Shooting Sports

The Council encourages units to experience shooting sports. To ensure unit activities are planned and conducted safely, they must follow the council shooting sports policy.

Cub Scout Shooting Sports

Archery and BB-gun shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. ARCHERY, BB-GUN AND PELLET GUN SHOOTING ARE NOT TO BE DONE AT THE DEN AND PACK LEVEL.

Archery and BB gun shooting belt loops and pins may be earned only at the camps and activities listed above. These programs are designed to emphasize safety and marksmanship development under the direction of trained range officers using nationally approved instructional methods.

Cub Scouts may not shoot firearms of any kind other than BB guns and pellet guns by Webelos.

Archery and BB-gun shooting are supervised by BSA Rangemasters who are trained and certified by the council shooting sports committee.

Council-Approved Ranges

Public and commercial shooting ranges are BSA-approved. HOWEVER, an NRA-certified Range Safety Officer (RSO) and an NRA-certified firearm instructor MUST SUPERVISE the range operation.  If the range cannot provide the 2 certified individuals, the unit must provide them.

The firearm instructor must be certified for the firearm being used.

The range manager may insist that in-house personnel operate the range. In that case, the NRA-certified safety officer and instructor must be present and coordinate their efforts with the assigned range personnel.

Private ranges are not BSA-approved except when they been approved by the Crossroads of the West Council shooting sports committee.

To locate ranges in your community, visit:

Non-BSA youth groups must consult their organizational leadership as to what ranges are approved for their use.

National BSA Shooting Sports Manual

Download this manual at the bottom of this page. It provides detailed instruction, requirements and policies for all level of shooting activities in the Boy Scouts of America.

Range Standard Operating Procedures

Units must use standard operating procedures (SOP) when doing any range firing. Download these documents at the bottom of this page.

National BSA Shooting Sports

Visit the Boy Scouts of America health and safety page concerning shooting sports activities.

Get Registered

  • NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun training
    April 10, 2021 at Camp Tracy (9am - 5pm)
    Event is for registered Scouters and Scouts aged 16 and older. Fee $25. Bring: .22 rifle with 50 rounds of long rifle ammunition. Shotgun & 50 rounds of ammunition. Eye and hearing protection, and lunch. Register Now

  • NRA Rifle Shotgun Instructor Course - Shooting Sports Extravaganza
    April 29 - May 01, 2021 at Camp Tracy
    Must have previously attended the NRA BASIC RIfle and Shotgun course held on April 10. Register Now

  • NRA Range Safety Officer Course - Shooting Sports Extravaganza
    April 30, 2021 at Camp Tracy
    8am - 5pm. Register Now

  • USA Archery Course - Shooting Sports Extravaganza
    May 1, 2021 at Camp Tracy
    8am - 5pm. Register Now

  • NRA/BSA CO-OP Muzzleloading Rifle Course - Shooting Sports Extravaganza
    May 1, 2021 at Camp Tracy
    Registrants must already be NRA Instructors. Register Now

  • BSA BB gun Rangemaster Course - Shooting Sports Extravaganza
    May 1, 2021 at Camp Tracy
    9am - 12noon. Register Now

File Name Description
2021 Shooting Sports Extravaganza Download, print and share! Download
BSA National Council Shooting Sports Manual Download
Council Shooting Sports Policy Download
Instructor & RSO Guidelines Download
Merit Badge Counselor Guidelines Download
Pistol Standard Operating Procedures Download
Rifle Standard Operating Procedures Download
Shotgun Standard Operating Procedures Download
Unit Leader Guidelines Download