Boy Scout Shoot-Out Broke Numbers Not Just Clays

by Jamie Niland for the Alamo Area BSA: June 13, 2016 (photos courtesy of Soobum Im) 


In it’s fourteenth year, the 2016 Boy Scout Shoot-Out was an overwhelming sporting clays success! The day started with a lot of organization and preparation, setting up gift bags, door prizes, silent auction items, raffle items, live auction items; and icing down all the Gatorades and craft beverages.

“The Boy Scout Shoot-Out sponsored by Valero Energy Foundation was a total blast; and, although there was 100% chance for rain that day, we were definitely blessed by the big Scout in the sky!” exclaimed Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive/CEO for the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.

Registration for the shoot-out started at 10 a.m. in the National Shooting Complex’s clubhouse. An estimated 262 participants were expected to come out to this shooting event. Registration included signing in, picking up a gift bag, and viewing the items in the silent and live auction as well as the raffle items.  248 shooters were checked in by 11:00 a.m. raising a total of $87,050 in registrations.

The silent auction was composed of over 50 different items, including training rifles, chocolate pearls, gift certificates, Tito’s gift baskets, and many other valuable prizes. All the silent auction items were set up on display for bidders to view. Right in front of the item was a bid sheet where the bidder left their name, phone number and their highest bid. The silent auction items raised a total of $6,620.

The raffle included 4 different items, a yeti hopper cooler and waterproof side kick packed full of craft beverages; a 9mm handgun, a free turkey hunt out at the Boy Scout’s Bear Creek Scout Reservation, and a free membership at the National Shooting Complex with 500 complementary targets. The raffle tickets were running 1 for $20, 3 for $50, or 10 for $100. Along with our 4 raffle items, we were offering a 52-card raffle. This type of raffle results in a 1 in 52 chance that anyone who entered could win. The prize? A 9mm CZ 75 handgun. The 52-card raffle was a hot commodity as you can imagine, selling out before registration was over. Tickets to enter the 52-card raffle ran 1 for $50.  All together both raffles raised a total of $9,690.

The shoot out began around 12 p.m. after a short briefing about firearm safety and use. The shooters were all assigned a golf cart to navigate around the shooting complex courses.  Before we knew it, the echoes of shotguns filled the 671 acres of the National Shooting Complex. Myself, and three other volunteers were running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to keep everyone happy and hydrated.  We were driving back and forth from the shooting fields to the clubhouse to retrieve beverages, band-aides, sunscreen, ear buds and anything else the shooters requested.

The shooters had rotated through all of their stations, and targets by 5:30 p.m. and started heading back to the clubhouse for dinner catered by Big B Construction, Allen & Allen Lumber Co., and Memco.  A ton of craft beverages, and other adult drinks awaited the shooters at the clubhouse. All were thrilled about the bounty.

Once everyone had gotten their food and beverage of choice, it was time to start the live auction. The live auction was composed of 17 items, including things like guided animal hunts, yeti coolers filled with goodies, and of course guns.  The live auction had an outstanding turnout, and raised $43,075.

Around 6:30 p.m. the Boy Scout Shoot Out was coming to a close. All that was left to do was deliver silent auction items to winners and polish off the little bit of the drinks that were left over.  Volunteers and staff with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, stayed around to help clean and pack up what was left over from the event.

The 2016 Boy Scout Shoot Out was a great success, raising a total gross of $146,482. It was the highest grossing sporting clays event ever.  The Alamo Area Council was elated with the turnout and cannot wait for the annual event to happen again next year. All net proceeds generated support the council-wide programs and activities of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. 

For official Boy Scout Shoot Out 2016 shooting results, please download the PDF HERE or visit the following link