bsaonsc

        

banner join cubs

  site search by freefind   advanced                     Feel free to leave a comment or suggestionline

 

shootingsports

Shooting Sports Programs offered by ONSC

The goal of the Old North State Council Shooting Sports Committee is to make premiere local shooting sport programs easily available to scouts in the Old North State Council.  We maintain a volunteer group of NRA certified Instructor/Range Safety Officers that are willing to help council units get involved with shooting sports.  These registered Scouters are available to teach the shooting sports merit badges, teach the NRA Basic Shooting courses, teach USAA Archery Skills and provide supervised shooting opportunities for Scouts or Venturers.  Instruction can be conducted as part of a unit meeting or at camp on the weekend.  All live fire shooting takes place using camp guns, ammo and target ranges at Cherokee Scout Reservation.  
Our scout reservation maintains 8 permanent ranges with outstanding access to the best configurations in the Southeast Region. Our Central North Carolina property supports shooting for Rifle Target, Pistol Marksmanship, Archery Static block, Archery Advanced Trail, Muzzleloading Rifle and Rustic Trail, Shotgun 5-Stand and a 1.5 mile 10 station Clays Course range. 
Most year-round events are scheduled in coordination with a unit camping trip, while council or district events are pre-scheduled during the year.  Reservations will need to be made 4 weeks in advance, for any course to be scheduled on the date of your unit’s preference. 
Let us know what shooting experience program is desired and we will make every effort to make it happen within the guidelines of our Standard Operating Procedures and National BSA Shooting Guidelines. Take a moment to browse through the activity descriptions below.  The consolidated Chart of Program fees will be found in the document section toward the lower part of this presentation.

Click here for Cub Scout Shoot Sports Programs

ssShotgun Shooting Merit Badge: 
The NRA certified “Rangemasters” will be available to conduct the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge recommended for Scouts* at least 13 years old. This is a troop activity and class size is limited to 12 scouts.  The cost of the class, which includes 75 rounds and clays, is $35 per Scout (practice plus requirement shooting qualification). If additional shooting is required to obtain the shooting requirement, the charge is $10 per 25 rounds.

Each Scout should bring a copy of the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge pamphlet to the class, should have read the book prior to the class beginning, attend the full classroom session and pass a review exam based on the presented information. Range shooting qualification is conducted after completing the baseline merit badge requirements. This course is at least 10 hours in length. 

This Level 3 program is typically completed in a week-end that the unit is camping at the reservation. Course instruction will start Friday night in preparation for a Saturday range day.

Rifle Shooting Merit Badge: 
The NRA certified “Rangemasters” will be available to conduct the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge for Scouts. This is a troop activity and class size is limited to 16 scouts.  The cost of the class, which includes practice and requirement shooting; 100 rounds, is $11 per Scout. If additional shooting is required to obtain the shooting requirement, the charge is $1 per 20 rounds. Each Scout should bring a copy of the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge pamphlet to the class, should have read the book prior to the class beginning, attend the full classroom session and pass a review exam based on the presented information.


ssRange shooting qualification is conducted after completing the baseline merit badge requirements.  This course is at least 10 hours in length.


This Level 3 program is typically completed in a week-end that the unit is camping at the reservation. Course instruction will start Friday night in preparation for a Saturday range day.

Archery Merit Badge: 
Certified Archery Instructors are available to conduct the Archery Merit Badge for older Scouts who have the physical strength and stamina required to draw back the bow. 

ssThis is a troop activity and class size is limited to 12 scouts.  The cost of the class is $11 per Scout. Each Scout should bring a copy of the Archery Merit Badge pamphlet to the class and should have read the book prior to the class beginning.

Muzzleloading Rifle Class / fun shooting: 
This is an introduction to muzzleloading rifles.  It is a minimum 3 hour session including training on safety, history, firearm operation, loading and firing.  It does not include training on shooting fundamentals and the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge or 1st Steps is desirable for shooting success. 

ssThe instructional session ends with range shooting for Scouts or Venture Crews.  The cost is $18 per Scout. (12 shots + NRA ML manual)   Additional rounds are 4 for $1.00.  Once Scouts are certified in the class, they may return for Muzzleloading fun shooting at the additional rounds rate.

NRA Courses: 
These courses are appropriate for Venturers and Adults. The courses use NRA materials. Courses are available for shotgun, rifle and muzzleloading rifle. 

NRA 1st Steps courses are 3 hours in length include classroom and limited range time with a focus on basic use of a specific gun. 
Shotgun 1st Steps Course fee:  $20
(Max class is 12)
Rifle 1st Steps Course fee:  $18
(Max class is 16)
Pistol 1st Steps / Blended Course fee:  $20    (Venturers only;  Max class is 12)

http://www.bsaonsc.org/images/nracert.jpgNRA Firearm Basic Shooting courses are available for shotgun, rifle, pistol or muzzle loading rifle with durations of 10-13 hours, which provide more in-depth and hands on instruction.  Range practice with the gun of that discipline is included and formats are similar to both the shotgun and rifle shooting merit badges.  These courses are recommended for groups desiring to do more advanced shooting such as the NRA Winchester Qualification program or Sporting Clays Course. 

Basic Shooting course attendance is a prerequisite for all adult candidates that wish to pursue “Instructor” credentials and join the Rangemaster volunteer team. Class sizes are similar to the 1st Steps courses to maximize hands-on experience and shooting time.

Advanced Shotgun Shooting Opportunities:

Open Clays Shoot: 
The Clays course will be open for Troops and Crews to shoot under the supervision of the Cherokee Rangemasters. The activity is a Level 3 shoot therefore participation is available for your unit’s adults and those Scouts at least 13 years old who have completed the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge.
ss

Shoot tickets may be purchased for 50, 75 or 100 rounds.  The ticket cost is $6 plus $10 per 25 rounds (covers a facility use fee, provides personal eye and ear protection, the cost of ammunition and clays).  Only Council provided ammunition and clays may be used on the course.

The Clays course may also be reserved by outside groups based on Council Approval and negotiated fees for non-registered groups.

Shotgun 5-Stand Shoot:
This intermediate shotgun game organizes 5 shooting stations, 6 throwers and a remote throwing controller all in a compact valley range.  It is an abbreviated sporting clays variation utilizing three covered shooting decks.  Shooters are presented 5 birds from each of the 5 stations, for a total of 25 clays.  Each station has a designated clay flight pattern from 2 different throwers, providing diverse and challenging shoot angles from a single range.

This is a Level 2 Fun Shoot, not an instructional activity for merit badge requirements.  A troop could schedule a weekend at camp http://www.bsaonsc.org/images/clayshoot.jpgand get either the merit badge or NRA 1st steps and then go to the range for a 5-Stand fun shoot.

The range is open for Troops and Crews to shoot under the supervision of the Cherokee Rangemasters. Participation is available for your older Scouts* and unit’s adults.  Shoot tickets may be purchased for 25, 50, 75 or 100 rounds.  The ticket cost is $6 plus $10 per 25 rounds (covers a facility use fee, provides personal eye and ear protection, the cost of ammunition and clays).  Only Council provided guns, ammunition and clays may be used on the course.

The 5-Stand Range may also be reserved by outside groups based on Council Approval and negotiated fees for non-registered groups.

* Year-Round Programs: Scouts that are 11 and 12 can participate in Level 2 shotgun shooting as the purpose is to introduce and recruit Scouts into shooting sport programs.  A single-day-range event will not include extended periods of holding a shotgun and allow for a lower firing shell count. If undertaking the merit badge, the Troop Leader and NRA Instructor should discuss the ability of a young Scout to understand the safety content with exercises, analysis of the technical shooting actions, holding the shotgun for a longer duration and fire at least 75 rounds or more to complete the requirements. Refer to the Summer Camp handbook for course size and age recommendations during camp sessions.

ss

Rifle Fun Shoot: 
Open range shooting at the rifle range for all Scouts or Venture Crews. The 3 hour NRA 1st Steps course (1 ½ hr classroom and ½ hr range time) is recommended, but not required.  A 30 minute range safety briefing will be provided prior to each shooting session.  A troop could schedule a weekend at camp and utilize ranges for a Level 2 fun shoot, supervised by Rangemaster staff.  Fun shooting is $6 + $1 per 20 shots.

Archery Trail/Advanced Fun shooting:  
An 8-station Archery hunting-type “woods walk”  featuring a combination of 3-D game animal targets, moving action targets and “Field” targets. 

http://www.bsaonsc.org/images/archerybs.jpgScouts who have the Archery merit badge and Adult leaders who can exhibit basic archery skills can shoot this ¼ mile trail.  Pre-trail practice and pre-qualification at the Archery range, scoring by hitting a 22” target at 45 feet with two of three consecutive arrows in two consecutive ends before shooting on the Trail range. Program fee is $2 per shooter.

NRA Qualification Shooting
Open Range Shooting by discipline to qualify for NRA proficiency Medals. Discipline specific training is recommended (Merit Badge or 1st Steps), but not a prerequisite.  A 30 minute safety range briefing will be provided prior to each shooting session. Winchester/NRA Qualification Program qualification shoots are available for shotgun or rifles.  This is a unit activity. 

Fees: 
Shotgun = $6 + $10 per 25 shots
(Max class is 12)
Rifle = $6 +$1 per 20 shots
(Max class is 16)
Pistol = $6 +$1 per 20 shots (Venturing Only) (Max class is 12)

http://www.bsaonsc.org/images/ncwildlife2.jpgNC Hunter Safety Course: 
This course is the NC Wildlife 10 hour classroom course on hunting safety that is required to purchase a NC Hunting license. It is appropriate training for Scouts, Venturers, parents and leaders. Attendance is required for the entire course for certification. This course is offered several times throughout the year or by unit request and there may be a $5 facility use fee, depending upon venue.

(course registration information at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/BeforetheHunt/HunterEducationCourses.aspx)

BSA Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Program
A new Council program beginning 2019. 
The Boy Scouts of America is proud to partner with the National Rifle Association to provide youth with a beginner pistol experiences the focuses on the safe and responsible use of firearms. This program is only for use in council- or district-level camps and activities.  Units may not conduct this activity.

Scouts or Venturers who are over the age of 14, or are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, may participate in this activity.
ssThis is a Level 3 shooting activity conducted in a 10 hour format, including indoor instruction and pistol range shooting time. Participants can work toward Winchester/NRA Qualification Program awards while on the range.

The program fee is $30 per student which includes the official BSA Pistol Safety and Marksmanship manual, personal range safety equipment, ammunition and pistol usage.  
Refer to the ONSC Council calendar for scheduled dates of this program. Participation limit is 12 per session.

Women-On-Target:
For the Lady Scouters in our Council.
ss
Instructional Shooting Clinics (ISC)
Clinic hosting by the ONSC Shooting Sports Committee to produce benefits:

  • Build shooting sports interest among the ladies within the council. 
  • Recruit Rangemaster team members in support of the ONSC Shooting Sports Year-Round Programs.
  • Serve the community through firearm safety training.

The event is open to adult ladies registered within our council that want to experience a 1-Day event using the assets and ranges at Cherokee Scout Reservation.  Participants will attend the safety orientation similar to 1st Steps and rotate to range sessions for an instructional experience with shotgun, pistols or rifles.

Refer to the ONSC Council calendar for scheduled dates of this program.

Air Soft Multi-Gun Experience:
New for 2019.  The Program of Multi-Gun Airsoft offers a great introduction to the fastest growing shooting sport in the world, 3 Gun!  This is a fun recreational program for new and intermediate shooters.
ssAirsoft uses plastic 6 millimeter spherical balls or pellets in guns powered by compressed gas, spring or electric motor. Air pressure is used to propel the ball down the barrel. Each shooter is paired with an instructor in their own dedicated shooting bay.

The Multi-Gun Airsoft Experience differs from most shooting activities in that all participants use two or three types of the airsoft guns; pistol, rifle and shotgun.
Typically a Council or District Event.  Watch for this program at Camporees

Laser Shot System:
The council owns and operates a portable laser firearm training simulator system. Students will experience the thrills of sporting firearms while at the same time receive instruction in safety, proper ethics, and the responsibilities of gun ownership.

This program is an indoor activity that is very versatile and adaptable to many locations. The Marksmanship software modules are fully compliant with the BSA and Council guidelines for a Scouting target experience.

ssThe portable system:
-Turns any room into a virtual shooting range.
-Variety of targets and hunting environments.
-Uses simulated rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

The simulator increases shooter’s proficiency, confidence and skill levels with software options for all levels of shooters.

Shooting Sport Programs described and listed on this page are designated for Scout, Venture and Sea Scout aged youth.  Cub Scout or Webelos Programs are not authorized to deploy these activities.

Program Supporters:
ssss ss  ss

 

Planning A Unit Shooting Program:
Start with a review of shooting sport programs page then use these forms for submission.
1) Applicable facility reservation form to obtain access into Camp Cherokee.
2) Process the Shooting Sports Program Request application.
Submit forms 1 and 2 to the Council Service Center event coordinator contact.
3) Each participant planning to attend should complete the waiver form with parent/guardian approvals.  Unit leaders should bring these to the range for collection by the Rangemaster.
(SS program request/registration form)                        (MANDATORY Permission Form)                            Chart of Program Fees

Click here for the facilities calendar to see what is available...
Application for Use of Facilities

Understanding the planning process and your expected timeframe….
Please plan ahead as far as possible.  Several troops arrange their annual shooting week-end one year in advance. There must be a 2 week planning window between your form submission to the office and the event, at the very minimum.
The service center will validate facility reservation for conflicts and forward the shooting program request to the year-round volunteer staffing coordinator.  It is likely you will be contacted by the Rangemaster coordinator to clarify program options or suggest feasible variations to the requested program.
When the coordination confirmation is complete, the service center will issue the official reservation confirmation, place the event of the calendar and forward camp check-in instruction to the requester.
Come to camp for the event and enjoy the experience.

Planning Notes:
Program Instruction and Safe Operation of the firearm range is paramount to the Rangemaster’s responsibility.  Unit Leadership is responsible for providing a minimum of one registered leader that is familiar with the unit participants and accepts the role of positive conduct coordination of scouts when they are in staging or waiting areas around a range.  All Rangemasters are registered Scouters with current YPT and capable of serving in a two-deep role, provided this extra responsibility does not compromise the safe operation of a range according to the council standard operation procedures manual.
Unit Leaders are responsible for facility reservations based on the requirements of a unit, whether day access or overnight camping at Cherokee Scout Reservation.  Meals and transportation are not included with unit shooting programs.

Become a Cherokee Rangemaster
Role: Rangemasters operate the Cherokee Scout Reservation ranges and teach shooting sports merit badges or NRA basic shooting classes to Scouts in our Council.
Qualification: Candidates must be a registered Scouter (21+ years old), become NRA certified as a “Range Safety Officer” (RSO) or “NRA Instructor.” http://www.bsaonsc.org/images/nrafifle.jpgCurrent credentialed RSOs and Instructors serve as a Rangemasters for unit events.  Candidates should become First Aid/CPR certified (within 6 months of NRA certification), become an ONSC approved Merit Badge counselor for their certified Firearm Shooting Credential (annual renewal) and maintain current NRA Instructor credentials. (2 year renewal)
Service:  Carry out the role as a Rangemaster or merit badge instructor at CSR a minimum one weekend per calendar year. This minimum service must be for a shooting sport program outside of their unit. 
For information about the next ONSC NRA certification for the Cherokee Rangemaster qualification track, e-mail Jason Powers at Jason.powers@scouting.org and include your Name, e-mail address, phone number and mailing address.

Visit the Calendar for Shooting Sports Event Dates

Shooting Sports Programs

Program Specific Approved Disciplines

Cub Scout/Woodfield Shooting Sports Program

Guidelines/Policies

 - Shooting Range Use Policy

Range Instructor Resources - PASSWORD PROTECTED

Shooting Sports Hold Harmless Agreement

Sporting Clays Information and Guidelines

Map of Cherokee Scout Reservation

Directions to Camp Cherokee