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Shooting Sports Training and Certifications

In Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members. To achieve that goal, the BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for the shooting sports. These organizations also provide training and instructor certification by discipline-specific subject matter experts to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities.

The National Rifle Association states the goal of its Instructor Training Program is to develop instructors who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude to teach the safe handling and proper use of firearms. In general, for all certifying organizations, the instructor candidate must meet specific eligibility requirements, satisfactorily complete the instructor training curriculum, understand and agree to the responsibilities of a certified instructor, and maintain active certification status.

In addition, Westchester-Putnam Council requires instructors to be certified on our ranges by completing a 30 minute range orientation given by a member of the shooting sports committee. For more information, contact VP of Program  Donna Ragusa

Listed here are the shooting sports training certifications recognized by the Boy Scouts of America.

BSA Training

BSA National Camping School

Successful completion of the National Camping School shooting sports curriculum includes the practical training, testing, and approval for the candidate to apply for instructor credentials as an NRA certified rifle instructor, NRA certified shotgun instructor, NRA/ NMLRA muzzleloading rifle instructor, NRA certified pistol instructor, NRA range safety officer, and USA Archery (NADA) basic archery instructor (Level 1).

Range Master Training

Cub Scouting Operation of BB and archery ranges for Cub Scout activities and events, including Cub Scout day camp, Cub Scout or Webelos resident camp,  and council-operated family camping programs require qualified, trained range masters.

Cub Scout BB and archery range master training is administered by the council’s shooting sports committee and is conducted by a BSA shooting sports director or a National Rifle Association currently certified rifle instructor and a USA Archery/NFAA instructor for archery. This certification is valid for two years.

A currently certified NRA rifle instructor is qualified to serve as a BB range master. A currently certified USA Archery/ NFAA basic archery instructor or National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) basic archery instructor may serve as the archery range master for Cub Scout archery activities. BSA registration is required.

National Rifle Association Training

NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

An NRA certified rifle instructor is required to provide instruction for BSA rifle shooting activities involving Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts. The NRA rifle instructor may teach the BSA 30-Minute Rifle Briefing, the NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation, the Rifle Shooting merit badge using the BSA Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Teaching Guide, and the eight-hour NRA Basic Rifle Course.

A currently certified NRA rifle instructor is qualified to serve as a BB range master for Cub Scout BB shooting activities. The NRA rifle instructor course is 14 hours and includes classroom and range activities with student teaching, evaluation, and testing. The course is conducted by an NRA training counselor.

NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor

An NRA certified shotgun instructor is required to provide instruction for BSA shotgun shooting activities involving Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts. The NRA shotgun instructor may teach the BSA 30-Minute Shotgun Briefing, the NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Orientation, the Shotgun Shooting merit badge using the BSA Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Teaching Guide, and the eight-hour NRA Basic Shotgun Course. The NRA shotgun instructor course is 11 hours and includes classroom and range activities with student teaching, evaluation, and testing. The course is conducted by an NRA training counselor.

NRA Range Safety Officer

An NRA range safety officer is required to provide live firing range supervision for all shooting activities involving Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts. No other certification is accepted. The NRA range safety officer is responsible for the range operation. The NRA basic range safety officer instructor course is nine hours and includes classroom and range activities with student teaching, evaluation, and testing. The course is conducted by an NRA chief range safety officer or NRA training counselor.

Archery Training

USA Archery/NFAA Level 1 Instructor

This universal USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification course is administered by USA Archery, the official organization for Olympic archery. This training program is conducted in conjunction with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA). Candidates for the Level 1 instructor certification are primarily camp counselors and those working with entry-level students. The eight-hour curriculum includes range setup and safety, steps of shooting, basic equipment repair, coaching positions, and testing.

USA Archery/NFAA Level 1 archery instructors may teach the Basic Archery course and the Archery merit badge. To serve as a merit badge counselor, he or she must hold a current BSA registration as a merit badge counselor. In addition, the certified instructor may serve as a range master for a Cub Scout archery activity.

USA Archery/NFAA Level 2 Instructor

Candidates for the Level 2 instructor certification are instructors who currently hold a Level 1 certification, want to teach the Level 1 instructor course, and are working with intermediate-level students. The curriculum includes range setup and safety, steps of shooting, equipment setup and repair, fitting equipment to an archer, how to teach archery, and how to teach a Level 1 instructor course, and is conducted by a Level 3 coach.

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