UGA Extension Office

Project S.A.F.E Teams

What is Project S.A.F.E. ?

Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) is an active program, attractive to youth and adult audiences. The program is curriculum based and designed to assist young people in personal development, establish a personal environmental ethic and explore life-long vocational and avocational activities. The program uses experiential learning and positive interactions with youth and adult role models to help young people develop self-concept, self-assurance and a positive self-image.

The program promotes responsibility, decision-making and identifying realistic, personal goals. Participants may elect to compete at a level appropriate for their abilities or pursue other objectives. Participants have shown high achievement in the field, shop or classroom and on target range, but personal development for young people and leaders is the real objective. The program strives to make "every kid a winner," and to "make the best better."

Like other 4-H projects, S.A.F.E. has a subject matter base. It has strong links to natural resources, wildlife, outdoor recreation and safety. The content is drawn from sports medicine, psychology, education, biological and physical sciences engineering, mathematics, technology, as well as American traditions, folklore and history.

Jackson County Offers the following S.A.F.E. Shooting Teams:

  • Archery
  • 5 Meter BB
  • Shotgun
  • 22 Rimfire 

Project S.A.F.E Archery Team

SAFE Archery Coaches:

Lead Coaches: Ronnie Whaley, Bryan Barnett, Mark Gipson

Travis Beason, Stephen Fowler, Melissa Fowler, and Ty Beason

Youth Grades: 4th - 12th 

Archery team begins in late September

Dues: $85/Archer

Archers must have their own equipment 

Open House: September 12th, 2022 6:30 PM

167 Wages Bridges Rd. Nicholson, Ga

State Indoor Archery Match 2022

For more information on the 4-H Project S.A.F.E Archery Team please contact the 4-H office (706) 367-6344.

Project S.A.F.E. Shotgun Team

Coaches: Cecil "CJ" Sykes, Wayne Dills

Volunteer Leader: Arleen Byrum  

Youth Grades: 9th - 12th 

Cost: $100  

The shotgun season begins in January

The shooter must possess a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun and ear/eye protection. The shooter must also purchase rounds for each practice/tournament and targets when necessary.


Project S.A.F.E. BB Team 

Coaches: Wayne Dills, Ron Slizewski,  and Alreen Byrum

Youth Grades: 4th - 9th 

BB 101 (Introduction to BB) is from October - December. 

Cost: $35

Competition BB Team begins January - May 

Cost: $40

BB 101 youth can join the competition upon completion of BB 101. 

No equipment is necessary.

Project S.A.F.E. 22 Rimfire

Coaches: Wayne Dills, Ron Slizewski, and Tim Knight

Youth Grades: 9th - 12th

Competition BB Team members advance to the SAFE 22 Rimfire team. 

You must own your own 22 Rifle and provide ammo for the season. 

The season begins in January. Call our office to speak to a 4-H Staff member for registration. 


22 team