By Kerrin Brinkman | April 10 2012 14:43

The Boy Scouts of America are one of NRA's most active Youth Cooperative Organizations, who utilize NRA firearms training for their shooting sports programs. Troop 270 from new Hampshire is no exception. Thank you to Scoutmaster Mike Michaels for sending the following report and photos from Troop 270's day of rifle shooting.

Tenderfoot Scout Nathan Cormier
Tenderfoot Scout Nathan Cormier admires one of his targets. Photo by Carol Lane
Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Boy Scout Troop 270 of Pembroke, New Hampshire brought out 18 Boy Scouts and 10 adults for a great day of rifle training and shooting fun. Weather was no concern as the boys were donated indoor range time and target rifle usage from Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. of Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Pioneer is a private club for pistol, rifle and archery with a beautiful and well equipped indoor range.

New shooters just starting the Rifle Merit Badge went through the NRA FIRST Steps rifle course with Instructor Scott Lane. Experienced boys proceeded directly to the range to complete their groups. One of the toughest parts of earning the Merit Badge is shooting five, 5-shot groups at 50 feet that can be covered by a quarter. Many of the participants were able to complete the requirements. All the boys had a great time with over 1600 rounds fired.

The troop shoot was organized by Scoutmaster Mike Michaels who has been a firearms enthusiast since the first day he shot a .22 rifle as a young Boy Scout. Michaels is noticing that there are not enough kids involved in the shooting sports but yet all of the scouts he meets are very interested in shooting.

“We are providing the opportunity for youth to get proper training. We want to guide their firearms interest in the right direction and see them pursue other safe shooting activities”, Michaels said.

Instructor Mark Dumas noted, “We are not just helping the boys, many adults attended the class and we made sure they got to shoot as well”. Parent Aaron Smart wrote, “Thank you for all your work with the boys, I also had a really great time!”

Second Class Scout Noah Miller takes a break on the rifle range.
Second Class Scout Noah Miller takes a break on the rifle range.

The Boy Scouts of America have very strict rules for shooting sports. Emphasis is on safety and well qualified instructors. Troop 270 is lucky to have three certified NRA Rifle Instructors and Range Safety Officers. They will work with other troops as well. Mr. Michaels is currently organizing a Venture Crew for high school aged youth that want to participate in pistol shooting competitions.

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