SHOOTING SPORTS

SCOUTING SHOOTING SPORTS

Purpose of BSA Shooting Sports

The Purpose of BSA shooting sports is to introduce youth to shooting. The BSA shooting programs are based on age appropriateness and safety with the goal of developing a positive shooting experience for each youth. 

Program Specific Information

Cub Scouts Shooting Sports

In May 2018 Cub Scout Shooting Sports Age Appropriate guidelines changed. 

The Cub Scout Shooting Sports documents are in process of being updated so please use the Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities for guidance on appropriate shooting sports programs .

Scouts BSA Shooting Sports

Venture & Sea Scout Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports and National Camping School/NCAP

Shooting Sports is an important part of our BSA camping operations. In order to have a safe and fun shooting sports program, the BSA has set forth safety standards and training for all volunteers and staff who will be in charge of Shooting Sports Activities. For a complete list of these standards, see the links below. 

National Camp Accreditation Program

National Camping School

NRA Instructor course listings:

2020 Dates

Hosted by: Old North State Council

Council Contact: Bud Harrelson

2021 Dates

NRA Instructor Course Pre-Requisites: All BSA shooting sports candidates MUST take a basic student class in their discipline before attending the instructor class.   Therefore, before you can attend and be certified as a NRA Rifle and Shotgun instructor, you MUST already have taken and passed NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun classes. The BSA and NRA offer these courses at discounted prices across the country or you can attend any commercial NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun classes. To find a Basic Rifle and/or Shotgun course in  your area, please visit: www.nrainstructors.org . If you have any questions, please email shootingsports@Scouting.org .

Hosted by: Southwest Florida Council

Council Contact: Bruce Hassy

Hosted by: Flint River Council 

Council Contact: Andrea Strawn

Hosted by: Pathway to Adventure Council

Council Contact: Terry Dutton

Hosted by: Five Rivers Council

Council Contact: Karl Ziegenfus

Hosted by: Old North State Council

Council Contact: Bud Harrelson

Hosted by: Crossroads of the West Council 

Council Contact: Jeremy Bell

Hosted by: Indian Nations Council 

Council Contact: Scott Thiessen

Hosted by: Illowa Council

Council Contact: Amy Borgstede

Hosted by: Laurel Highlands Council

Council Contact: Mike Manner

Hosted by: Seneca Waterways Council

Council Contact: Don DeClerk

BSA Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Training

2021 Dates

Prerequisites:

  1. Councils wishing to offer the program also need to complete the form Shooting Sports Application to Long-Term Camp Programs to be able to offer the program and for the candidate to be admitted to the course. 
  2. The candidate must be approved by the local council
  3. The candidate must agree to help the local council in the year round program
  4. Candidates must be certified in NRA Pistol Instructor and present those certificates,cards to the Chief BSA Scouting Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Instructor. The Chief Instructor will confirm that the candidates are eligible to attend the course based on this information. (Prior to arrival at the course)
  5. The candidates must have read and reviewed the NRA Basic of Pistol Shooting Lesson Plan-ILT and be familiar and read the power points of NRA Basic of Pistol Shooting lesson plans.  
  6. The candidate must have taught the basic of Pistol Shooting Course at least twice in the last six months.  Each of these courses must have a minimum of 2 students. These course must be documented in the NRA Instructors website and confirmed by the Chief BSA Scouting Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Instructor. 
  7. The candidate must bring a copy of the lessons plans and the power points.  The candidate must be proactive before coming to the course.  This means the candidate must have rehearsed delivering syllabuses.  
  8. The candidate must be able to pass the NRA Pistol Instructor course of fire using a .22 cal pistol. 
During the course:
  1.  The candidates will present the entire course to the instructors facilitating the course.  
  2. The instructors will evaluate each candidate for proficiency and competence while teaching the lesson plans. 
  3. The course instructors will make recommendations for improvement and the instructor candidates will present the entire BSA Scouting Pistol Safety and Marksmanship  class to youth.  This instruction will determine whether the candidate will successfully complete the course and be certified. Candidates who are found to be deficient in presenting the lessons plans will not pass this course. 

Hosted by: Illowa Council

Council Contact: Amy Borgstede

Additional information regarding BSA Pistol Shooting activities, training and requirements 

NEW: Due to a large number of changes and additions to BSA Shooting Sports since the Shooting Sports Manual was released, here are some corrected and supplemental information to follow until a new Shooting Sports Manual is produced.

Shooting Sports Manual Supplement

Chalk Ball, Sporting Arrows, Pistol Safety and Marksmanship program, Cowboy Action Shooting 

If your council plans to offer these programs, you must complete the  Shooting Sports Application to Long-Term Camp Programs prior to offering these activities.

Additional Shooting Sports Resources

BSA Range Design Standards

Download the new design document: range design 

Your council must engage an architect or engineer locally to ensure your final design incorporates local geography and is meeting all local standards and laws for your county or state.  The guidelines established are minimum standards, the final design must contain the projectile within the range. Designing an all-purpose range is not desirable because of the specific differences in the disciplines.

 

Procedures to Use Public or Private Property for a Shooting Sports Range

This worksheet must be used to determine if public or private land is suitable for use as a shooting sports range.

Contact at: shooting.sports@scouting.org