Shooting Sports

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

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 Scouts BSA Adult leaders and Scouts +14 years, to run the new Unit level BSA Air Gun Experience Program and qualify those leaders to check out the Airsoft equipment. The Council has this equipment available.

Important Note: 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 Prepared: 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.

Merit Badge Offerings

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.