Re: Target Riflerry as fund raiser
Danny Schwendener (macman@BERNINA.ETHZ.CH)
Wed, 14 Oct 1992 17:03:39 MET
> So, what do you think, here is a profitable, honorable fund raiser.
> Would it have a "snowball's chance" of being allowed by BSA?
High power target riflery is a mandatory activity for every swiss
adult male until age 45, and I've shot, oh well, enough times to be
able to talk about the proposal.
In my opinion, there are two issues there. The first one is ethical.
If you set this plan to reality, you will find more than one parent
opposed to the project, because they don't want to involve their kids
with 'lethal weapons' (e.g. material originally built to kill). It will
depend on your rethorical skills that the general opinion among parents
won't shift to the opposition or (worse) to a split. FYI, our town
(Zurich, Switzerland) organizes a yearly HPTR tournament for boys
and girls aged 13 through 16. Average attendance is 1400 competitors.
This has worked for a century now without any problems.
The second issue is safety, but this will be easier to cope with. There
are a few simple rules you should add to your standard safety rule set
when working with youngsters:
- only work with older kids (14 and up). Do not allow smaller scouts on
the area, especially in the pit. This will avoid the situation that
a kid wants to leave the pit a minute before open fire because he's
left his chewing gum in the car.
- Have at least one trained supervisor for four marksmen/targets - no
matter how you train the scouts before, the questions will flow when
the activity begins. _Don't_ give these supervisors a target to work
on. These people will be responsible to handle questions regarding
marking, to help out if one of the target jams, and to make sure that
all safety rules are respected.
- If the scouts get access to the stand (they will at least on three
occasions - before the competition starts, during lunch break and
at the end), tell them imperatively not to touch any weapon without
the supervision of an instructor.
Hope this helps.
-- Danny Schwendener email@example.com
Wolfsmeute Nidau/Glockenhof, Sihlstr. 33, CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland
m.h.c. Troop 14, San Francisco
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