Tomahawk throwing for Scouts? Really?
I was a little wary about the whole idea (you should be too!) so I checked the Guide to Safe Scouting just to be sure and here is what I found:
Archery and Knife and Tomahawk Throwing
These are approved activities for Boy Scouts and Venturers following the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety (PDF)
Note that the Guide specifies ‘Boy Scouts and Ventures’ – so this is not an approved activity for Cub Scouts. If you aren’t already familiar with the ‘Sweet 16′ you ought to be. Apply those simple concepts to tomahawk throwing for Scouts and you’ll be able to add it to your program safely.
I received two tomahawks from the folks at Hatchetsandaxes.com to test and review. We took them camping with us this past weekend set up a safe range (following the advice in the manual available from Hatchets and Axes) and the Scouts had a great time learning to throw tomahawks. The only downside was we only had two tomahawks! Hatchets and axes offers discount packages for Scout troops, so we’ll get a few more tomahawks before our next trip.
I received a full-sized tomahawk and a ‘mouse hawk’. The mouse hawk is easier for smaller people to throw. Both stood up to lot’s of misses, a throwing tomahawk takes some pretty heavy hits! From my point of view tomahawk throwing for Scouts is a safe, simple and relatively inexpensive activity that I am sure will become a staple of our outings.
Chris Watkins, the man behind Hatchets and axes, wrote an article for Scouting Magazine “How to (safely) add tomahawk throwing to your next Scouting event” with great advice on how to safely and accurately throw a tomahawk. Chris (as you may have guessed) is an Eagle Scout. Chris offers a broad selection of other wood’s tools at Hatchetsandaxes.com.
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