Beginning Monday,  over 100,000 Boy Scouts from around the world will kick off the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.  Celebrating 100 years of Scouting, the 2010 edition of the event is expected to draw over 140,000 Scouts, troop leaders and support staff.  Crosman is the exclusive provider for the Jamboree’s air gun events: Bikeathlon, shooting range and Explorer.  Over 1,000,000 pellets will be fired from Crosman air guns during the course of the 10-day event.

The Bikeathlon is the brainchild of Crosman ProStaffer Bob Soldivera, a longtime supporter of Boy Scouts of America.  When asked about putting together a new event for Scouts, “I contacted a biathlon friend of mine and got the idea for using bikes intead of skis.”  Mr. Soldivera continues to oversee the Bikeathlon as Crosman’s onsite representative, along with other air gun activities during the Jamboree.  The Bikeathlon is a timed event that requires the Scout to ride a bicycle along a course, stopping to shoot a Crosman 1077 at a target, then continuing on the bike. While speed on the course is important, it is accuracy on the range that can make the difference.  Deductions based on shooting performance will be made to reach the final time for the event.

The video above is an interview with a local Scout going to his first Jamboree.  Look for Part 2 later this week!

2 Responses

  1. Raymond Gysler

    I actually first saw bikeathalon in 1987 at the Raahauge Preserve in Corona, CA in 1986. Since they used pellet rifles I would assume this is where the true origin began.

  2. Raymond Gysler

    I meant in 1986 or 1987. Syntax is screwed up in my previous.