Shooting Sports Facilities
Mecklenburg County Council operates two camp properties, each of which offers a variety of shooting sports activities. Units may also utilize private and commercial properties for shooting sports, but the surest (and usually cheapest) option is at one of our camp properties.
Belk Scout Camp
This camp has three BB gun ranges that are side-by-side near the front of camp. These ranges are also used for catapult and slingshot. This camp also has an archery pavilion with two separate archery ranges across the main road from the BB ranges. Each of these ranges is covered and have storage rooms so there is little need to carry equipment from the compound. Our BB guns are Daisy Grizzly models.
We recently received an exciting donation of new slingshot target stands. We've had the chance to try them out and I can assure you, they are a blast. The adults had so much fun that I'm not sure they will give the youth a turn!
Mecklenburg Scout Reservation (Camp Grimes) has a number of dedicated shooting sports ranges.
We have a 50' rifle range with shooting benches for up to eight (8) participants at a time. The participants are under cover while shooting, which is very helpful when it is raining. The rifle range also has a covered program area where classes can be taught and safety briefings can be conducted before participants move onto the firing line. The range has lighting and ceiling fans for safety and comfort. The camp provides .22 bolt action rifles by Savage Arms. Eye and ear protection are available if participants do not bring their own. This range can accommodate BB guns for Cub Scouts, but the BB guns would need to be transported from Belk Scout Camp (and only for district/council events).
We have a shotgun range that has two (2) shooting stations. While the clay launchers are generally configured for "straight away" targets, we have a third launcher that can be deployed for more challenging shooting. The shotgun range has a covered program area and firing line. The shotgun range has lighting and ceiling fans for safety and comfort. The camp provides three different sized 12 gauge pump action shotguns (youth, mid, full).Eye and ear protection are available if participants do not bring their own.
We have a 150' archery range that can accommodate up to eight (8) participants. We generally use Genesis bows, but there are a few long bows available. Arm guards and finger tabs are available if participants do not bring their own. We plan to add battery powered lighting to the archery range to allow for archery after dark. "Night archery" will only be available for special events/activities, but we expect it to be ready in time for the 2023 Summer Camp season.
We have a Cowboy Action Shooting range, which is a brand new program made available by the Boy Scouts of America in 2016. Our range features an Old West style facade and a variety of steel targets and a "clay flipper". Participants will shoot three different firearms, a .22 single action revolver, a .22 lever action rifle and a 20 gauge double-barrel stagecoach shotgun. In the Fall of 2017, we added LED lights so we can have fun in the evening, too! This activity is only available as a district/council event, such as summer camp. Watch Shooting Sports News for opportunities.
Another program that we are working to make available Summer Camp is Chalk Ball. This is another new program released in 2016 that uses CO2 paint ball markers and balls of chalk fired at hanging targets, like cowbells. The participants wear a full face mask (for safety) while they get to see their chalk balls explode into a cloud of dust as they hit their targets. This program can easily be run at the existing archery range which already provides adequate space. The targets are suspended from a portable PVC frame.