Indian Nations Council offers shooting sports facilities to provide an exciting program experience for all Scouts. Shooting Sports are among the most popular and safest program activities in camp. We have invested in top-notch equipment, first for your Scout’s safety and also for their advancement and fun.
Approved activities by program are listed in the BSA National Shooting Sports Manual. The range chart below shows Cub Scout activities in blue, Boy Scout activities in red and Venture activities in green. Boy Scouts may pursue all Cub Scout activities and Ventures may engage in all Boy Scout activities.
Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district or council level. Archery and BB gun shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or to council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. Archery and BB gun shooting are not to be done at the pack level.
Units and Districts supply their own properly credentialed range leadership for shooting sports activities. Leadership requirements for these activities are defined in the National Shooting Sports Manual available here. The Indian Nations Council shooting sports program is supported by the Council Shooting Sports Committee.
Training for BSA Shooting Sports leadership is conducted using USA Archery, National Rifle Association, and BSA Cub Scout Rangemaster course curriculum coordinated through the INC Shooting Sports Committee. Upcoming shooting sports training courses can be found on the Council Calendar available here.
Cub Scout Shooting Sports Reminder
The Cub Scout Shooting Sports disciplines of Archery, BB gun shooting, and Slingshot shooting are restricted to Day Camps, Cub Scout / Webelos Scout Resident Camps, Council-managed family camping programs (Cub World), or Council activities held on or off Boy Scouts of America property where there are current and properly trained B.S.A. Shooting Sports Rangemasters and where all standards for B.S.A. shooting sports are enforced.
Cub Scout Shooting Sports are NOT approved at the Unit level.
The Spring 2018, posting of the Age Appropriate Guidelines indicated that Tigers are not approved for BB gun shooting. This exception has now been corrected.
Tigers and their adult partners may participate in all Cub Scout Shooting Sports activities. The adult partners must be included in all shooting activities. Each Tiger must be paired with his or her adult partner before being allowed to shoot. On the BB range, the Rangemaster may require the adult partner to cock the BB gun for each shot.
Kindergarten–age scouts in the Lion program are not approved to participate in Cub Scout shooting sports activities.
The use of pellet air rifles is restricted to Webelos Scouts in a Boy Scouts of America resident camp setting only.
Please direct question regarding this announcement to:
Chairman, Indian Nations Council Shooting Sports Committee
Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards
AGE APPROPRIATE SHOOTING SPORTS
Cub Scout Program
Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district or council level. Archery and BB gun shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or to council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. Archery and BB gun shooting are not to be done at the pack level. The use of pellet air rifles is restricted to Webelos Scouts in a BSA resident camp setting only. All shooting ranges in the Cub Scout program must be supervised by a qualified range master who is at least 18 years of age and who meets the minimum requirements.
Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Programs
Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts can shoot small-bore rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, muzzleloading shotguns, and archery following the “Five Levels of Shooting Activities” described in Chapter 1 of the BSA National Shooting Sports Manual for the specific discipline.
Venturing and Sea Scout Programs
Venturers and Sea Scouts are allowed to shoot the same firearms and archery as a Boy Scout and may also shoot rifles, pistols, and revolvers of any caliber or action. An exception is they may not shoot fully automatic firearms. Refer to “The Five Levels of Shooting Activities” in Chapter 1 of the BSA National Shooting Sports Manual to better understand what qualifications must be met for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Cub Scout BB and Archery Belt Loops and Sports Pins
Archery and BB Shooting belt loops and sports pins may be earned only through council- or district-sponsored programs. See BSA National Shooting Sports Manual.
While working on the Ranger Shooting Sports elective, Venturers are required to complete one of the following disciplines: air pistol, air rifle, archery, muzzle-loading rifle, shotgun, or small bore rifle. However, Venturers who go beyond the basic requirement and complete five of the seven disciplines will earn the Venturing Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award.
Williamson Shooting Sports Complex Award
RESOURCES, DOCUMENTS & FORMS
Documents & Forms