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Boy Scout Shooting Sports

Boy Scout Shooting Sports

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Boy Scout shooting sports can take place at any council-
approved property. This could include a BSA-approved
range or a public or private commercial range or club.
The council’s camping reservation is as an ideal location
for shooting sports. Here, safely designed ranges may be
established for the long-term camping program. Under
qualified leadership, Scouts, should be given a chance
to participate in these skills year-round. Alert unit,
district, and council leadership will discover community
resources that will be available to units throughout the
year. Local archery, angling, National Rifle Association,
and sportsmen’s groups will often provide facilities
and resources.

Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts can shoot small-bore rifle,
shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, muzzleloading shotguns,
and archery following the five levels of shooting described
in Chapter 1 for the specific discipline.


There are many year-round shooting sport opportunities
for Scouts to enjoy. Listed below are only a few of the
programs available.

Merit badge programs:

• Rifle Shooting merit badge pamphlet, No. 35942. For
requirements, see www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/
• Shotgun Shooting merit badge pamphlet, No. 35948. For
requirements, see www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts/
• Archery merit badge pamphlet, No. 35856. For
requirements, see www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts/

42 Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual

Summer camp programs. The BSA summer camp program
offers a wide variety of shooting sport opportunities for Scouts.
Contact your local council for more information on what the
council’s summer camp offers or check with other councils to
see what programs they offer that may be different.

Hunter education. Contact your local department of
natural resources for more information on hunter safety and
education, or find information online at www.hunter-ed.com.

National Rifle Association Awards

NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. This award
recognizes NRA junior members who take an active part
in shooting sports through individual participation and
educational pursuits. The award is designed to increase
awareness of the shooting sport activities available for youth.
For more information, contact NRA Youth Programs or visit
the website at www.nrahq.org/youth/achievement.asp.

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy year-round shooting
while, at the same time, a Scout can earn awards for each
level they reach. The courses of fire start at a level for
the beginning shooter’s skills, which means a Scout can
earn the first rating of Pro-Marksman even if they are just
learning to shoot. The ratings continue to advance to the
more challenging skills through the intermediate levels
(Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, and Expert) to the
nationally recognized skill level of Distinguished Expert.
The levels of shooting can be earned in each of the different
qualification courses. For more information, go to www.

National Rifle Association Postal Matches. A National
Camp Postal Match program is available with instant
recognition for participants in long-term summer camps.
Immediate recognition is provided weekly to winners in
each participating council camp. National recognition is
provided to top scorers in each division (Junior, first-year
camper; Senior, seasoned camper) in each participating
camp and to overall top scorers. For additional information,
contact the Competitions Division, National Rifle
Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
The website is www.nrahq.org/compete/dept-postal.asp.

National Rifle Association Youth Hunter Education
The website is www.nrahq.org/hunting/yhec/

Sporting clay events. Sporting clays courses offer a wide
variety of shots that simulate those found in hunting upland
birds, waterfowl, and rabbits. Each sporting clay course is
unique and presents a mix of close, midrange, and distant
shots traveling at various speeds from several traps. Refer to
the Shotgun Shooting merit badge book for more information.

Five-stand sporting clays. Scouts can test their skills in a
modified five-stand environment.

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