Slingshots and Wrist Rockets
Using slingshots is an affordable, fun activity in council sponsored camps. Boys love to shoot slingshots, and many have not had previous experience with them. Although exciting and fun, slingshots are not toys. Boys must understand that they must follow the rules when shooting or they will not be allowed to participate. Remember the story of David and Goliath. Shooting items from slingshots and wrist rockets can be dangerous. For these activities, follow the same safety guidelines and rules as used for BB gun shooting. Always shoot at a range such as an archery or BB gun shooting range.
Slingshots are usually fork-shaped (Y) and made out of very strong and durable wood or aluminum. Broom wood, which is both strong and lightweight and lends itself to carving, is also good for slingshots. Wrist rockets are a type of slingshot. They are designed to brace against the wrist and therefore seem to be steadier. Many companies sell excellent slingshots and wrist rockets. Companies that sell BB guns or archery equipment would be good resources for these items. Less expensive slingshots and wrist rockets are available from chain stores.
Targets for slingshots and wrist rockets can be made from a variety of materials, including paper, cans, plastic bottles, and balloons. Paper targets can be homemade or purchased. Cans are excellent as they make a great sound when hit. Cans, plastic bottles, and balloons can be hung from strings or attached to netting. Practice with the slingshot or wrist rocket on a bull’s-eye about 2 inches in diameter and with the target 10 feet away, then move the target out to 25 yards.
Items shot from slingshots and wrist rockets are considered ammunition. Generally people use small rocks and pebbles; however, this is not appropriate for Cub Scouts. Instead, use a softer ammunition such as pinto beans or even soft chunky dog food. Ammunition such as ball bearings may not be used.
Slingshot and Wrist Rocket Guidelines
(Instructions are for right-handed shooters. Reverse instructions for left-handed shooters where applicable.)