Jun 24, 2009

The Bronze Award for Shooting

Have you earned your Bronze Award for Shooting?

The Boy Scouts of America ( http://USScouts.org ) offer an Arts and Hobbies Awards at different levels for scouts who organize and host events. I extracted theses guidelines from the Boy Scouts of American Venturing Handbook (No. 33493), 1999 printing.

I pose the following question and challenge. Have you earned your "Bronze Award" for shooting and hunting? Please note to earn this award at the Bronze level a Boy Scout has to perform at least nine separate tasks in a variety of areas. Hunters and gun owners only have to focus on their one area of interest.

Here are the Boy Scout's requirements to earn a bronze level Arts and Hobbies award:

1. Choose a new hobby such as ... marksmanship.

2. Keep a log for at least 90 days of each time you participate in your hobby.

3. After participating in your hobby for at least 90 days, give a presentation on what you have learned for your crew or another group.

4. Develop a plan to assess the physical skill level of each member of a group.

5. Once you have determined your starting point or base, develop a plan with each member of your group to develop a training improvement program.

6. Test your group members on a regular basis over a 90-day period to see if there is improvement.

7. Share your results with the group and/or your crew.

8. Lead or participate in a discussion on the merits of choosing a sports hobby [like shooting]. Discuss health benefits, opportunity to associate with friends, costs, etc.

9. Ask an adult [or friend] who is not active in your crew and who has an active sports hobby to join your discussion to get his or her point of view.

10. Teach disadvantaged or disabled people a sport and organize suitable competitions, or help them develop an appreciation for an art or hobby new to them.

11. Organize a hobby meet (a place where people gather to display and share information about their hobbies) for your crew, [local community], or another group [like, say, the local media].

12. Organize a contest.

The Boy Scouts figured this much out. They expect kids to do the above in order to learn a new skill and to promote their hobby. Shouldn't we expect grown adult hunters and gun owners to do the same to promote their hobby?

How much skill and public respect would hunters and gun owners garner if every range and sportsman's club adhered to these simple guidelines; guidelines that children in the Boy Scouts are expected to follow?

If a Boy Scout looked at your shooting and hunting, would you earn your Bronze Award?

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