Purpose of BSA Shooting Sports

The Purpose of BSA shooting sports is to introduce youth to shooting. The BSA shooting programs are based on age appropriateness and safety with the goal of developing a positive shooting experience for each youth.

Shooting Sports Manual *NEW 2022* 

 Shooting Sports Manual  

This revised manual replaces all previous versions and has a revision date of 1/2022. The updated BSA Shooting Sports Manual clarifies who can operate which types of shooting sports programs for which BSA program level. It also serves to clarify the proper supervision and qualifications needed for unit coordinated shooting sports programs.

Unfortunately, the appendices in the above manual for the NRA BSA Rifle and Shotgun MB instructor that were included are not the latest information. These will be corrected ASAP, but please use the information below to replace these appendices in the Manual. These will be added to the new manual and updated soon. 

NRA BSA Rifle MB Instructor Guide – 2022 NRA-BSA Rifle MB Instructors Guide final 2_2_2018

NRA BSA Shotgun MB instructor Guide – 2022 NRA- BSA Shotgun MB Instructors Guide Final 2_2_2018

Reminder: Cub Scouts may only participate in shooting sports at a district or council event or activity. Shooting Sports is prohibited at the Cub Scout pack or den level.

As a reminder, the Guide to Safe Scouting states that any shooting sports programs not detailed in our program literature or the shooting sports manual are prohibited.


Program Specific Information

Cub Scouts Shooting Sports

Scouts BSA Shooting Sports

Venture & Sea Scout Shooting Sports

 Scouting Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Participant book #622175– This guide should be handed out to each participant in the BSA Pistol Safety and Marksmanship program. 


Additional Shooting Sports Resources

BSA Range Design Standards

Download the design document: range design

Your council must engage an architect or engineer locally to ensure your final design incorporates local geography and is meeting all local standards and laws for your county or state.  The guidelines established are minimum standards, the final design must contain the projectile within the range. Designing an all-purpose range is not desirable because of the specific differences in the disciplines.


Procedures to Use Public or Private Property for a Shooting Sports Range

This worksheet must be used to determine if public or private land is suitable for use as a shooting sports range.

Contact at: shooting.sports@scouting.o




Contact Jeff Conrad our Shooting Sports Chair with any Questions