Shooting Sports - Cub Scout Academics & Sports Guide
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CUB SCOUT SHOOTING SPORTS
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BB-GUN SAFETY

Many Cub Scouts have BB guns or air rifles at home and will be exposed to some type of firearm while growing up. Parents should understand that safety is as necessary with BB guns and air rifles as it is in any other aspect of shooting. Training is essential in learning how to shoot well, and safe shooting habits developed early help provide the atmosphere for learning these skills.

Gun-shooting sports are not an approved part of the Cub Scout program, except at Cub Scout day or resident camp. At camp, boys might have an opportunity to take part in a BB-gun (rifle) safety and marksmanship program under the direction of a trained BB-gun range officer. These range officers must attend a three-hour training program conducted by a National Camping School-certified field sports director or National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor.

Although gun-shooting sports are not permitted as den and pack activities, leaders can help parents understand the importance of training and encourage attendance of boys at Cub Scout day camps that offer this training.

ARCHERY SAFETY

In the year 2000, archery, like BB-gun shooting, becomes a camp program. Boys can earn archery recognition items only at council/district day camp, resident camp, or council-managed family camping programs.

To be a qualified and trained archery range supervisor, adults must take part in an archery supervisor training program conducted by the local council with the help of a National Camping School-certified field sports director or a National Archery Association (NAA) instructor.

Although archery programs are not permitted at den and pack activities, leaders can help parents understand the importance of training and encourage attendance of boys at Cub Scout camps that offer this training.

See Shooting Sports for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Parents in Camp (No. 13-550) for more information.

 

 

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