Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: My experience with the BSA Shooting Program
Re: My experience with the BSA Shooting Program
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 08:32:05 -0500
Mike, and all,
Although my comments are on a subject thread that is now a few days old, I
wanted you to know how much I have appreciated your comments and insights
into the BSA shooting program.
As a Cub Scout day camp director, I am called on annually to speak to
parents who are very concerned about the BSA policy of allowing Cubs to use
BB guns. Frequently these parents are not overly concerned with the safety
of the program (and I appreciate their trust!) but with some subliminal
message we are directing at their son, all kids in camp, all Cub Scouts in
the United States.
My reply is usually centered around the importance of safety in the program,
how some boys will never have the opportunity to be around guns again, and
how when some boys arrive at the house of a friend whose parents have guns,
they know that guns are not toys.
Your tales have added to my "arsenal" for defending BSA policy.
I do understand their concerns. I was just as concerned when my 13 year old
picked up a BB gun for the first time, at age 7, at day camp.
I also continue to be amused privately at those who are extremely concerned
over the BB gun aspect, yet never blink when we mention archery and sling
shots as part of our camp program. We know, and our kids learn, these too
are weapons and need to be treated as such.
Mountain Rifle Cub Day Camp Director