Boy Scouts host 9th Annual Sporting Clays Classic

The Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting the 9th Annual Sporting Clays Classic at Camp Don Harrington on Saturday.

Friday gave the teams a chance to practice their shooting and enjoy burgers grilled by the Boy Scouts. The main event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and is scheduled to last until 4 p.m.

More than 250 shooters will fire at clay targets from 14 different stands throughout the course. Businesses have comprised teams, as well as friends who are just getting together for a good time.

The money raised by the event will go to different scouting programs for the Boy Scouts.

Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole left his suit behind and grabbed his shotgun for a day of practice with his friends, and he said Palo Duro Canyon is the perfect setting for the event.

"We have a great place to do it with the canyons and a lot of relief and different areas for targets to fly," he said. "It's just a lot of fun."

More than 200 volunteers will be helping out on Saturday, some of which are Boy Scouts.

Anthony Escobar of the Golden Spread Council said some of the boys are working for fun and others are increasing service hours in hopes of earning a badge, belt loops or moving up in the ranks.

"The three fundamental tenets of boy scouting are duty to God, duty to country and service to others, service being what the boys are doing today," he said. "We very much like to teach our boys, our future men, to look at the world beyond their small sphere and to look at how they can give back and serve."