Shooting Sports

Welcome to Shooting Sports

“Throughout the Boy Scouts of America from Cub Scouting to Venturing and Sea Scouting, all program divisions use 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.

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 filled, exciting, and rewarding.”  – from the 2015 Shooting Sports Manual

Shooting Sports activities that can be offered by the Council or Unit leaders include:

[one-half-first]Archery fun shoot
Archery Merit Badge
Rifle fun shoot
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Shotgun fun shoot
Shotgun Merit Badge
Pistol shoot. Ranger qualification program.
Muzzleloader shoot. Ranger qualification program.[/one-half]


Catalina Council would like to thank The NRA foundation!

The NRA Foundation awarded the Catalina Council $2,700 dollars to help us expand our shooting program including:

1)  Chalkballs targets for our LaPorte target machine

2)  Equipment to we can use to offer the Airsoft Experience to our scouts

3)  A left handed Savage .22 LR rifle.

Thank you NRA Foundation for supporting our Shooting Sports Program.


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Requirements,  Qualifications & Training


NRA Instructor Courses

NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

The Catalina Council Shooting Sports Committee offers several training opportunities a year.

BB Gun Range Master Training:

This training will qualify adult leaders to run Cub Scout BB gun events at Council level events and check-out the BB Gun equipment from the Quartermaster. It will also qualify Boy Scout and Venture Scout adult leaders and Scouts +14 years, to run the new Unit level BSA Airgun Experience program and qualify those leaders to check out the Airsoft equipment.

The Council has this equipment available.

It is to your advantage to read the relevant sections of the BSA Shooting Sports Manual as it applies to the activities you are involved in before the class.

Be Preparred: bring water, lunch, eye protection, weather appropriate clothing and have read the appropriate sections of the BSA Shooting Sports Manual.

One youth / participating adult are welcome to attend.  We need the feedback from them and will use them as our students throughout the class.

For more information contact Bill Perkins

Please be watching for the next opportunity to register for the BB Gun Range Master Training,

Winchester Qualification Marksmanship program. 
Qualification Pins are available. Each pin is $2.
BB gun qualification, page 20
Muzzleloading qualification, page 33
Pistol qualification, page 4
Rimfire rifle qualification program, prone position, page 18
Shotgun qualification, page 30

Rifle Shooting
Unless a rifle is handled incorrectly or recklessly, it is not dangerous. A rifle, like any other precision instrument, is manufactured to perform a specific task and can do so at no risk to the user or others. By earning this badge, Scouts can develop their shooting skills while learning safe practices.

Shotgun Shooting
A shotgun is a precision instrument, designed to shoot a shot charge in a specific pattern to cover a designated area at a certain distance. Unlike a rifle, the bore of the shotgun is not rifled, so the shot emerging from the muzzle is not spinning.


National Shooting Sports Manual 

Manual Link
The Shooting Sports Task Force in 2011 completed production on the new Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 30931 (SKU 430029), for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Reference material for all levels was put into one publication. All councils should make this available to their shooting sports committees, camp leadership, and unit leaders. The manual will help provide a safe environment for youth participating in shooting sports activities.

*please note the Archery & Rifle requirements differ.
Please confirm you are reading the correct information
for the requirements you need. 

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Planning List

This list is intended to help Scout leaders organize a shooting event for their Scout Unit.
This is a general guideline and may not be all inclusive.

To offer a shooting event for your unit, you will need the following:

NRA Instructor
Reserve equipment (rifles & ammunition)
Range reservation, procedure varies depending on the Shooting Range

Pima Pistol Club
SouthEast Regional Park
Tucson Mountain Park
Tucson Rifle Club

Certificate of insurance issued by Council
Medical A&B on day of the event for each youth and adult participating Health Form


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Resources for BSA Qualified Leaders

Firearms Quartermaster – Bill Perkins

(8) Savage MK II .22 rifles

(5) Remington 11-87 20 gauge shotguns

(5) Ruger MK II .22 LR handguns

Firearm support equipment

Click HERE to reserve any of the following equipment:

(8) Carpets for shooting mats
(8) Hearing protection, earmuffs
(20) Eye protection glasses
A17 targets for BSA Rifle Merit Badge
.22LR ammunition

20 Gauge shotgun ammuntion

BB Guns Quartermaster Bill Perkins

(8) Daisy 845 Avanti rifles
(20) Eye protection
5-meter targets for BB gun
BB’s (Cub Scouts)
Pellets (Webelos & Boy Scouts)

Archery equipment Quartermaster  – 

(8) Genesis compound bows

(8) PSE Razorback bows

Archery support Equipment

Finger releases
Paper targets

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Scholastic Pistol Program explodes


Gun industry’s helping hand triggers a surge in college shooting teams

Article about the SPP from Downrange TV

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More to some soon


Thank you to the NRA Foundation for Supporting NEW programs with the Boy Scouts of America.

LaPorte Archery 

Sporting arrows are not only new to archery in Scouting, but also to the archery world in general. Similar to clay target shooting, sporting arrows are centered around automatic target launchers that throw 10-inch diameter foam targets into the air. And once the targets take flight? It’s on. For more information on this NEW program click HERE

Airsoft Experience:

The Boy Scouts of America, in cooperation with the National Rifle Association, is proud to present the Multi-Gun Airsoft Experience Operations Guide, a fun recreational program for new and intermediate shooters. For more information on this NEW program. click HERE