BSA names pair of Eagle Scouts to serve as 2017-2018 NRA Youth Ambassadors

James (left) and Kaleb will serve as 2017-2018 NRA/BSA Brownell Youth Ambassadors.

At Scout camps across the country each year, hundreds of thousands of Scouts and Venturers participate in shooting sports activities — archery, rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, pistol shooting and more. Trained adult volunteers ensure they have safe and rewarding experience.

Shooting sports are one of the many ways Scouting teaches character to young people. And the NRA/BSA Brownell Youth Ambassador program is one of the many ways Scouting strengthens the shooting sports community.

The Boy Scouts of America this month named the 2017-2018 youth ambassadors: James Frasier Jr., a 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Queen Creek, Ariz.; and Kaleb Rulon, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout from Arcadia, Ind.

In January, James and Kaleb will travel to the National Shootings Sports Foundation’s annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. They’ll attend meetings, visit and thank sponsors, and support the mission of the BSA.

They’ll also attend the NRA’s annual meeting — set for May in Dallas — to discuss ways to strengthen both groups.

During the rest of the year, they’ll offer insight on decisions regarding the BSA’s shooting sports program and write articles and blog posts for the NRA.

Meet James

James Frasier Jr. is a 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Queen Creek, Ariz. He is the vice president of administration for the Grand Canyon Council’s Venturing Officers Association.

He’s still in high school — with a 3.98 GPA, no less — but is already taking college courses.

James is a certified expert in shotgun shooting and competes on his school’s swimming, wrestling and baseball teams. He has participated in high-adventure treks at Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base — meaning he has qualified for and received the Triple Crown of High Adventure Award.

James wants to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and become an officer in the Navy.

As an NRA Youth Ambassador, James wants to promote the growth of shooting sports-focused Venturing crews and create a councilwide shooting competition.

“My goal is to help as many youth as possible to put down their phones, computers and videogames and go outside and see and experience the world,” he says.

Meet Kaleb

Kaleb Rulon is a 17-year-old Eagle Scout from Arcadia, Ind.

For his Eagle project, Kaleb raised $7,000 to replace an aging memorial to war veterans.

“I built the monument to last a lifetime, and I hope to be able to take my grandchildren there some day to show them my project and share my love of Scouts, God and country,” he says.

Kaleb is skilled in a range of shooting disciplines, including shotgun, archery, muzzle-loader, pistol, rifle, and long-range rifle. He has won a number of state and national-level honors and competitions and has even given back by serving as an NRA Junior Shotgun Instructor.

In school, Kaleb is a member of the National Honor Society, the Business Professionals of America and is president of the local chapter of the National FFA Organization. After high school, he wants to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

“I love learning how things work and thinking about how to make them better, which is why engineering is my passion.”

As ambassador, Kaleb wants to help the BSA and the NRA work together to enhance the BSA’s programs for youth.

“I know that I am the best person to bridge the gap between the NRA and the BSA because of my ability to relate to both groups and make connections between them,” he says.

Become a future NRA Youth Ambassador

Find the application, and lots more info about the BSA’s shooting sports programs, at this link.

Learn more about the BSA’s shooting sports programs

Your best bet is the comprehensive, well-written Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual.

10 Comments

    • I agree. You don’t see BSA Youth Ambassadors to the National Park Foundation or the American Hiking Society, do you?

      I’ve had several of my unit’s parents remark about their concerns about the NRA attempting to use Scouting to promote its increasingly partisan political agenda.

      We are chartered by an NRA-affiliated rod and gun club, and we are investigating changing our chartered org over this issue.

      • We certainly need to be judicious that our 2A rights for the BSA are not eroded. I have had to explain to my son that he should NOT discuss Boy Scout Rifle/Shotgun/Archery merit badges at school. As a society, we have over pivoted with the guns are scary and ‘kids’ should not be exposed to them mentality.

        My son is a recruiter and at the local 4-H fair the archery booth and BB gun booth had the longest lines……he spoke to several young boys about his summer camp experiences and camping, canoeing, rock climbing and shooting sports came up – many of the boys were SUPER excited. Parents – not so much.

        Having a BSA rep working with the NRA – while a political activist group – they are focused on safe and sane 2A rights and that is fundamental to the BSA outdoor experience.

    • While the NRA does perform lobbying functions, the BSA’s Office of Government and Community Relations does the exact same thing. Whether or not an organization performs a political function does not lessen its value.

      The role of BSA-NRA Youth Ambassadors are to grow the relations that exist between the two organizations. NRA trainings, publications, and certifications often serve as a baseline for their BSA counterparts, so it is deemed important that the BSA maintains a quality relationship with an important industry leader.

  1. The NRA backs the candidates that are pro-gun, and the second amendment, regardless of party affiliation. If one reads the lengthy, detailed Shooting Sports manual with all the details of the shooting sports, ranges, and training…..who does the BSA turn to? The NRA of course. No other organization promotes training and safe gun handling better than the NRA.
    I do question the wisdom of appointing two young scouts as ambassadors to the NRA. We already have a liaison between the BSA and the NRA. His name is Mark Belli. I seriously doubt that appointing two scouts to these positions will do anything to improve relations that are already good to my knowledge.

    • The BSA has, as part of its vision, to develop leaders. This young men provide an example of leadership to other scouts, as well as working to instill, by example, the tenets of Scouting in all that they make contact with.

      Shooting sports form a essential part of Scouting. Without the work of the NRA, the right might be denied to all but a special few (interestingly, many anti-gun rights advocates are protected by ARMED bodyguards). A knee-jerk negative reaction to the fact that the BSA is working with one of the premier groups teaching not only gun rights BUT ALSO GUN RESPONSIBILITY AND SAFETY doesn’t make sense.

      The Eddie Eagle Gun Safety program teaches that if kids see a gun, they are to:
      1. Stop
      2. Don’t Touch
      3. Leave the area
      4. Tell an adult.
      This sounds like it could be part of one of the safety courses that BSA teaches. In fact, it ought to be.

      Our safety courses focus on Discipline and Qualified Supervision. Could National at least develop an on-line course which covers Gun Safety. I know there are special courses for Range Safety and Rangemaster. Could some of the elements of these courses be made available to all leaders?

      • You’ve raised a good point Carey concerning training. Currently in order to take a troop shooting there must be one NRA certified instructor in that particular discipline (rifle, shotgun etc.) and another NRA qualified Range Safety Officer. One has to find where these courses are being taught, and they can be expensive for a volunteer such as most of us are. I have three of the certifications necessary to do this, and the cost is about $150-200 and a weekend away for rifle or shotgun, with Range Safety Officer being offered for about $100. These courses are taught by knowledgeable ‘gun guys’ and they normally have plenty of hands on training aids. I feel they are better than anything being offered ‘on line’.
        But, for doing Gun Safety training during meetings prior to troop shoots, I have to pull info from Rifle and Shotgun merit badge manuals, and our state Hunter Education manual, along with various posters from the NRA. There is a lot of information available to put on your own gun safety training, but National doesn’t provide any with the exception of going to National Camp School which prepares staff members to teach at summer camp, and again at considerable time and expense.
        I feel that National doesn’t hesitate to make new rules for these programs, but shies away from developing any training that may be used by the units. Seems like they just turn it over to the NRA and currently their training is the most thorough.
        The Eddie Eagle program you outlined has been around a long time, and is particularly good for young boys, like Cubs and Weblos. But by the time these young fellows crossover into Boy Scouts, we want them to learn how to handle firearms safely.
        I’m not familiar with the ‘Rangemaster’ training you mentioned, although I did see a leader at camp this year from an out of council troop that had a patch on his uniform for this. I didn’t get a chance to ask him where it was from.

  2. After a heartfelt discussion with my son, I’m returning my Eagle badge, and so is he unless the BSA does something to divorce themselves from this foul association. The NRA is the face of evil in 21st century America, it’s as simple as that. Look at their reactions to the recent events in Nevada and Texas. Disgusting and shameful. The Boy Scouts of America should sever all ties, and soon.

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