Published on April 2nd, 2024

Training to support Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scouts Shooting Sports

The purpose of BSA shooting sports is to teach firearm safety while introducing youth to a variety of shooting sports programs. The BSA’s shooting sports programs are developed and implemented through age-appropriate training and experiences, led by certified volunteers.

In cooperation with the NRA and National BSA, Blackhawk Area Council is hosting an NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor Course. An NRA Certified Rifle and Shotgun Instructor is required to provide instruction for BSA rifle and shotgun shooting activities involving Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts. Instruction materials, meals, and cabin lodging will be provided.

As part of the certification, the instructor may serve as a Rangemaster for BB and sling shot shooting activities, as well as instruct the Rifle and Shotgun Shooting merit badges. We are excited because this offers participants “Best Methods” in new and innovative programming approved by the BSA.


Who: 21 Years of age, registered adult member of Boy Scouts of America, current membership with the NRA, course prerequisites completed

When: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

Where: Camp Lowden Boeger Lodge (4418 S. Scout Road, Oregon, IL)

Cost: $175 (training, materials, cabin lodging, meals)

Registration: Register with National BSA here:
Last day to register is April 10th

Prerequisites: All BSA shooting sports candidates MUST take a basic student class in their discipline before attending the instructor class. Therefore, before you can attend and be certified as an NRA Rifle and Shotgun instructor, you MUST already have taken and passed NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun classes. The BSA and NRA offer these courses at discounted prices across the country or you can attend any commercial NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun classes. To find a Basic Rifle and/or Shotgun course in your area, please visit: Once completed you will need to bring proof of completion with you to the instructor course. You will also need to bring your student materials with you to the course. The instructor course will ask you to be able to follow a syllabus and instruct materials during the class. The materials will be sent to from the NRA training counselor prior to the course. You will need to have access to use the digital files during your instructor course, so it is recommended that you bring a laptop computer or tablet with you to the course.