Boy Scout leaders in Nebraska were finding that the shortage of ammo was going to make the shooting and safe handling of firearms portion of Camp Cornhusker impossible, until they put out a call for donations. About 1,000 campers were going to have to shoot air guns instead of .22 caliber rifles, according to the Sioux City Journal, so they asked for 24,000 rounds to be donated by the time camp commenced. Not only did they reach their goal, but far exceeded it, with a whopping donation of 65,000 rounds from donors as far as Florida. Now the Cornhusker Council is prepared to teach the safe handling of firearms not only this summer, but for the next three years.
Jerad Reimers, Cornhusker Council district director, said, "Practicing with BB guns just isn’t the same, even if they look like the real McCoy, Reimers said. A Scout won’t treat the shooting experience the same way, because it’s not."