Purpose of Shooting Sports
Shooting sports training provides fun and adventure for young people. It teaches skills, discipline, self-reliance, sportsmanship, conservation—all elements of good character that Scouters strive to instill. Adventure beckons when Cub Scout, Boy Scouts and Venturers have mastered the skills practiced in field sports.
Mastery of these skills will help participants feel confident of their ability to stand on their own feet and to extend a hand to those less skilled. Some participants find the satisfaction of becoming skillful in a shooting sport an end in itself. Others get satisfaction from the consuming drive for competitive activity.
In proper balance, shooting sports supplement the unit’s program by adding colorful unit, inte-runit, and campwide events. An additional benefit is that each of the shooting sports fits into some phase of advancement, thereby providing special recognition for the youth who desires to know more and become more skilled in these particular sports. In any case, this event may be the introduction to sports and recreation activities that last a lifetime.
Some positive benefits for youth who participate in a shooting sports program-
- Shooting sports are part of the Olympic program events.
- Shooting sports do not require participants to start at an early age to be successful. A person may start shooting in high school and compete on a national level before entering college.
- Age does not seem to be a factor in learning shooting sports. Shooting sports have had a national champion who was more than 60 years old, and one as young as 16 years old.
- Shooting sports are for both boys and girls.
- Shooting sports may be conducted both indoors and outdoors.
- Shooting sports may be featured as both a winter sport and a summer sport.
- Shooting sports may offer individual participation, team participation, or both at the same time.
- Shooting sports are recognized as being very safe with few injuries.
- Shooting sports require a minimum of facilities rather than large arenas, courses, courts, or gymnasiums.
- Students who have participated in shooting sports report a marked improvement in their ability to concentrate when they apply the principles of these sports to their academic pursuits.
- Purity is a term used in sports to describe the degree of precision with which a physical function must be executed. Shooting sports require the highest degree of purity.
- Sportsmanship has been described as “the quality and conduct of a person who accepts victory and defeat graciously.” Shooting sports has a reputation for high sportsmanship conduct among its participants.
- People with physical disabilities are able to compete at high levels of competition in shooting sports.
- College scholarships are awarded in shooting sports.
- In shooting sports, everyone participates.