Part of being a Scout is having new experiences, and there can not be an experience as different to rambunctious and prank-full youngsters as the cold steal discipline surrounding safely firing a real gun. Its where they can learn respect, the type of respect that only a real proximity to – controlled – danger can imbue.
St. Augustines Scouts were very fortunate to be invited along to a local and well tucked away range at the far end of Jackson Street in Petone. The range is indoor and 25 yards (aprox 23 meters) and the targets at the far end seemed minuscule.
straight down the barrel of a gun.
Surprisingly spent cartridge, became as valuable as gold to the Scouts afterwards, as they exchanged them and their shooting experiences afterwards, whilst waiting for the scores.