No shooting range at Fiesta Island Boy Scout camp

Scouts do offer badges in rifle, shotgun shooting

SAN DIEGO - As of early Monday afternoon, the tents were still up at Boy Scouts camp on Fiesta Island. It is one of three Boy Scout camps in the county.

"It's a very popular, highly-attended camp," said one former staffer who chose to remain anonymous. 

He was on the staff for the camp last year. He said there are no bag checks but there are medical checks.

"Staff members who are trained to certify medical checks go over the medical forms, make sure all the campers – adults and youth alike – just are OK," he said.

Team 10 looked into other Boy Scout camps, including one in Balboa Park and another in Santa Ysabel called Mataguay Scout Ranch. According to its website, Camp Balboa has a BB gun range. The East County camp has a rifle range.

When it comes to gun handling, the former camp staffer said the rifle and shotgun badges are taught to the youth responsibly. 

"They teach the students, the campers, safe handling (and) how to properly hold and maintain the gun," he said.

The Boy Scouts website states its firearms rules: "Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms... firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking, backpacking, or other Scouting activities except those specifically planned for target shooting."

Since there was no shooting range at the Fiesta Island camp, the former staffer and Eagle Scout said there was no need for any weapon.

"Whoever brought the weapon, whether it was an adult leader or the youth himself, did break the Boy Scouts' rules as well as the city park's (rules)," he said.

The scout who died in Monday's shooting was from Las Vegas. A spokesperson for the San Diego-Imperial County Boy Scouts says there are more than 18,000 youths registered in the scouting program locally.

On the San Diego-Imperial Council Boy Scouts website, a statement was posted about the incident which said in part:

"This incident was not the result of the program at Camp Fiesta Island and poses no further risk to campers or staff."

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