By Lars Dalseide | August 5 2010 06:19

Boy Scouts participate in the Jamboree Bikathlon at Ft. A.P. Hill on NRAblogPhilip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, continues reporting from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 5
By: Philip Schreier

Scouts love to race mountain bikes almost as much as they love to shoot air rifles, so a natural combination of the two is a recipe for success at the National Scout Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill. The Jamboree Bikathlon is a two-wheeled version of the challenging Olympic winter sport, the Biathlon. Here's how it works;

Scouts take to a specially geared 20" BMX mountain bike and race over rugged terrain until they arrive at one of two shooting stations. There they dismount from the bike and meet an NRA certified instructor coach who scores their efforts as they fire five shots at the falling plate targets. They then get back on the bike and ride on to the next shooting station before they ultimately proceed to the finish line.

Most Scouts were averaging four to five minutes on their runs but the best time of the day came from one Scout who shot a perfect 10 and crossed the finish line in just under two minutes. Action Center C reported that nearly 800 Scouts a day rode and shot on the course, making for an estimated 28,000 Scouts who tried the event at the four Action Centers over the nine day Jamboree.

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Be sure the check out part One, Two, Three, and Four 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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