It's Come To This: Water Gun Fights Banned Between Boy Scouts

Posted: May 20, 2015 2:30 PM
It's Come To This: Water Gun Fights Banned Between Boy Scouts

Just in time for summer the Boy Scouts of America, an iconic organization that has taught important principles for decades, has banned water fights between scouts because they are "unkind." A limit on the size of water balloons has also been implemented.

The official source for this information: the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, available as a PDF right here.

You’ll find the relevant sentence on page 99. It reads: “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

Water balloons, meanwhile, have a size limit: “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball.” (Page 100)

If you need more explanation, see page 61 of the Guide to Safe Scouting. The key paragraph reads:

“Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is unauthorized. Scout units may plan or participate in paintball, laser tag or similar events where participants shoot at targets that are neither living nor human representations.”

Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: “A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?”

This move can only be described as absurd. I understand the thought process of not wanting boys to point weapons at each other, and I respect it, but for crying out loud we're talking about toy water guns and limits on the size of water balloons (for the record, smaller water balloons hurt more and are harder to break on impact). 

The emasculation and wussification of America's boys, who eventually grow up to be men, continues. Before you know it we'll be living in a country full of basement dwelling, pajama and skinny jean wearing "men." Oh wait, we already are.