Worked a scouting shooting event today

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  1. Riomouse911

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    My kids are in scouts and their troop hosted an event at Mike Raahague’s shooting park this weekend. About 650 scouts arrived and were treated to various shooting related events; trap, smallbore rifle and BB gun target shooting, tomahawk throwing, even slingshots had a range where the kids could send shot down range. :)

    Camping areas
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    .22 range
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    Merit badge stations
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    Trap station.
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    I just missed the kids shooting Red Ryders.
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    Taking aim with slingshots.
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    Another shot of the .22 ranges along with the 30 minute firearms safety lecture the kids were required to go through before going to the rsnge and shooting.
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    As can be expected there was a large focus on gun safety and proper handling, with hundreds of So Cal city kids in attendance I will bet 1/2 to 2/3 of the kids got their first taste of “real” shooting today. :thumbup: I really hope today plants a seed and many of the kids become tomorrow’s responsible gun owners. We need all we can get to keep the 2nd breathing in this clearly anti gun and anti freedom state.

    As with all scout events there were tons of other merit badge stuff; CPR, knots, natural history, American history, even auto mechanics and cooking.

    A huge thank you to Mike Raahagues shooting enterprises for the facility, California Rifle and Pistol Association for providing dozens of RSO’s and safety instruction, Sheriff Chad Bianco and Riverside County deputies for search and rescue demos and Riverside County Fire for first aid/CPR training and Eastvale troop 2017G for putting it all on.

    Even though I am beat after arriving at 4:00 am to start flipping pancakes and then running all day here and there as needed, I am really glad I was able to help out a bit. If you ever get a chance to give back a bit on the range with kids like this, I hope you give it a shot!:)

    Stay safe.
     
  2. James Fonteneaux

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    Excellent job @Riomouse911! I agree 100% about doing something to try to coach up the next generation. My wife and I became NRA certified RSO's and Basic Rifle Instructors last year at Scout summer camp and put on our troops' first rifle range last November. It is indeed a very rewarding experience. Good on you sir!
     
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    Looks like a great turnout for the event. Kudos!
     
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    Been NRA certified (rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, RSO, now CRSO) for a LONG time. I've helped at lots of district/council events and assisted on many Summer Camp ranges. Our troop has been having a "Shooting Sports Campout" since I've been certified (early '90's) once a year, and surprise, surprise, it's usually one of, if not the, most attended campout of the year. You're right, often this is the first, and likely only, opportunity for many of these youth to shoot an actual firearm. In fact, 2022's is just around the corner in May. I was at the range where we hold the campout yesterday and today sighting in the rifles (about the only time I get to shoot the entire weekend). Amazingly enough, none of the kids I've taught firearms safety to has ever been involved in a gun-related accident or incident. Go figure.
     
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    Nice to see someone planting the flag in enemy territory. Keep up the good fight. Joe
     
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    I learned to shoot as a Scout about 100 years ago. It was the most enjoyable outing I had and stuck with me all these years.

    I'm glad you were there to help out. It's rewarding and these children won't forget their first experiences. Spending the entire day working and running around can really beat you up. I'm happy you spent the time.

    Thank you.
     
  7. Jimbo80

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    Why no uniforms?
     
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    This is Scout? we had bearly a tent, and a knife, and pellets gun.
     
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    For opening ceremonies and flag salute all were in class A uniform. Some of the leaders and most of the kids changed into troop t-shirts and shorts for the day afterwards. ( Its more relaxed now than I remember as a kid.)

    Stay safe.
     
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    Looks like great fun for all. Your scout troops down there must have some enlightened leadership, too.

    Not gonna lie, sometimes I do miss that SoCal weather...
     
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    Great you are involved, along with your kids in scouting and some wonderful activities to participate in, bravo!
     
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    I miss the Bay Area weather, was like the PNW but less rain and warmer.

    But you can’t beat Summers in the Carolina’s Hot night in shorts and flops
     
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    Yeah, we often go with Class B (scout T-shirt and shorts/pants) or C (civilian) after formal opening, etc., to try to save the uniforms some wear and tear. Especially since it costs upwards of $75-$100 for a new uniform! Leaders don't roll around in the dirt as much, so they often stay in Class A. :thumbup:
     
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    "As can be expected there was a large focus on gun safety and proper handling, with hundreds of So Cal city kids in attendance I will bet 1/2 to 2/3 of the kids got their first taste of “real” shooting today. :thumbup: I really hope today plants a seed and many of the kids become tomorrow’s responsible gun owners. We need all we can get to keep the 2nd breathing in this clearly anti gun and anti freedom state."

    Ayyyyyy-men !

    Great, great photographs.

    Picked me up from a not-perfect day, so thanks !

    Terry, 230RN
     
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    Glad to be of service! The kids (and their leaders) were a real pick me up as I was dragging in the afternoon as well.

    May today be better than yesterday, and tomorrow better still, my friend! :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
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    Well done!

    Raahauge's is my favorite local range and a good place for this kind of event. ("Ruh-how-gees", for those who may have wondered. :D )

    As for the state of the state, it really is not anti-gun. Most parts of the state are inhabited by normal folks who enjoy normal pursuits, shooting included. It's just that our betters in the big coastal cities have all sorts of ideas for the rest of us. Keep it in mind when thinking of your gunny friends in the Golden State!
     
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  17. chicharrones

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    Super cool, @Riomouse911 ! :cool:
     
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  18. chicharrones

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    When I was in Boy Scouts in the '70s, we were much the same. Uniforms on the first day or the last day of a camp. Regular clothes on all other days. Most families didn't have the money for a week worth of uniforms, I'd guess.
     
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    Fully decked out class A uniform probably clocks as an actual fire hazard or dangerous around heavy machinery :rofl:
     
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    Man, those uniforms have gotten a lot fancier then when I was s Cub Scout and Webelos Scout back in the 1970’s. Along with the usual troop insignia scouting patches some of those kids have sashes with merit badges, troop berets, one teenager had a forest green uniform/ campaign hat/ tie that was accompanied by a Kukri knife. He looked like he stepped out of a Teddy Roosevelt poster, it was very nice indeed! :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
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    OUTSTANDING!!!
    When I think back on my BSA time spent shooting...I remember that range safety and marksmanship instruction were paramount! But...I also remember that no one wore "eyes or ears" at all and no one bothered saying "wash your hands" before we broke for lunch! I'm glad there is such a diversity of experiences available today~ Thank You!
     
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    Well done Rio and "congratulations" on a good outing !
     
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