By Lars Dalseide | August 9 2010 11:12

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 6
By: Philip Schreier

This year, on February 8th, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 100th Anniversary. Originally founded in England by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, the American version began in 1910 and less than a year later Marksmanship Merit Badge was added to the ranks of proficiency badges that Scouts could earn. Ever since then, shooting has been an integral part of scouting. At this, the 17th BSA National Jamboree, shooting continues to play an exciting role at 5 different venues of 4 Action Centers.

Air Rifle shooting is as popular with the Scouts as BMX racing, SCUBA and Rappelling. Up to 800 Scouts a day visit each of the 4 Air Rifle pavilions at the 4 Action Centers. They are all given a brief safety class on firearms handling by volunteer NRA Training Counselors, Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers. After they each receive safety glasses they proceed to one of the 40 shooting points and shoot 10 rounds from Crossman 761 air rifles at paper targets set 20' from the firing line.

For many Scouts, including this author, their first time shooting was while wearing a Scout uniform. An event warmly remembered for the rest of their lives and one that is hoped will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment in the shooting sports.


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