The American Legion has many programs to assist veterans, their families and the community. This is often expressed in terms of the “Four Pillars” of the Legion.
Though we donate regularly to the local Boy Scouts of America, we do not sponsor a post troop. American Legion posts across the country sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units . This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country’s youth.
The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program is a gun safety education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements of safety, education, enjoyment and competition. Shooters use the .177 caliber air rifle. Both males and females can participate, through Legion sponsorship; disabled youth are encouraged to join, as competitive shooting is a sport that creates an equal playing field for all competitors.
Junior Shooting Sports is a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards and Air Rifle Competition into a well-rounded activity.