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Boy Scouts initiate range improvement project

September 04, 2013
  • The shooting sports areone of the most popular activities among Scouts attending summer camp at Camp Sinoquipe in Fort Littleton, Pa. The range is being torn down and replaced.
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FORT LITTLETON, Pa. — The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America plans to replace the existing rifle range at Camp Sinoquipe with a new range facility featuring 16 shooting positions.

The new shooting range design also includes accompanying improvements to the overhead cover and secures storage areas necessary to the effective operation of this shooting range facility, according to a news release from the Mason-Dixon Council. 

The shooting sports have long been one of the most popular activities among Scouts attending summer camp at Camp Sinoquipe.

The Mason-Dixon Council covers a service area which includes Washington County in Maryland and Fulton and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania.

In addition, more than half of the Scouts that attend summer camp annually at Camp Sinoquipe are from outside of the core service area. 

Although the current rifle range has introduced thousands of Scouts to shooting sports over the past several decades, the demand has far exceeded the ability of this range to accommodate the number of Scouts wanting to participate in target shooting. Scouts end up waiting in long lines to shoot just a few rounds in pursuit of their merit badge, according to the release.

To fund the range project, the council has initiated a Donated Firearms Program. The program encourages the donation of firearms from individual supporters which, in turn, will be sold on GunBroker.com, a hunting and sport shooting auction website, the release said.

Firearms will be listed without a reserve bid and will be awarded to the highest bidder. Donors may take a tax deduction for the fair market value of each firearm donated to the Mason-Dixon Council, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

“We ask all sportsmen who care about the future of the shooting sports to consider donating their old guns and helping us create a kid's new passion,” Scout Executive Mark Barbernitz said in the release.

Prospective donors are requested to contact Steve Miller at Shoot for the Future, LLC — the Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder receiving firearms in behalf of the Council to arrange for the donation of the firearms. Miller can be reached at 240-347-4351 or by email at proud2hunt@aol.com. 

Firearm donors will be requested to complete a form providing contact information about the donor and a description of donated firearms to include any known defects in appearance and function.

Upon the transfer of the donated firearms, Shoot for the Future, LLC will provide descriptions and photographs of the firearm for posting on GunBroker.com.  GunBroker.com has agreed to establish a charity account on their website in behalf of the Mason-Dixon Council and will not charge the council for auctions of donated firearms, according to the release.

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