Surf City steps out with Gun Safety Camps for kids

Surf City Parks and Recreation, Surf City North CarolinaSURF CITY, NC July 22, 2014 – Surf City Parks & Recreation is taking aim with two Gun Safety Camps for youths ages 9-14, with activities taking place within 15 hour course based at the Surf City Community Center. The camp dates are July 28 to August 1 and August 11 – 15. The camp beginning July 28 will run from 1 pm – 4 pm and the camp starting August 11 will run from 9 am to 12 Noon.

The camps are being offered in cooperation with community partner Surf City Guns & Ammo, local law enforcement personnel and certified NRA instructors, Rachelle and Jeff Trout.  Specific visits from local law enforcement agencies and Pender County Sheriff’s Department are scheduled as part of the course.

“We are excited to partner with local businesses such as Surf City Guns, to offer this first-time, unique camp and play a role in developing safe practices with firearms,” said Kristie Grubb, Surf City Parks & Recreation Director. “Our hopes are to teach gun safety and responsibility to our area kids in hopes to prevent accidents with guns now and in the future.”

In the classroom participants will review the basic of pistol and rifle safety through a series of hands-on demonstrations and presentations. On the final day of camp each week, those in the camp will go to an outdoor range where they will test their knowledge and safe use of a Ruger 10/22, using a variety of target materials, including zombies and balloons.

Surf City Guns, owned by Ricky and Dorothy Royal, is a proud sponsor of Surf City Parks & Recreation sports programs, including youth soccer and t-ball. Dorothy also writes the “Gun Gal” column for the Topsail Advertiser.

“Gun safety starts at a very young age,” says Dorothy Royal. “Kids are learning from video games and movies and we need to make sure that they learn the right way to keep themselves and others safe.”

Registration is through and the cost is $125 for all materials including ammunition for the range. An additional waiver will need to be signed by parents and/or guardians to allow their children to go to the gun range.  A limit of 12 registrations will be accepted for each camp. For more information call (910) 328-4887 or e-mail