By Lars Dalseide | November 2 2012 10:39

Local Cub and Boy Scouts coming to National Firearms Museum

Tiger Scout during one of NRA's Night at the Museum events Fairfax, Virginia - Dozens and dozens of groups request (and receive) a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum every year. Historical societies, members of the military as well as a number of youth groups take advantage of the historical road map put together by our well versed curators. There will be a couple more enjoying that advantage this weekend.

"We've got two groups of Scouts coming this Saturday," said Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. "Tiger and Boy Scouts."

For those of you who've been out of the Scouting scene for as long as I have, Tiger Scouts are part of the Cub Scout lexicon. Found between the Bobcat and Wolf ranks, the Tiger Cub is a seven year old (or first grader) who has completed five Family, Den and Go See It (for a total of fifteen) activities. I'm guessing that this one will end up in the Go See It category.

"The Tiger Cubs will be here for an afternoon tour," explained Wicklund. "But the Boy Scouts are going for a full 'Night at the Museum' experience."

So what's the difference? Simple.

The afternoon tour consists of a guided expedition through the NRA Museum under the direction of a seasoned curatorial hand. That will be followed by a trip to the range and the always popular petting zoo — an opportunity for the tour group to handle a few of the firearms. That's where the tour ends and the 'Night at the Museum' begins.

Descending into the NRA basement, the Boy Scouts (from Chantilly Troop 7369) will conclude their own after hours tour with some pizza, a movie or two and an overnight stay. If those sleeping bags can handle the great outdoors then they can definitely handle the NRA Auditorium.

"I would have loved the chance at this kind of experience when I was their age," said Wicklund. "Should be a great night."

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