Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: My experience with the BSA Shooting Program
Re: My experience with the BSA Shooting Program
Chapman, J. Kevin
Mon, 8 Feb 1999 11:12:09 -0500
I have followed this thread with interest. I am a Certified Rifle
and Shotgun Instructor and have had many of the experiences that you have
had. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation. Where folks should
start is with the Guidelines to Safe Scouting. It had most of the
information that folks usually need. It is clear on most of the policies.
Introducing shooting to Scouts of all ages can be a fun , rewarding
and safe experience for the boys. It was the way I was introduced to the
What you need is help and I would suggest do not hesitate to call
the NRA Training division for Instructors in your area. Most would be happy
to help you. IF you decide to do this make sure you get them registered in
the Boy Scouts and that you give them an introduction to Scouting and Youth
I am in the midst of revitalizing our shooting program in our
Council and we just finished with graduating 11 more NRA Rifle Instructors
at our Scout Camp. We plan on BB shooting clinics, Rifle Shooting merit
Badge clinics, and eventually with the help of the Illinois Rifle
Association forming some older Scout Rifle teams if there is interest..
That number for the NRA Educational division is 703-267-1000. There
is also an 800 number but I did not have it at my office. If I can be of any
other help, contact me off this list.
J. Kevin Chapman
NRA Certified Rifle and Shotgun Instructor
Eagle '67 used to be a Bobwhite and a good ol'staffer too
Kchapma@iccnet.com <mailto:Kchapma@iccnet.com> or
From: Judy Polak [SMTP:jfpolak@NEWWAVE.NET]
Sent: Friday, February 05, 1999 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: My experience with the BSA Shooting Program
Mike, and all,
Although my comments are on a subject thread that is now a few days
wanted you to know how much I have appreciated your comments and
into the BSA shooting program.
As a Cub Scout day camp director, I am called on annually to speak
parents who are very concerned about the BSA policy of allowing Cubs
BB guns. Frequently these parents are not overly concerned with the
of the program (and I appreciate their trust!) but with some
message we are directing at their son, all kids in camp, all Cub
the United States.
My reply is usually centered around the importance of safety in the
how some boys will never have the opportunity to be around guns
how when some boys arrive at the house of a friend whose parents
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
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
over the BB gun aspect, yet never blink when we mention archery and
shots as part of our camp program. We know, and our kids learn,
are weapons and need to be treated as such.
Mountain Rifle Cub Day Camp Director