By Lars Dalseide | August 3 2010 09:00
Action Centers at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill on NRAblog

Philip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, continues his reports from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 4
By: Philip Schreier

Action is the word of the day at the Scout Jamboree and the Action Centers is where it is at. The 76,000 acre Ft. A. P. Hill, which is host to the National Jamboree for the 8th time since 1981, has four separate Action Centers scattered around the reservation. Each Action Center has a Trap Shooting venue and when we visited, Action Center C was being run by Art Schneyer of Durango, Colorado.

An NRA Life member and NRA Training Counselor, Art is just one of 27 staff members, all NRA Certified, who assist up to 400 Scouts a day in learning proper firearms safety and shotgun handling before they try their hands at shooting brand new commemorative 20ga. Remington BSA 870 Wingmaster shotguns. Each Scout gets to shoot 5 shells at clay pigeons thrown from an automatic trap thrower. Scouts who volunteer to help load the trap machines qualify to shoot an additional 5 rounds.

Dedicated Scouts who endure the long lines to shoot can actually finish off the most difficult of the requirements for Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge at the Action Centers.

When you multiply all the numbers by 4, the number of Action Centers, you will quickly find out that in the 9 days of the Jamboree, over 14,400 Scouts will fire 75,000 rounds at the Trap Shooting Action Centers staffed by over 100 trained and dedicated NRA Training Counselors and Certified Instructors.

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Be sure the check out Part One, Two, and Three of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

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