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.
Shooting Sports Manual
The Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual (No 30931) contains specific guidelines for shooting sports. Important updates were made to the manual in January 2014. See the Guide to Safe Scouting: shooting sports section for additional information.
NRA instructor trainings are designed to develop NRA certified instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely teach the NRA basic firearm training courses. Through the NRA training, adults that already have subject matter expertise, learn how to conduct a firearms class the NRA way so the candidates earn the NRA Instructor certification. Learn more about becoming an NRA instructor.
Range Master Training
Operation of BB and archery ranges for Cub Scout activities and events, including Cub Scout day camp, Cub Scout or Webelos resident camp, Mom and me, dad-n-lad, parent and pal, and council-operated family camping programs require qualified, trained range masters. BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. Range master training covers setting up a range, safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment and instructing Scouts.
BSA Shooting Sports Manual (changes made January 2014)
BSA shooting sports page
Guide to Safe Scouting: shooting sports section
NRA instructor page
Shooting sports program FAQs
Shooting sports and FAQs