Shooting Sports

Related links:

BSA Shooting Sports Manual

BSA Shooting Sports Program FAQs

BSA Guide To Safe Scouting

SVMBC Shooting Sports Committee Google Group

Shooting Sports Permission Rev. 2017

 


Shooting Sports Opportunities

Cub Scout Shoot-Out

WHAT:    This fun-filled day will teach safety and proper BB, archery, and slingshot shooting techniques as well as give Tigers through Webelos an opportunity to focus on their Rank Specific Shooting Sports awards for Archery, BB Gun or Sling Shot.

Visit the Cub Scout Activities Page to Learn More

 

 

 


Shooting Sports Adult Training

NRA Certifications

There is one type of non-instructor (RSO), and 4 types of NRA instructors that are of importance to shooting with Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting. Rifle Instructor can also be useful for Cub Scouting.

  • Range Safety Officer (RSO) – this is not an instructor, but is required when any type of shooting is underway.
  • Basic Rifle Instructor – required when shooting rifle
  • Basic Shotgun Instructor – required when shooting shotgun
  • CO-OP Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor (or) Muzzle Loading Instructor – Required when shooting muzzle loading rifle (aka: black powder)
  • Basic Pistol Instructor – required when shooting pistol

At most shooting events outside of scout summer camp, the requirement is to have at a minimum one RSO, and one instructor for the specific discipline.

How to become an Instructor:

Reference: Certification requirements:  https://pacsky.org/training/adult-training/shooting-sports-training/nra-instructor-certification-requirements/

  • You must have familiarity with the specific topic, such as Rifle, Shotgun, etc.
    • You must be able to shoot.
    • You  must be familiar with operating different types of actions.
    • You must be familiar with the common malfunctions, and how to clear them.
    • You can get this familiarity by attending and assisting with scout shooting events.
  • You must attend and pass the basic class, taught by a current instructor.
    • This is usually a 2 or 3 day class, and includes some limited range time.
  • You sign up for an instructor class. These are taught by an NRA Training Counselors (TC).
    • This class does NOT guarantee you pass and become certified as an instructor. Most people do pass.
    • There are classes regularly scheduled by the PacSky council, in Foster City.
      • Schedule and sign-ups: https://pacsky.org/training/adult-training/shooting-sports-training/
      • A typical schedule is:
        • Friday evening, 5 PM – 9 PM:  I call it “How to teach” the NRA way.
        • Saturday 8 AM – 5 PM: Classroom practice teaching the basic class.
        • Sunday 8 AM – 5 PM: Range practice teaching the basic class.
      • The cost of a course given by PacSky is very reasonable.
    • There are other classes scheduled outside of scouting. They typically cost more than scouting-only courses. See:
  • Once you have passed the NRA Instructor course, you pay your registration fee to the NRA Training department.
    • You must renew your instructor registration about every 2 years. This requires a small fee.

How to become a Range Safety Officer (RSO)

  • You must have familiarity with shooting, inluding Rifle, Shotgun, etc.
    • You  must be familiar with operating different types of actions.
    • You must be familiar with the common malfunctions, and how to clear them.
    • You can get this familiarity by attending and assisting with scout shooting events.
  • IF YOU ARE an NRA Instructor
  • IF YOU ARE NOT an NRA Instructor
    • You sign up for an RSO class. These are taught by an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) or Training Counselor (TC)
    • This class does NOT guarantee you pass and become certified as an RSO. Most people do pass.
    • There are classes regularly scheduled by the PacSky council, in Foster City.
    • There are other classes scheduled outside of scouting. They typically cost more than scouting-only courses. See:
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