Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 32
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BENEATH A NASHVILLE
BY BILL SIMON
Photos by Matt Bradley
THE FACT THAT IT'S 9:30 on a Saturday
morning has little to do with the unreality of the
scene. A rhythmic pounding of disco music
blares through the speakers of a public address
system in the center of an open field. The
Nashville skyline looms in the background like a
concrete and steel sentinel. Radiating from the
center of the field, long columns of Scouts,
several hundred strong, face each other across
ten yards of no man's land. Reality for these boys
has been temporarily suspended. At this moment
they're Scout-vaders, stellar warriors from op-
posing starships, armed with yellow "moonball
missiles," preparing to blast each other in a game
called "Moonball Bombardment."
Suddenly, a cannon fires. Each column lets
loose a deadly barrage. Those that are hit drop to
the ground and count to 100. Others dodge
frantically, only to find they've snapped the
"lifelines" they're tethered to. If it happens twice,
they're out of the game. Yellow plastic moon-
balls careen back and forth in crazy trajectories.
At a distance, it looks like a giant popcorn
popper without a lid. Gradually the bombard-
(Top) Opposing sides lobbed "moonballs" at each other. (Above) Event
leaders plotted staging of games. (Lower right) Pioneering work offered
rookie and veteran Scouts a chance for some teamwork.
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Boy Scouts of America. Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979, periodical, October 1979; New Brunswick, New Jersey. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth353681/m1/32/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boy Scouts of America National Scouting Museum.