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What is Sporting Clays?
It’s exciting! It’s challenging! And its popularity is accelerating faster than a pair of teal on opening day. With its roots coming from England, sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats.
The shooting grounds are laid out in stations (also called stands) with each station representing one type of bird or a combination of game; a rabbit and a grouse.
Where does the money go?
Funds raised from the annual Sam Houston Area Council, BSA Sporting Clays event go to support the Scouting program for at-risk youth in the Greater Houston Area.
You might ask, what is an at-risk youth?
At-risk youth are young people who are economically disadvantaged, live in single or no-parent homes and/or are growing up in hostile environments such as crime or drug infested neighborhoods. These youth would not have a Scouting experience if it were not for the Sam Houston Area Council.
During the past thirteen years over $1,400,000 has been raised from this event.
This has helped provide the following:
1) Uniforms for at-risk Scouts. This helps them feel part of the total program. The uniform is an equalizer so that everyone looks alike.
2) Long Term Summer Camp experience for at-risk Scouts. This takes place at El Rancho Cima near Wimberly, TX
3) Summer Day Camp for at-risk Cub Scouts. A local day program that build self esteem and character for Scouts in grades 1-5.
4) Scout Leaders that conduct weekly meetings and activities for the Scouts.
5) Transportation for at-risk Scouts (Cub and Boy) to attend special events (baseball games, football games, circus, zoo, etc.) and camping trips.
6) Books and supplies for at-risk Scouts so that they can fully participate in the Scouting program.
7) Camping supplies and material for a Camping Skills program was introduced in 2000 to better serve this program. Trained Scout Leader from across the council provide a weekend camping experience and introduce the Scouts to basic outdoor Scouting skills.
As you can see this fund from the Annual Sporting Clays event is a vital part of the local Scouting program for at-risk youth. If it were not for this program many at-risk youth would go unserved by the Scouting Program.
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