Landon Fellhoelter of Ness City, Kansas takes a shot at Camp Thunder. (Photo by Philip Schreier)
Philip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, brings us another report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:
NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 2
By: Philip Schreier
(Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia) - Of the 46,000 scouts here at Fort A.P. Hill for the National Jamboree, only 700 a day will get the chance to participate in one of the newest and most popular venues to ever make an appearance at a Jamboree. More popular than rappelling or SCUBA diving, Camp Thunder is an action shooting venue where scouts get to experience a modified 5 stand sporting clays event with 12 gauge shotguns.
Camp Thunder is laid out to accommodate 50 scouts at a time, each taking his place in groups of 5 at one of the ten 5 stand positions. Scouts first go through a 20 minute safety training class conducted by one of the 52 staff members, all of whom are either NRA Training Counselors, Certified Instructors or Range Safety Officers. Then they proceed to the firing line after picking up safety glasses, hearing protection and a Beretta A3901 12ga shotgun. The 28" barreled Beretta was specially made for the Jamboree with a stunning engraving of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboree logo on the left side of the frame.
With shotgun in hand they step up to one of the shooting positions and wait until the coach hands them 2 rounds to insert into the gun. Each scout gets to shoot 10 rounds, 5 groups of 2 rounds each at clay pigeons flying away and incoming. Some are singles, simo-doubles and doubles on report. The scouts are using Federal Premium ammo, 2 3/4" shells with 1oz #8 shot. As a special souvenir, all of the Federal ammo also bears the Jamboree logo.