From the Archives, August 9, 2020

The Indoor Rifle Range

It’s time to discuss one of the great mysteries for the modern staff member: what in the world is that thing in Craig basement? We don’t have a photo of this particular location in its heyday, so you’ll have to use your imagination. Remove the chairs and the cots and the mattresses and you have Camp Craig’s original indoor rifle range.

The range was part of the original set up for Camp Craig. The structure remaining in the back of the basement was basically an “indoor berm.” The angled metal wall would deflect the bullets into a sandtrap below after the shooter had fired through the target, which was hung off the red wooden frame. The numbers denote the positions for the shooters: 8 Scouts could fire at a time. You’ll notice on the concrete blocks on the wall there are little round brown circles–the last remains of the sound proofing, which were essentially old cardboard egg cartons. Further back on the floor are the red lines denoting where the shooters would be positioned.

The indoor range was eventually replaced by the current Dan Maddox range in the mid-1980s. Tom Willhite got the new range built as part of an unofficial, quasi-capital campaign he quietly ran to upgrade facilities at Boxwell in the early 1980s. By Craig’s opening for 1986, the outdoor range was open and has been in use ever since.

Camp Craig's Indoor Rifle Range
The remains of Camp Craig’s Indoor Rifle Range, 2018

Remembering the Staff, 2010

A mere ten years ago brings us the staffs of 2010. Hugh Travis was Council Executive and Carl Adkins was the Reservation Director. The Reservation had just celebrated its 50th Anniversary and had grown quite a bit over the previous ten years, especially in Camp Light in what is now known as the High Adventure Area.

Camp Stahlman was led by Danny Waltman as Program Director and Steve Eubank as Camp Director. At Camp Craig, Ian Weir was Program Director and Tony Turner was Camp Director. CubWorld was led by co-Program Director Jake Jones and Jody Looper and Camp Directors Lee Kashdan and Lindsey Sublett. And there is a slew of reservation programs! COPE was led by Nic Jared, the Boat Harbor by Michael Allen, the Shotgun Range by James Bryant, the NRA Light Rifle Program by William Bridgers, and the Pool by John Kasper. Steve Belew was the head ranger.

We have staff photos for Craig, Stahlman, CubWorld, Administrative Staff, and the Pool staff. All by John Kasper.

Camp Craig Staff, 2010
Camp Craig Staff, 2010
Camp Stahlman Staff, 2010
Camp Stahlman Staff, 2010
CubWorld Staff, 2010
CubWorld Staff, 2010
Administration and Support Staff, 2010
Administration and Support Staff, 2010
Reservation Pool Staff, 2010
Reservation Pool Staff, 2010