Shooting Sports

Purpose of BSA Shooting Sports

Shooting sports have the ability to attract and retain youth in the movement. Millions of young people participate in one or more of the sports annually—archery, rifle shooting, shotgun activities, etc.—guided by adult volunteers who have the skills and knowledge to provide quality programs in a safe and effective way.

Program Specific Information

Check out the program specific links below.

Cub Scouts Shooting Sports

Scouts BSA Shooting Sports

Venture & Sea Scout 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 .

 

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

Important information about National Camping School 2019 – 

NRA Instructor Course Pre-Requisites: As of July 2018 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 at one of the following trainings, 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 [email protected] .

Instructor Training opportunities 2019

This NRA Certification is required to attend National Camp School Shooting Sports Section. This course is designed for your shooting sports staff will be attending NCS in 2018 or volunteers on your shooting sports committees to run year-round district and council shooting sports programs as rifle and shotgun instructors.

Additional information regarding BSA Pistol Shooting activities, training and requirements  

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 Resident Camp Programs prior to offering these activities

 

Additional Shooting Sports Resources

 New 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.

Boy Scouts of America/National Rifle Association Brownell Youth Ambassador Program

A Scout and a Venturer or Sea Scout are chosen annually to represent our program as a youth ambassador for the NRA Brownell Youth Ambassador Program. The application for submission and more information about the program can be obtained by clicking this link. Applications are due August 1 for consideration and should be submitted electronically to [email protected].

 

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

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: [email protected]