bb gun range
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 10:29:40 -0500
First off.... thanks to everyone who responded to my awards on Boy Scout
uniform and do you have two separate ceremonies for AOL and Crossover. Even
though I have just de-lurked a few months ago, I don't know where else I could
get such great support.
Now on to the BB gun issue. Last year at Cub Day Camp, I was asked more or
less at the last minute to run their BB range. Being a brand new card
holder (I was certified in April), and knowing there is quite a shortage
in my area (which is why i signed up) I agreed.
On arriving at the Day Camp, I asked how big a range I needed to set-up for
(expecting in to be 8-10 as in previous years). I was told to set up for
15 to 20 guns. After staring to see if the director was kidding, I informed
him that I could reasonably and *SAFELY* run 8-10. He tried to lay a guilt
trip on me stating that I needed to allow for the biggest den so that no
boy would be waiting and I would have Boy Scouts assigned to help me.
I held my ground and said that unless the Boy Scouts were 16 and certified,
I would not run a 20 gun range. I then called one of my friends who went
thru training with me and he came out and helped.
If I had not been able to get Paul, I would not have run the 20 gun range.
It was not an insult to the boys who helped me. They were great and gave
the safety instructions after I had done it for several groups. They were
a big help, and helped the younger boys alot. The two boys assigned were
approx 15 years old and had earned their rifle merit badge.
What would you have done in my place? Since I'm the one running the range I
feel that I owe it to the boys (and to the Scout program) to do it to the best
of by abilities. Running 20 guns with some boys who have never held a bb
gun before with only one certified adult was not okay with me, even if it
meant the boys would have to take turns. I did not appreciate the director's
attitude of making it "my" problem, but if it is, I'll find "my" solution.
webelos den leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City