Re: Fund raising ideas (run 2)
Kathie Cerveny (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 14 Oct 1992 09:46:24 CDT
This is an interesting one that will probably raise some eyebrows.
I expect that most people reading this will have never heard of my
favorite sport, highpower target rifle, much less have any idea
how it is conducted. One aspect of the game is that bull's-eye
targets are raised from behind a protected earthen/cement berm (wall)
called the "pit" on a device that works like an old style window
sash. When the target is hit, it is pulled back into the pit and
the hole is marked and the value (score) is indicated. In a regular
match the competitors take turns at "pit duty" and "on the line".
While some might find the idea of having rifle bullets flying about
10 feet over their heads unnerveing, it is really safer than most other
sports. The most likely injury in the pit is getting hit on the head
by the target carrier if you decide to bend over to tie your shoe and
your partner pulls the target down. The berm is 10 feet high and
14 feet thick at the thinnest point.
Now having given you this introduction to the pits, I will introduce you
to Bill, the club President. Bill is planing to hold a clinic with
coaches from the NRA and Army Rifle Team in which marksmen would spend
a lot of time "on the line" with the coaches working on technique.
The marksmen would be paying for the clinic and would probably not
want to give up time with the coaches to go do "pit duty". So Bill
is looking for a group who would like "work the pits" as a fund
raiser. The first group he thought about was Boy Scouts.
My response was not entirely positive. "Bill, do you have any earthly
idea just how liability shy the BSA has become in the last few years?
Its almost to the point that you can't go on a canoe trip with out
a helicopter with a Navy rescue diver hovering overhead! I'm sure as
soon as you mention the word 'rifle' they'll skitter away like so
So, what do you think, here is a profitable, honorable fund raiser.
Would it have a "snowball's chance" of being allowed by BSA?
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