This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared July 12 in the Bennington Banner.
SHAFTSBURY — “It’s like a busted-up sponge,” said Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette, holding up a stringy piece of destroyed watermelon.
Volunteers at New Experiences Camp had shot into a watermelon to show campers the damage bullets do, as a watermelon has a consistency like flesh.
It was part of a day of firearms experience at the Hale Mountain Fish & Game Club, part of the five-day New Experiences Camp put on by the Bennington Police Department, the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, the Bennington Fire Department and the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center.
Kids rotated between supervised shooting stations with shotguns, pistols, and rifles, with older campers also shooting precision and specialty rifles, including .308 caliber rifles.
Throughout the week, volunteers had taught the campers about gun safety, including how to stand and sight alignment, Doucette said.
“We let them come out here and experience it in person,” said Doucette, who is also a firearms instructor. “This is one of the more popular days that we have at the camp.”
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