The Summit Bechtel Reserve is already known for its wide array of Scouting activities, but can you guess what the newest addition to the Summit’s action-packed portfolio could be?
We’ll give you one hint: this ancient invention totally revolutionized projectiles more than a millennium ago.
In 2015, the Summit’s Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base began testing a new shooting sports pilot program to master the crossbow. Although this program is new, the sport of the crossbow is more than a thousand years old!
The archaic crossbow dates all the way back to ancient China, but participants of the Marksman Program at the Summit can learn the shooting sport on some astounding, up-to-date equipment. Participants are trained on both skill and safety, and can practice on 60 lb. or 100 lb. crossbows.
Recently, Bryan on Scouting shared a blog post, giving us the scoop on the new program. Bryan recounts that after the 2017 jamboree, the crossbow pilot’s success will be evaluated and the BSA will then determine future development.
As of now, crossbow training is only available to participants of the Marksman Program at the Summit. If you want to experience the crossbow pilot program for yourself at the 2017 National Jamboree, learn more about the Marksman Program here!
Have you ever used a crossbow? Share your experience with us in the comments below!