Since 2008, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has hosted a National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador program with the sole purpose of promoting shooting sports among our younger generations. Beginning in 2009, the NRA formed partnerships with other cooperative organizations to provide ambassadors to represent both the NRA and their parent organizations on a national level. Those organizations included Royal Rangers, USA Shooting, National High School Rodeo Association, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), BSA Venturing, and United States Marine Core JROTC. Through 2018, the NRA and its partner organizations worked diligently in the shooting sports industry. As of 2019, the NRA updated its requirements to open participation in the program to be more encompassing of other youth programs and organizations. With this, applicants are now directly accepted through the NRA versus through the partner organization.
As a result of those changes, Royal Rangers no longer had an official part in the NRA’s updated program; therefore, the NSSP was inspired to use the opportunity to launch its own ambassador program. It is our prayer that God would use it to further the mission of Royal Rangers to mentor the next generation of Christlike men and to aid in inspiring Christlike sportsmen.
The primary purpose for this program is to serve as a launching pad for the young men selected, to be given opportunities to develop further valuable life skills, to create relationships that could lead to possible career opportunities, to promote the National Shooting Sports Program of Royal Rangers, and most importantly to create opportunities for ministry to all with whom they interact.
Each year the selected NSSP Ambassador will be a national representative for the NSSP and Royal Rangers. He will promote shooting sports and advance the NSSP within and outside of Royal Rangers. He will also share how shooting sports can be an amazing and valuable tool to create relationships and connections for ministry and spreading the gospel.
He will be able to exercise and further develop communication skills through significant amounts of public speaking whether through interviews, devotions/sermons, product reviews, and writing various articles. He’ll learn and use networking skills to create and grow business relationships with company representatives for the NSSP. This could open doors for employment opportunities. He will have the opportunity to travel and participate in various shooting sports related events and competitions.
The NSSP Ambassador will be awarded various perks, including but not limited to the following:
A candidate must be an Expedition Ranger under 18 years of age at the time of application. The NSSP Ambassador will serve one schoolyear term from September 1st of the current year through August 31st of the following year. The NSSP Ambassador position requires candidates to be selected by the NSSP ambassador committee and approved by the NSSP national coordinator and the Royal Rangers national director. In each case, he must be active in NSSP related events, activities, Royal Rangers advancement programs and attend a chartered Royal Rangers outpost. He must also have the approval of his outpost coordinator and pastor to apply to be the 2023 NSSP Ambassador.
If the candidate turns 18 years of old during his tenure, he will be required to submit a background check with his local church and be signed off by his pastor before working with boys since he will be an adult legally.
Candidates for NSSP National Ambassador must submit the required application, a 500- to 800-word essay, and three (3) personal recommendation letters.
To apply to be the 2023 NSSP Ambassador, the candidate is expected to meet the following requirements:
NSSP AMBASSADOR DUTIES
The NSSP Ambassador is elected to act as a representative for the NSSP and Royal Rangers and to provide leadership to other boys participating in shooting sports or Royal Rangers activities. He is to be a spokesperson for his peers to adult leadership and should be able to provide coaching for other boys participating in shooting sports activities. He will attend national events as required with travel being funded by the NSSP.
Ambassador duties and responsibilities:
CONTACT & SUBMISSION
The application can be found on the NSSP website at www.rrnssp.org. If you have any questions, contact the NSSP ambassador program facilitator, Kevin Gell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have filled out the application, send it and all supporting documents to: email@example.com.
July 31, 2023
You should retain a copy of the application and validation attachments for your own records.