Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 08:32:00 MST
I have not seen anything that restricts merit Badge counselors for Rifle
and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badges, but there is a related piece in the
Guide for Safe Scouting. It says
"Boy Scout Standards"
"Boy Scouts are permitted to fire .22 caliber bolt-action, single-shot
rifles, air rifles, shotguns, and muzzle-loading long guns under the
direction of a certified instructor, 21 years of age or older, within the
standards outlined in current Scouting literature and bulletins. "
This is all in bold print.
It also says that "7. All training and shooting activities must be
supervised by a currently NRA-certified rifle instructor or coach who is 21
years of age or older."
In another paragraph it says,
"Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within
their jurisdiction, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking,
backpacking, or other Scouting activities except those specifically planned
for target shooting under the supervision of a certified BSA or National
Rifle Association firearms instructor."
All of these paragraphs are in bold. While it does not say the counselor
must be certified in these area to teach the skills, it does say that when
you go shooting, you need an adult over 21 years old who is certified.
On the inside cover of the guide, it states "Note: Bold type denotes BSA
Rules and policies." This is the 1993 printing of the Guide for Safe
Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
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