I have to agree — not the Boy Scouts — especially with the newly transgendered Boy Scouts. I was an Eagle but never had firearm exposure in scouts, though many of the councils offer that now. (One of them, up north, retained me to help do some trust planning for their many guns.)
Almost twenty years ago, my wife sat down with radio host Roger Hedgecock to describe her high school experience with military training, in Soviet Ukraine:
Russia has even passed a few (relatively) pro-gun laws in recent years, (though Ukraine, badly influenced by the EU, has suicidally squelched its burgeoning militia ethic). So I am not at all surprised Russia is doing this.
That’s how they roll in Russia, where some 200,000 students between the ages of 11 to 19 hone their survival skills and learn a little history in free camps and after-school clubs under the Patriotic Education of Russian Citizens in 2016-2020 program. “People in Russia kept saying, this is like the Boy Scouts,” says Sarah Blesener, who photographed the camps in Toy Soldiers. “This is not the Boy Scouts.”
Source: The Russian Summer Camps Where Students Box and Assemble AK-47s | WIRED