Head Coach Richard Pearson. "All instruction and coaching will be conducted by outstanding NRA Certified Coaches."

The camp is primarily designed for intermediate and advanced shooters, but beginners will be accepted on a space-available basis. Shooters need to be at least 12 years old. Students who have not reached their 18th Birthday by July 1, 2012, must be accompanied to Camp Perry by an adult sponsor (age 21 or older). An adult may not sponsor more than three junior students. Enrollment will be limited to 50 students.

The pistol camp activities will not conflict with the .22 cal. stage of the Pistol Championships, and students enrolled at the pistol camp will be able to also participate in the .22 cal. matches. Entry fees for the National Championships are not included in the camp registration fees.


Registration forms and fees for the camp will be accepted at NRA Headquarters on a first-come, first-served basis. For all mailed entries, the earliest postmarks will be used to determine order of acceptance. Registration fees cover all administrative costs and training materials. (The registration fees do not cover other costs such as travel and room and board.)

  • Travel Expense Reimbursement: First-time campers are eligible for tuition and travel reimbursements up to $500.00 per individual, up to a total of $5000.00 for the entire camp. You must provide receipts and or vehicle mileage. The Ohio Gun Collectors Association generously provides this support.
  • Advance Registration: The fee for advance registration is $200.00 per student, and must be received by the NRA not later than June 15, 2012.
  • Standard Registration: The fee for standard registration is $225.00 per student. This fee will be charged for students whose registration materials are received after June 15, 2012 (postmarks will determine acceptance of all mailed materials), or for students who register directly at Camp Perry.
  • In the case of cancellation, refunds will be issued less a 20% administrative fee.

Click here to download registration forms and additional information. Address questions to National Rifle Association - Training Department, Education and Training Division, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 - (703) 267-1411.

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