Friday, March 24, 2017

Windham Weaponry makes major gift to Maine Boy Scouts

Windham Weaponry, Maine based manufacturer of quality firearms, has made a major donation to the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America. Windham Weaponry’s gift raises the Scouts’ capital campaign to rebuild 4 Scout camps, well past 1.5 million dollars in funding and materials.  In recognition of Windham Weaponry’s gift, the shooting range complex at Camp William Hinds will be named the “Windham Weaponry Youth Shooting Sports Ranges.”

In 2013, the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America partnered with the Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) to train National Guard and Reserve troops from around the country. Since 2013, hundreds of troops from Guard and Reserve Air Force, Army and Marine Corps units, from as far away as Puerto Rico and Hawaii, partnered and built a 500 seat, 4-season dining hall, parking lot, roads, cabins, upgraded electric and sewer, climbing elements and more, as a part of their training.

The most visible and programmatically exciting IRT project is the new shooting sports range complex, which includes: 4 multi-use bays, 5 range pavilions, a shotgun range, and a 100 meter rifle range; the only Boy Scout-owned range of its type on the East Coast - all built to modern safety standards. Windham Weaponry’s gift provided materials for United States Marines and Airmen to build the state of the art ranges.   

“We believe in teaching youth and families the safe, responsible enjoyment of shooting sports, and the Boy Scouts of America does that extremely well” said Warren Dyke, President of Windham Weaponry. “We are pleased to provide an exciting and safe experience for all youth and families who visit Camp Hinds,” said Richard Dyke, owner of Windham Weaponry.  

“We are humbled by Windham Weaponry’s commitment to Maine youth and the thousands of Scouts who travel to Camp Hinds each year,” said Horace Horton, former Pine Tree Council board president and co-chair of the Pine Tree Council, BSA capital campaign. “Windham Weaponry’s gift will provide character development and education for generations of Scouts”.  

Serving more than 6,000 coed youth and 2,500 registered volunteers, the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s foremost youth programs promoting character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on Scouting, please contact Eric Tarbox at: 207-797-5252.

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