scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: BSA vs NRA certification
Bob Rosebrough GBL B-200 (rosebro@LPSI.BARC.USDA.GOV
Mon Jul 17 2000 - 07:44:00 CDT
A large part of the problem is one of terminology. The BSA has this
incessant habit of using the term "certified" to describe almost anyone.
A so-called BSA Certified Rifle Instructor is in fact an NRA Certified
Instructor. There is no difference as the course material is supplied by
the NRA. Last summer, the shooting sports director at Heritage posted
his NRA Rifle Instructor Course completion certificate as evidence of his
right to run a range. By the way, the course completion certificate does
not denote instructor certification (says so at the bottom of the course
There is an almost apoplectic need by the BSA to distant itself from the
NRA. This is why the NCS graduate is called a BSA Certified Instructor.
NCS satisfies a need for councils to staff their shooting sports programs
in as rapid a method as possible. In no way can a one-week "shake and
bake" in rifle, shotgun and blackpowder produce instructors with the
quality attained by courses taken over many weeks as I have. Councils
rationalize this dichotomy by saying that summer camp is their program as
opposed to shooting programs that occur the rest of the year and belong
to us volunteers.
One of my favorite experiences was "certifying" camp counselors as BB gun
instructors one week and then being told by the same counselors one week
later that only they, as "Certified BB Gun Instructors", could supervise
the range, nut not me. Lets see, I can supervise a BSA rifle merit badge
program, using the BB gun option, but not a Cub program that is run by
someone I train.
ASM Troop 601