When it comes to getting boys interested in shooting sports,
the BSA is on target.
That was the message from the Crosman Corporation, which
last month awarded its annual Friend of Youth Shooting Award to the BSA. The
award recognizes “An organization or individual whose commitment to excellence
in youth shooter education and dedication to a lifetime of safe shooting has
enhanced the future of the sport.” The Boy Scouts of America becomes the first
organization to win the award—the past five recipients were individuals.
Young boys and girls don’t often get the chance to
experience shooting sports, said Ken D’Arcy, Crosman’s president and CEO. But
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers across America can learn how to
responsibly enjoy the sport while also earning belt loops, pins, merit badges,
and other recognition.
“For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been an active
participant in training and honing the skills of eager young shooters ready to
adopt shooting as a lifetime sport. There are few organizations more engaged
with our sport today,” D’Arcy said.
BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca knows the importance of shooting
sports in Scouting. He said that shooting is one of the program’s “most
sought-after skill sets.”
“I think shooting is a metaphor for much of what Scouting is about,”
Mazzuca said. “Young people learn how to shoot safely and well, use the skill
to gain confidence and build self-esteem, and pass that experience to others.”
For more information and to see a video from the event, click here.
(Photo: Ken D’Arcy, Crosman’s president and CEO (left) congratulates the BSA's John Green, group director of outdoor adventure.)