BSA guidelines permit BB gun and archery shooting under the supervision of trained and currently certified Range Officers. Range Officers are trained and certified by Council approved National Camping School certified Shooting Sports Directors. This training is for adults, age 18 or older, interested in leading a shooting sport activity at Day Camp, Camporee, etc. Range Officer certification is granted for 2 years and must be retaken after 2 years in order to maintain certification.
The Boy Scouts of America uses responsible outdoor activities to promote character development and values-based leadership training. Shooting sports have the ability to attract and retain youth in the movement. Millions of young people participate in one or more of the sports annually - archery, rifle shooting, shotgun activities, etc. - guided by adult volunteers who have the skills and knowledge to provide quality programs in a safe and effective way.
The key to safe and effective unit activities is informed, trained, and conscientious unit leadership. Various activities can present some degree of risk; those risks can be mitigated by training and commitment of BSA volunteer leaders. When activities are properly conducted under the appropriate guidelines, they can be safe, fun, exciting, and rewarding.
The certification offered at this training is geared toward Cub Scout Range Officers, though Scouts BSA level certification is possible with enough notice. This training is also open to Scouts interested in serving as camp staff Range Assistants, though youth would not receive certification for this training. In order to earn certification, course participants are required to be present for the entire session.
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Camp Shoenwald (directions)
16030 Sylvester Road SW
Burien, WA 98166
Bring a sack lunch and something to drink. Part of the class will be outside, so dress accordingly.
Please direct questions to your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or District Training Chair.