Youths learn firearms safety and more at camp in Shaftsbury

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.

Read full story at the Bennington Banner.

(Fair use with written permission from the New England Newspapers Inc.)

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2 thoughts on “Youths learn firearms safety and more at camp in Shaftsbury

  1. Starting off kids a young age on how to handle & respect a firearm, is the correct way to go
    and thanks to those willing to educate these kids.

    I started off at the age of seven firing my first revolver, my dad was an avid gun collector and
    gunsmith and drilled into me the dangers & safety and respect needed when using a firearm.

    Now at the ripe age of 67, I still pass on my learning to those that want to learn about firearms
    and every time I handle a firearm I remember my dad’s teachings.

    I see all these Anti-Gun ” Idiots ” that wouldn’t know the butt from the barrel crying about the
    evil of firearms to there little snowflakes………… Shameful !! But are willing to let them stay in
    their rooms with their iPhones doing whatever with whomever, now that’s very dangerous !!

    Oh yeah, I received my first rifle ( .22 ) at the age of twelve that I still have today, thanks Dad.

  2. Great. The more young people introduced to the shooting sorts safely, the better for all. I belong at Hale Mtn, and am always thrilled to see young folks being taught to safely handle firearms. Some times I have to give up a day at the range so these folks can use it, and I’m happy to do it.
    Bravo to all involved.

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