Once again you are my hero, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your due diligence in providing all these resources. I will pour over them as I prepare to run this camp. I am humbled by depth of your wisdom, and seek your mentor-ship in this matter.
District does not run a summer camp in Okinawa since it is to humid and hot, with a large chance of a typhoon canceling the event.
Last year the Cub Scout Day Camp was held on USMC Base Camp Lester, where district had archery, slingshots, and BB Guns. Far East Council BSA Spring Camp during Spring Break at USN White Beach also featured archery and BB guns. My plan was to hold Day Camp on Camp Lester again, due to its many resources, which include District HQ, and Far East HQ. I plan to use single Marines, and Airman to staff the event. My plan would start early getting them YPT as I have ran into a lot of Eagle Scout Marines eager to help.
From what you stated it seems that this new standards change only applies to BSA properties.
I hunted elk, deer and antelope with a bow, and we used broad heads, so I am familiar with archery, and of course 26 years in the US Army, 20 of those in US Army Special Forces I am familiar with running a range safely as we train foreign soldiers from around the world. Yet the question is do we need to have a piece of paper to run a range safely according to the BSA guidelines?
My fear is we get so tied to certifications and sub-contracting out in order to nationalize standards we miss fundamentals of scouting, and the possibility that Councils and Districts still can be responsible for the training and safety of their instructors and thus the scouts.
Did a change made by National Training School just make it impossible to teach these subjects and stay in accordance with BSA guidelines?
Yes, I agree I need to do more research locally, and we may have instructors who are fully qualified. Yet I also realize that our units are not in middle America but rather all come from US Military families from four branches on Okinawa; and Parents should through military training have the skills we need to safely train our scouts as they are the same that train recruits in basic training, and should not that be an acceptable alternative to an NRA certification?
Bottom Line is I want these young scouts to experience the maximum they can, safely.