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Upcoming Shooting Sports Trainings

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Welcome to the Shooting Sports Information Page. Here you will find updates & information regarding Scouting shooting sports. Watch this page for information regarding Scout related: merit badges, events, safety, training, & opportunities
safetyIn Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members. To achieve that goal, the BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for the shooting sports. These organizations also provide training and instructor certification by discipline-specific subject matter experts to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities.

If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact Todd Weidner at todd.weidner@scouting.org

Camp Tuckahoe – 400 Tuckahoe Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019
Hidden Valley Scout Reservation – 268 Hidden Valley Road, Louisville, PA 17047

Archery Instructor Certification Training – Level 1 & 2

Level 1 Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

Level 2 Instructor Certification Course includes the Level 1 Instructor Certification Course and provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory setup, athlete development and events as well as qualifies students to teach the Level 1 Instructor Certification Course. Graduates of the Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course are well prepared to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs such as Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Adult Archery Program and Collegiate Archery Program clubs, as well as the Explore Archery program.

Course Date Location
Registration
Archery Instructor Certification – Level 1 & 2 November 16-17, 2019 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
Archery Instructor Certification – Level 1 March 28, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
Archery Instructor Certification – Level 1 & 2 May 16-17, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
Archery Instructor Certification – Level 1 & 2 November 14-15, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
Archery Instructor Certification – Level 1 March 27, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
Archery Instructor Certification – Level 1 & 2 May 15-16, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER

Bass Pro Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Class

Classes will be held at the Bass Pro Shop in Harrisburg (3501 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111) from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. TO REGISTER: please contact the Events Coordinator, Katie Wilbur, at 717-565-5200 x 5229 or kmwilbur@basspro.com. Class size is limited. More info

Course Date
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Class – 6-8pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Class – 6-8pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Class – 6-8pm Thursday, September 19, 2019
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Class – 6-8pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Range Day at Hidden Valley – 8am-3pm Saturday, September 28, 2019

PA Hunter-Trapper Education

This is a six-hour training class required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can buy a license. You must pass a certification exam at the end of the class to complete this training. NOTE: You must be at least 11 years of age to register for this class.

Date Location
Registration
October 20, 2019 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
November 3, 2019 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER
May 3, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
October 18, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
November 1, 2020 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER
May 2, 2021 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER

NRA Basic Shooting Courses & Range Safety Officer (RSO) Training

Course Date Location
Registration
NRA RSO Training September 14, 2019 Hidden Valley  CANCELLED
NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Training April 4, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Training April 5, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Basic Muzzleloading Shooting Training September 12-13, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA RSO Training September 12, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Training April 10, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Training April 11, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER

NRA Instructor Courses

Course Date Location
Registration
NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) April 24-25, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Rifle Instructor Training April 25, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Shotgun Instructor Training April 26, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Muzzleloading Instructor Training September 18-20, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) April 16-17, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Rifle Instructor Training April 17, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
NRA Shotgun Instructor Training April 18, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER

BSA Rangemaster Training

Operation of BB, Archery, and Other Shooting Sports Ranges for Scouting activities and events require qualified, trained BSA Rangemasters. This Training is offered at no cost; the certification is valid for two years. We only ask that you pledge support for Council, District, and/or Unit Shooting Programs.

Course Date Location
Registration
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Halloween Day)
October 26, 2019 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Winterfest)
January 18, 2020 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Winterfest II)
February 22, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Fall Fest)
September 26, 2020 Hidden Valley  REGISTER
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Halloween Day)
October 24, 2020 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Winterfest)
January 16, 2021 Camp Tuckahoe  REGISTER
BSA Rangemaster Training
(During Winterfest II)
February 20, 2021 Hidden Valley  REGISTER