NRA's Editor in Chief of American Rifleman Magazine, Mark Keefe, instructs a class of scouts in the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge at the Merit Badge Midway on the opening day of the Jamboree. Mark is an Eagle Scout and past Shooting Sports Director at Goshen Scout Camps of The National Capital Area Council. (Photo by Philip Schreier)
Philip Schreier, Senior Curator ffom the NRA National Firearms Museum, brings us the following report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:
NRA Rocks BSA National Jamboree
By: Philip Schreier
(Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia) - Over 46,000 Boy Scouts, Leaders and Staff have descended upon Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia for the next 10 days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. In this, their 17th National Jamboree, Ft. A. P. Hill is now the 14th largest community in the state of Virginia and the NRA has a powerful presence there, as they have ever since Marksmanship was adopted as a merit badge back in 1911.
NRA HQ staff, training counselors, certified instructors and range safety officers have volunteered to help the BSA run and manage the many shooting sports related activity areas. Scouts can complete most requirements for the Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badges as well as shoot air rifles, shotguns on the trap range, and targets in the "OK Corral" set up in the Venturing Program Area. New to the Jamboree this year is Camp Thunder, an activity area where scouts get to experience the thrill of shooting 20ga shotguns in a modified 5 Stand Sporting Clays event.
Between now and August 4th, we will bring you news of all of these activities and more as the Jamboree progresses.