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 hope to provide the Level 1 Instructor training ourselves, but we need to complete some training ourselves before we can do that. We need to hear from you so we know how to complete our plans and begin offering training courses.
If you are already a USA Archery Instructor of any level, please register at http://signup.com/go/AvsmmtR so we can include you in the planning of instructor classes. This might include opportunities to complete additional training to elevate your instructor level.
If you are interested in becoming a USA Archery Level 1 Instructor, please sign up at http://signup.com/go/BDuqzrT so we can be sure to contact you when we begin setting up classes.
If you have questions, please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Boy Scouts includes firearms, in addition to archery, tomahawks and throwing knives. However, the Cub Scout Range Master certifications generally aren't sufficient for Boy Scout programs.
The certifications/credentials needed for Boy Scout shooting sports programs are:
Rifle-NRA Range Safety Officer (MCC Approved) and NRA Rifle Instructor
Shotgun-NRA Range Safety Officer (MCC Approved) and NRA Shotgun Instructor
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)