Originally Posted by HackD
Another option for your son, is the Cadet movement.
While i understand that it has been watered down significantly since my involvement in the first half of the 80's, they do still have the opportunity for 'range activities', mainly the Army cadets with pellet rifles. In my day with the Air Cadets, it was Lee Enfield's re-chambered and re-barreled to .22 in the basement of a local high school with a range - and the very occasional opportunity to go to an outdoors range with somewhat battered FNC1A1's.
There are (or were, in my memory) many more life-experience benefits to joining the Cadet movement, even if it has been watered down by the demands of Suzy-Soccer mom's everywhere nowadays.
I learned about some of the most useful skills in life from Air Cadets that I would never have learned at school. Guns or not, this is a good idea.