A Scout Bounces Back

Having two of my three boys work at Boy Scout Camp I find myself bouncing around the Reservation quite a bit, where I have the opportunity to meet many fine young men and women.  Everyone has a story to tell and I find myself regularly in awe of the dedication and outstanding character of the staff who work there.

Scout Sean Grapin of Troop 345 takes instruction from assistant shotgun instructor Ian Pike at Camp Olmsted on the Goshen Scout Reservation outside of Lexington, Virginia.  The Reservation is part of the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.

The following was written by Adrian Vigneault, the lead shotgun instructor at Camp Olmsted.

When teaching shotgun, we always say call pull when ready, and we will be right behind you.  Only its not to catch you, its to catch the gun in case it falls, because scouts bounce back.

It came to my realization that it applies to a Scouter’s life as well.  We get called on, and step to the plate to look over our field of life.  We are given opportunity which is our gun, then we load it with a shell which is our ammo for success. 

Always stand forward with your head down, like you are going to charge.  Keep fortitude in your stance to prepare for the recoil.  When you are ready, just call pull as loud as you can, to make sure you are heard.  In life it is Always important to make your presence known if you are attempting a goal.  The clay flies, along with your challenge.  You point.  You shoot.  The recoil knocks you back.  You might miss. You might hit it, you might fall on your ass.  The most important thing is to dust off.  Stretch out.  Grab your shot gun.  And yell pull again. 

A scout bounces back.

And even if you are unsuccessful the first few to 100 times.  A scout will know to keep calling pull, until his shoulder is bruised, and keep getting up.  Because when you do break that clay.  You now own it. You earned it.  And you keep doing it.

A scout bounces back.

You can almost smell the powder.

Happy Scout, happy camper.

Adrian on the trap.  Pull!

Older bother Eric gets in on the action with a 12 gauge under the watchful eye of Adrian.

Adrian Vigneault is the current shotgun instructor at Camp Olmsted and just spent this past summer mentoring hundreds of eager scouts with their shotgun merit badges.  Prior to his summer commitment he was an Instructor to the US Military on IED detection and before that a DOD Instructor for the Iraqi Military teaching vehicle maintenance.  Upon returning to the US, Adrian took a job within the Fairfax County School system as a substitute teacher.  This was the perfect set up to allow Adrian to do what he had always wanted to do which was to be on summer staff at a Boy Scout Camp.  Camp Olmsted is fortunate to have him.

Says Adrian, “…the foundation I received from scouting was something I’ve always cherished.”

Adrian continues with his education pursuing his BA in History at George Mason University.  He hopes to return to Camp Olmsted next summer where he made many new friends that feel like family, but his quest for future full time employment may override that dream.  You can find Adrian and his impressive work history right here on Linked IN.

Good luck to you Adrian!


  • Mike Meyer - August 8, 2013 - 6:51 AM

    Hey Dan, great pictures of the boys. Funny you talk about shotgun shooting since my son took that merit badge at camp just two weeks ago. We went to Hensen Scout Reservation in Maryland. My son didn’t think the recoil was that bad but just holding that heavy 12 gauge up for 50 rounds was tough. Ole dad even got to shoot the 12 gauge and did pretty well. I look forward to seeing more pictures of camp and possibly going back to Goshen next year. Have a great day.

    Mike Meyer

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