Regular readers of the blog may remember my passion for our Rifle activity, which I wrote about in a post called Sure Shot. As I said then,
Rifle is actually my favorite activity at camp and the one I felt most accomplished and successful in as a camper. So it’s very close to my heart. I took an early interest in it and stayed with it all the way up to what’s called the Distinguished Expert level…
I don’t know if I fit the image of a markswoman — if any one such “image” even exists. But I will say that the challenge of combining strict safety protocols with the goal to reach ever increasing target difficulties with precision was a combination that my innate (but good-natured) competitiveness couldn’t resist! I was determined to master as much as I could. But what ended up happening was that Rifle mastered me.
By that I mean that Rifle taught me the value of focusing very acutely on the task at hand, a skill that has served me well beyond the shooting range.
Focus, focus, focus
The seriousness that was impressed upon me by Rifle lessons, because of how serious it is to be in command of a firearm — or be next to someone else using a firearm — taught me to consider deeply my actions in every moment, awakened and deepened my sense of responsibility to myself and others, and, adding perseverance, to use that focus to achieve goals — any goals, whether target practice, other sports, academics, hobbies, and career.
That’s why it’s so frustrating this summer that there’s a shortage of ammunition out there in the world!
With gun control issues being discussed anew, there’s been a kind of run on ammunition-stocking by private gun owners. The problem is we didn’t anticipate this shortage and now we’re finding ammunition hard to get. As a life-long shooter, and a huge fan of the superior way we offer Rifle at Alleghany (National Rifle Association certified instructors and methods), I can’t bear to think of how this shortage could affect how much shooting each girl who wishes to take Rifle can do this summer.
We do want our girls to shoot, and want to continue our rifle program, which has been around since 1922! We will do our very best to keep this program running and teach the girls the value of patience, determination, and gun safety. We will also continue to educate the campers who take rifle on the parts of the gun, how to properly clean a gun, etc. (You can see more about our rifle program in this camp video, or watch beginning at the Rifle portion of our story by clicking on the video below)
In this final stretch before camp starts we’re working all the channels to get our stock of ammunition ready for rifle this season. But we feel like we’re in a race against the clock. So now we’re reaching out to you to ask whether any of our former NRA-member alumni have any insights or suggestions? Have you faced the same problem? And if so, what did you do to access ammunition? Any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome. Please e-mail me, give us a call*, or add comments to the field below.
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls