Re: bb gun range
Kim Jarvis (kimmyj@FLASH.NET)
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 21:19:14 -0500
At 10:29 AM 8/26/96 -0500, you wrote:
>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,
Congratulations Kim for holding your ground! You are in charge of the
range. Not the director sitting up in the front of camp. BBs and archery
safety issues that other sports (ie..volleyball, softball, etc.) do not. Until
you try to teach it to ONE boy, let alone 8-20 boys, you can never
appreciate how difficult it is to watch ALL of them. You cannot run a safe
range and teach
all of the kids yourself. Taking turns does not hurt the kids.
>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 ablities. Running 20 guns
with some boys who have never held a bb gun before with only one certified
adult was not okay with me,
Sounds like the director had a case of butthead-itis!
I did not appreciate the director's
>attitude of making it "my" problem, but if it is, I'll find "my" solution.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City