The Boy Scouts of America recently released a list of approved activities for their members and have revealed that water gun fights are prohibited.
The list also makes mention that water balloons must be no larger than a ping-pong ball.
According to the 2015 Boy Scout’s Manual, “Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is unauthorized. Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”
The organization’s leaders released a statement on their blog on May 6 explaining why the prohibition is in place.
“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?” Bryan Wendell wrote on the website.
As for water balloons, the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual states that scouts must “use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping-pong ball.”
Along with the new stipulations put in place for water guns and water balloons, the organization also has a list of other banned items such as boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns, and marshmallow guns, according to the Washington Times.
Many people took to the comment section of the blog to voice their opinions and concerns.
“This makes the BSA look ridiculous and has little if any impact on safety,” commented Gary Holeiwnski.
“Sometimes I just have to laugh out loud at how idiotic some things in our society have become,” added Gary USMC. “We can’t squirt each other with water guns because it is a ‘simulated’ gun. I can’t believe BSA is so worried about the PC police that it has a policy like this.”
Another commenter added: “Yes, let’s carry every policy to the absurd extreme. That will certainly help scouts shed that geeky image.”
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