MCC Shooting Sports

The importance of trained leaders is critically important in all areas of Scouting, and shooting sports is no exception. The MCC Shooting Sports Committee will provide information about available training as well as provide some training directly.

We are ramping up the archery program in our Council and we need your help! In order to grow archery, we will need registered adult leaders to become USA Archery Level 1 Instructors. As a Level 1 Instructor, you could help with Archery Merit Badges and be well prepared to operate archery ranges for participants with all levels of skill from the youngest Cub Scouts to lifelong adult archers. We are now scheduling Level 1 Instructor training courses, see below for details!

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If you have questions, please contact the committee at chair@mccshootingsports.com.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about this offering and other important training information.

Cub Scout Shooting Sports

Shooting sports for Cub Scouts include BB guns and archery, both of which require a Range Master. The Range Master is training in one or many disciplines. For example, a BB Range Master is training to teach the safe use of a BB gun to Cub Scouts and is authorized to operate a BB gun range at a district or council event. A BB Range Master IS NOT authorized to teach or operate an archery range. That would require an Archery Range Master. It is possible to be a Range Master for both BB guns and archery, but they are separate and distinct credentials/certifications.

Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts are additionally able to use air rifles (pellet guns). In order to operate an air rifle range, the range officer must have NRA Rifle Instructor credentials.

Note: You will see both Range Officer and Range Master used to describe the individual trained to operate a Cub Scout range. These terms should be considered interchangeable. However, neither of these designations is equivalent to NRA Range Safety Officer, despite the similarity of their names.

Boy Scout Shooting Sports

Shooting sports for older Scouts includes firearms, in addition to archery, tomahawks and throwing knives. Additional certifications are needed for these activities.

The certifications/credentials needed for Scouts shooting sports programs are:

  • Rifle-NRA Range Safety Officer (MCC Approved) and NRA Rifle Instructor (see at bottom of page)

  • Shotgun-NRA Range Safety Officer (MCC Approved) and NRA Shotgun Instructor (see at bottom of page)

  • Archery-USAA Level 1 Instructor or higher

  • Cowboy Action Shooting-NRA Range Safety Officer (MCC Approved) and NRA Instructors for Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol

  • Tomahawks/Throwing Knives/Catapults/Slingshots-Archery Range Master or Tomahawk Range Master (just for Tomahawks)

Upcoming Training Opportunities

NRA Pistol Instructor

June 5, 2021

June 6, 2021

Become an NRA Pistol Instructor. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

Cub Scout BB/Archery Range Master

June 12, 2021

Be trained to instruct Cub Scouts on the safe use of a BB gun and archery equipment. Learn how to safely operate a BB gun range and an archery range. Learn about the proper care and treatment of the equipment (BB guns, bows, arrows, targets, ranges, etc.). This certification is good for two years. Training will take place at Belk Scout Camp on the BB and Archery ranges from 8 am to 5 pm.

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Practical Training

October 23, 2021

This is the "practical" training for the Level 1 Instructor certification. You must have completed the online course and passed the test before registering for the "practical course".

Class will take place at the Archery Range. Drive into camp and park in the gravel lot next to the Health Lodge. Walk across the field to the Archery Range on the same side of the road. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a snack and water bottle. There will be a restroom available at the Health Lodge. Bring your COVID masks and hand sanitizer. All materials will be provided as part of the course fees. The course will cost $40 for registered Scout leaders, $50 for non-registered adults. All participants must be 18 at the time of the course. The fees must be paid in advance to complete your registration.

Belk Scout Camp
9408 Belt Road
Midland, NC 28107

NRA Range Safety Officer

August 14, 2021

Range Safety Officer candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection; range rules; range briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive an RSO Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and a Course Evaluation form. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders ($75) and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

Cub Scout BB/Archery Range Master

Oct 2, 2021

Be trained to instruct Cub Scouts on the safe use of a BB gun and archery equipment. Learn how to safely operate a BB gun range and an archery range. Learn about the proper care and treatment of the equipment (BB guns, bows, arrows, targets, ranges, etc.). This certification is good for two years. Training will take place at Belk Scout Camp on the BB and Archery ranges from 8 am to 5 pm.

NRA Basic Shotgun

March 6, 2021

Learn to shoot a shotgun. This training is a pre-requisite to becoming an NRA Shotgun Instructor. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

NRA Shotgun Instructor (with BIT)

March 5, 2021

March 7, 2021

Become an NRA Shotgun Instructor. This course includes the Basic Instructor Training (BIT) that is must be completed within two years of any Instructor-level training. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

Cub Scout BB/Archery Range Master

May 1, 2021

Be trained to instruct Cub Scouts on the safe use of a BB gun and archery equipment. Learn how to safely operate a BB gun range and an archery range. Learn about the proper care and treatment of the equipment (BB guns, bows, arrows, targets, ranges, etc.). This certification is good for two years. Training will take place at Belk Scout Camp on the BB and Archery ranges from 8 am to 5 pm.

NRA Basic Rifle

May 1, 2021

Learn to shoot a rifle. This training is a pre-requisite to becoming an NRA Rifle Instructor. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

NRA Rifle Instructor

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2021

Become an NRA Rifle Instructor. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

Cub Scout BB/Archery Range Master (WAC Priority)

May 15, 2021

This training is intended for Webelos Adventure Camp staff primarily, but if there is extra room, we can admin non-WAC registrants.

Be trained to instruct Cub Scouts on the safe use of a BB gun and archery equipment. Learn how to safely operate a BB gun range and an archery range. Learn about the proper care and treatment of the equipment (BB guns, bows, arrows, targets, ranges, etc.). This certification is good for two years. Training will take place at Belk Scout Camp on the BB and Archery ranges from 8 am to 5 pm.

NRA Basic Pistol

June 5, 2021

June 6, 2021

Learn to shoot a pistol. This training is a pre-requisite to becoming an NRA Pistol Instructor. This training is offered at a discount for Scout leaders and is being held at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, 2301 Wildlife Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.

NRA Training Details

Allow us to explain a few things about NRA training. It can be rather confusing.

NRA Instructor training, such as NRA Rifle Instructor or NRA Shotgun Instructor, is completed in multiple steps.

  • The first step is to complete the Basic course for the discipline, such as Basic Rifle Shooting, Basic Shotgun Shooting or Basic Pistol Shooting. The purpose of this course is to ensure every participant knows how to safely operate the firearm and successfully hit the target a minimum number of times. This course is usually a very full day (8-10 hours is not unusual), as participants must qualify to complete the course.
     

  • If you are successful in the Basic course, an NRA Training Counselor may invite you to consider the Instructor course for the discipline, such as NRA Rifle Instructor, NRA Shotgun Instructor or NRA Pistol Instructor. The purpose of this course is to teach the participants how to teach others how to shoot. As such, it generally requires a little more mastery and may require additional range time to improve shooting skills. This course is a very full day (8-10 hours), as participants must qualify again, but with stricter scoring requirements.
     

    • Before you can begin the Instructor course, you must complete the Basic Instructor Training course, or BIT. The BIT course is good for two years, so you can save time (and maybe money) by taking multiple Instructor courses within two years. Some NRA Training Counselors will include this right before the Instructor training for an additional fee.​
       

  • After successfully completing the Basic course, then BIT, then the Instructor course, you've made it!​ You are now an official NRA Instructor and can help out at our ranges and teach merit badges!

If you have questions, please contact the committee at chair@mccshootingsports.com.

USA Archery Instructor

It is required to have USA Archery Level 1 Instructor certification to operate our archery ranges at Camp Grimes or Belk Scout Camp. The only exception is that Cub Scout Archery Range Masters may operate the ranges for Cub Scout District or Council events. This training is also required to become an Archery Merit Badge counselor.

In order to meet this requirement, the Shooting Sports Committee will be offering numerous training courses each year. We will discount the training for registered Scout leaders. Proof of membership will be required. The certification is good for three years and can be renewed online.

The Level 1 Archery Instructor Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators.

Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

The training comes in two parts, the first being an online course where the student learns about the shooting process and various techniques that can improve an archer's skills. The online course is available for $40 and can be found at https://www.usarchery.org/coaches/become-a-coach/level-1-instructor-certification. The second part is a "practical" course where the student meets with an Instructor Trainer at an archery range to do the hands-on portion of training, which includes practicing the shooting process and helping other students improve their technique. The course will last roughly four hours. These "practical" courses can be found on USA Archery's website, https://www.usarchery.org. The cost for the "practical" courses can vary, but a reasonably priced course will be around $50. Be sure to complete the online course before registering for the "practical" course.


Practical Courses being planned:

 

Belk Scout Camp-October 23

Class will take place at the Archery Range. Drive into camp and park in the gravel lot next to the Health Lodge. Walk across the field to the Archery Range on the same side of the road. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a snack and water bottle. There will be a restroom available at the Health Lodge. Bring your COVID masks and hand sanitizer. All materials will be provided as part of the course fees. The course will cost $40 for registered Scout leaders, $50 for non-registered adults. All participants must be 18 at the time of the course. The fees must be paid in advance to complete your registration.

Belk Scout Camp
9408 Belt Road
Midland, NC 28107

Camp Grimes-TBD

Overnight accommodations can be arranged. A cabin with heat/AC is available for an extra fee, but tent camping is free. Class will be at the Archery Range. Park in the gravel lot at the gate next to the Camp Office, then walk uphill to the Pavilion and follow the signs to the Archery Range. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a snack and water bottle. There will be a restroom available at the Pavilion and Port-a-Potty near the Archery Range. Bring your COVID masks and hand sanitizer. All materials will be provided as part of the course fees. The course will cost $40 for registered Scout leaders, $50 for non-registered adults. All participants must be 18 at the time of the course. The fees must be paid in advance to complete your registration.

Camp Grimes

383 Vein Mountain Road

Nebo, NC 28761

Mecklenburg Wildlife Club-TBD

Class will take place at the outdoor Archery Range. Enter the Club and follow the road and signs to the Archery Range. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. There will be a restroom available on property, but possibly not at the Archery Range. Bring your COVID masks and hand sanitizer. All materials will be provided as part of the course fees. The course will cost $40 for registered Scout leaders, $50 for non-registered adults. All participants must be 18 at the time of the course. The fees must be paid in advance to complete your registration.

Mecklenburg Wildlife Club

2301 Wildlife Road

Charlotte, NC 28214