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Troop 21 Scout Brendin Adams of Putnam, aims a shotgun at a clay target down-range during a recent troop program at the trap-shooting range at the Rockville Fish and Game Club, while club Chairperson for Trap and Skeet Jason Stansfield, of Manchester, showed him what to do. The 11-year-old Scout learned how to safely fire a shotgun for the first time that afternoon. Photo by John D. Ryan.
ROCKVILLE — Recently, Boy Scouts from Troop 21 in Putnam had their first experience shooting shotguns, when they paid a visit to the Rockville Fish and Game Club.
“This was definitely a ‘safety first’ activity,” said Troop 21 Scoutmaster Peter A. Lombardo of Putnam, himself an experienced trap shooter. “The club let us use their excellent trap-shooting range and gave us a qualified instructor who knows how to deal with boys who’ve never done this before.”
In keeping with usual trap shooting procedures, the Scouts and their adult leaders fired at small, orange, clay targets launched down-range into the air by a machine, to simulate the flight of game birds.
Family members came along and did some shooting as well, both for added safety and to give them a first-hand look at what Troop 21 Scouts can do.
“This taught our boys to use firearms safely and responsibly, both individually and as a family,” Lombardo said. 
“One of the best things Scouting does is give boys a chance to challenge themselves in a safe environment where they can try new things they might not otherwise get to do. Our troop is committed to that.” 
Chartered to, and meeting at, St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Putnam, Troop 21 is open to any boy aged 11 to 17. 
Scouts do not have to be Catholic or be members of the church.
There’s more coming up before Troop 21 spends a week at Scout camp in July, with a river rafting weekend and Paw Sox game in Pawtucket.
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