scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Clarification requested on BB/Archery certification
Judy Polak (jfpolak@NEWWAVE.NET
Mon Jul 17 2000 - 05:37:52 CDT
In Buckskin Council, our council NCS graduate offers classes during the
spring before day camp season. In the fall, he offers range certification
as a class at Pow Wow. Class description in the literature and discussion
in the class drives home the point about shooting sports being only a
"district level" activity. The class at Pow Wow runs through three class
periods (about three hours) and includes setting up ranges with
council-shared equipment so everyone is a good steward to our shared
equipment. (Buckskin Council runs 12 day camps in its six districts).
At my district Cub day camp, we have BSA certified range officers for each
of our six ranges (2 bb ranges, 2 archery ranges, 2 sling shot ranges). We
also have several boy scouts on our day camp staff who ask to assist on the
ranges, who are very good at working with the Cubs, who have had years of
experience at day camp, who are often the children of the range officers.
These boys are 15-16 year olds.
We require them to sit through the range training class, even though they
can not be certified. They know they can not run the ranges by themselves
and are only there to assist the certified range officer. We feel that
because of their youth, asking them to sit through the class every two years
brings home the training points to them.
Mt. Rifle District Day Camp Director
Buckskin Council, Charleston, WV