Just a week ago on this blog I was bemoaning the current ammunition situation in the U.S., wondering how on earth we’d be able to run our rifle program as vigorously this year as we have in past years while ammo was in shortage across the States.
As a life long shooter, and at least a somewhat accomplished markswoman (beginning with my training as a ‘Ghany camper back in the day) this was making me concerned and a little bummed out about our prospects.
But I shouldn’t have worried! What I should have known from much experience is that the extended ‘Ghany family of alum and friends would never let rifle fall by the wayside because of a temporary little obstacle. So let me tell you what they did.
We have been awed and humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received from our Alleghany families in the wake of that blog entry. We cant thank everyone enough for their efforts. Through tips, sources, and supply donations we’ve almost reached our goal for ammunition. So it’s safe to say the show will go on. That is, we’re on target for another successful year of rifle!
We’ll be able to continue to provide the stellar Riflery Program that we’ve had in place for over 90 years. And this is all due to the efforts of our amazing supporters!
- Flo Barnick
- Aimee Berger
- Joan Cather
- Ace and Vic Dandridge, and Vic Dandridge Senior
- Jeanette Foster
- Adair Hendrickson
- Laura Hendrickson
- Elise Kiper
- Mary O’Connor
- Brooke McCrory
- Mike Miller
- Faisal Qureshi
- Mike Reitz
- Sarah Schermerhorn
I also want to share a few anecdotes about how our friends stepped in.
Here’s one from Elise Kiper, who went to a gun show for us and secured 10,000 rounds for us at an amazing price!
I can tell you that with every single one of the gun shows for at least the past 18 months, there is no ammo left after the first hour (with very few caliber/grade exceptions). The line to get inside literally wraps around the building, and the traffic jam is like Tysons Corner on Christmas Eve! They are guaranteed to sell out.
And here is an amazing note from Ace Dandridge:
Not sure if you are aware but my father-in-law has been helping to find some ammo amongst his shooting buddies (he has a lot of them). One of them provided 1600 rounds I think, at no cost. He included this little remembrance of his shooting as a young boy. I thought it was sweet and touching in a way. Speaks to the life skills and such that camps provide. I asked Vic if I could have a copy in case it could be used somewhere along the way.
I’ll link up with Chris. He doesn’t live far from me. I have fond memories of scout camp shooting with .22s at paper targets and also with .22 rat shot in a game I think was called MoSkeet. I think that experience gave me a healthy start toward a lifelong love of shooting and hunting. The rounds are on me. I hope the girls enjoy them.
As you can imagine we are touched, awed, thrilled at this overwhelming outpouring of support from friends and strangers alike. Happily another group of girls will be able to go through our rifle classes, learning safety, focus, skill, and patience as each achieves goals she sets for herself this summer.
Thank you again to everyone!
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls