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Shooting Sports in Scouting’s Program

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Personally,  I love that Scouting provides a quality learning experience in handling firearms.  I learned everything I know about rifles and shotguns from Scouts, and my sons did as well.  The programs we run at the camps in our Council are top-notch and have been for years.

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On 1/20/2019 at 12:18 PM, Summitdog said:

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the councils are very active in giving scouts the opportunity to work towards their shooting sports badge(s).  As a certified CA Hunter Safety Instructor, a BSA Merit Badge Counselor for rifle, shotgun and pistol (Venture), I have been developing a two day Hunter Safety Course for scouts that will allow them to be signed off on the Rifle Merit Badge and receive partial for Fish and Wildlife Management.  My local council was initially not very receptive to the idea but there may be some appreciation for it developing. 

This sounds like an OUTSTANDING idea!

Hunting is very popular here in Texas and a state Hunter Safety certification is required before you can get a hunting license. I'm very supportive of teaching kids both safety around firearms and the importance of conservation (and an awareness of how hunting can help in wildlife management). I've often thought that in many parts of the country, letting youth experience hunting in a safe and responsible manner would be a great way to keep older scouts active and involved...yet, unfortunately, hunting isn't a permitted scouting activity. But I see no reason why anyone should object to a course like you're proposing.  Hope it's a success!

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Here in the Murlin, DC area, it has been noted by many wildlife experts that we probably have more White Tail Deer per acre now than in colonial times.  The environment has changed that much,  folks in the suburban areas like the look of the deer.   Humans have become the apex predator for the White Tail, so safe hunting is important.  The Parks people schedule "cull hunts" periodically, which have gotten very popular (among humans, maybe not among the Deer). . 

In a similar vein, I have observed Deer stop on the edge of the highway and look before crossing the road !    There  is a definite evolutionary thing going on....  Then too, I have hit deer that didn't..... so much for THAT genetic line..... 

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8 minutes ago, SSScout said:

In a similar vein, I have observed Deer stop on the edge of the highway and look before crossing the road !    There  is a definite evolutionary thing going on....  

Here is a Maryland deer...

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Quincy Junior High School (in Illinois) has a rifle range in the basement, and a school sponsored competition rifle team. 

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I am completely in favor of scouts learning to handle firearms because it teaches responsibility. Most will step up to the added responsibility that a firearm represents. My experience is that younger scouts are safer after time on the rifle range. It can also teach them concentration and focus.

Unfortunately while the BSA has started promoting the idea of shooting teams inside the BSA program (great idea), they have the typical blinders on when it comes to their rules for implementation. In short, while I love the idea I would skip the BSA if starting a shooting team in favor of Civilian Marksmanship Program. 

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