The Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council provides opportunities for Scouts to participate in shooting sports (archery, shotgun, and pistol).
Overview of Activities
The following shooting activities are offered by the Catalina Council, or can be arranged for offering by local Units.
Archery fun shoot & Archery Merit Badge
Rifle fun shoot & Rifle Merit Badge
Shotgun fun shoot & Shotgun Merit Badge
Pistol shoot & Ranger qualification program.
Muzzleloader shoot & Ranger qualification program
Special Thanks to NRA Foundation
Catalina Council would like to thank the National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation. The NRA Foundation awarded the Catalina Council $2,700 dollars to help us expand our shooting program including:
1) Chalk ball 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.
Training Courses & Programs
The Shooting Sports Subcommittee offers various training seminars throughout the year to give Scouters the skills to lead safe and effective shooting sports events. Please visit the Council’s Training pages for more information.
Merit Badge Offerings
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.
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.
- (8) Savage MK II .22 rifles
- (5) Remington 11-87 20 gauge shotguns
- (5) Ruger MK II .22 LR handguns
- (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 ammunition
The Shooting Sports Task Force in 2011 completed production on the new Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual for Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. Reference material for all levels was put into one publication.