Scouts from St. Louis Troop 630 taking rifle practice at S-F Scout Ranch
Kevin Cummins, an NRA Certified Training Counselor, sent us the following on Boy Scout Troop 630's Rifle Shoot Campout:
St. Louis, Missouri - Scouts from Troop 630 of the St. Louis area Boy Scout council took part in their annual rifle shoot and tipi campout at the S-F (pronounced “S bar F”) Scout Ranch near Knob Lick, Missouri. The 5,200 acre property has three Scout Camps, one high adventure base, a water park, numerous hiking trails, several shooting ranges, cabins, tree houses, Adirondacks and fishing galore on the 270 acre Nims Lake.
Troop 630 annually has their rifle shoot and the Scouts sleep in a tipi overlooking the lake which they erect themselves. The young men shot .22 caliber bolt-action rifles under the supervision of NRA Training Counselor Kevin Cummins and Chief Range Safety Officer Randy Kinman. While most of the shooting was for fun, some Scouts were shooting for their Rifle Merit Badge.
Sunny 70°F weather made for a great day at the range. This outdoor shooting event followed several [indoor] troop meetings where the Scouts learned about safe gun handling and the first steps of rifle shooting. Now they'll need to tighten up some groups on their targets to complete their rifle shooting merit badge, but they're well on their way.
Troop 630, founded in 1982 is chartered to the Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, in Manchester, Missouri.
Thanks for the update Kevin! To see more of Troop 630's time on the range, check out the photos below: