By Danielle Sturgis | July 20 2010 06:00
Rifle Range at ScoutQuest 100

The following article comes from Kevin Cummins of St. Louis, MO, an NRA Training Counselor for the St. Louis Council for Boy Scouts of America:

More than 20,000 Scouts took part in ScoutQuest 100, the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in St. Louis’ Forest Park 4-6 June, 2010. Scouts took part in 100 activities throughout the 1293 acre Forest Park. While scaling a 35 foot climbing wall, ice block sledding, canoeing, and riding Segways were popular. A major highlight of the event was the rifle range which hosted 10,750 shooters during the Camporee.

Each Scout entered the area and was greeted by an NRA Certified Instructor and given a briefing covering basic firearm safety and the knowledge, skills and attitude of the fundamentals necessary for eye dominance, breath control, stance and sight picture to enable the Scouts to be successful at shooting their targets.

The firing line consisted of 50 NRA Certified Instructors with 50 Crosman 760 rifles. Bob Soldivera of Crosman Corporation assisted in getting the rifles and the ammunition for the event. Each Scout was issued one magazine for the Crosman 760 rifle and sent to the firing line to meet an instructor waiting to coach each Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer or Explorer. Many of the Scouts shooting that day were first time shooters. To keep the lines from becoming too long, each Scout was limited to one magazine which held five pellets, however after the Scout completed his shots he was welcome to return and shoot additional times.

After completing their shooting, each participant was presented a Junior Shooting Team emblem provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Dianne Vrablic. Mark Belli and Amanda Millward from the NRA graciously supported the event by donating NRA Day shirts for the shooters and hats for the staff.

Forest Park is a large 1293-acre urban park (New York’s Central Park is 843 acres) and was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair – the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. 82 NRA Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers donated their time and talent to not only produce a great NRA Day program for the Scouts on Saturday, but building the range all day Friday. The Forest Park rifle range was not large enough to accommodate a 50 gun firing line, so a complete range had to be built Friday to make ready for the influx of the many Scouts attending this Centennial Celebration of the BSA.

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