NRA to raise funds for Boy Scout range


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August 6, 2004, 02:00 AM
NRA to raise funds for Boy Scout range

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By Melissa DeLoach, Staff Writer
The Midland Reporter-Telegram 08/05/2004


The aging range at the Boy Scouts Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch near Fort Davis will undergo a face-lift beginning in the fall, opening in time for summer campers in June 2005.


Planning for the restoration has been on-going for years. Among the contributions, the Permian Basin Friends of the National Rifle Association has raised $49,000 toward the efforts.


Tonight, the NRA group will have its ninth annual fund-raiser, with half the proceeds heading to the scout ranch. The remaining goes to the NRA Foundation. Events begin at 6 p.m. at the Midland Center with a dinner, live and silent auction, raffle and door prizes. Single admission is $30.


This is the third year, the NRA has fueled money toward the scout range fund. In 2003, the Permian Basin NRA chapter raised $51,188.12 for the NRA Foundation, placing 11th nationwide among chapters raising $25,000 or more.


"It's truly a family affair," said Jim Henderson of the fund-raiser which promotes the local NRA groups annual projects, which include firearms training, education and hunter training.


Firearm safety is an issue Henderson doesn't take lightly. He is working to get the Eddie Eagle program restored in the area. The program is an educational initiative teaching children to alert an adult if they come in contact with a gun.


Education among youth is one of the reasons why the NRA has linked with the Boy Scouts. About 300 youth attend weekly summer camps at the 9,300 acre ranch each summer.


"This is where a lot of kids learn to shoot," said Rusty Buckingham, an NRA committee member and Boy Scout liaison. "A lot of kids have the opportunity where they can learn these things safely.


"The NRA has been gracious enough to help us."


In the past, the NRA has helped the scouts purchase rifles, shotguns, skeet throwers, ammunition and targets.


The Boy Scouts Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch opened in 1943 and has hosted scouts since 1947. In 2003, the camp expanded 3,280 acres. Improving or replacing the range has been listed in the Buffalo Trail Council strategic plan. Building a new range was passed up in part because of the rocky terrain of the Davis Mountains.


The NRA Foundation began in 1990 to support research, education, community service and public safety programs of the NRA, law enforcement agencies and community service organizations.


Tickets for the event can be purchased at the event or by contacting Jim Henderson at 682-2473.

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