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ONSC Shooting Sports programs"

 

 

Shooting Sports Programs offered by ONSC

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The goal of the Old North State Council Shooting Sports Committee is to make shooting sports programs easily available to all scouts in the Old North State Council.  We have a group of NRA certified Instructor/Range Officers that is willing to help your unit get involved with shooting sports.  These Scouters are available to teach the shooting sports merit badges, teach the NRA training courses & provide shooting opportunities for your Scouts or Venturers.  Instruction can be conducted as part of your unit meetings or at camp on the weekend.  Shooting takes place using camp guns, ammo, & targets at Cherokee Scout Reservation.  Let us know what you would like and we will make every effort to make it happen within the guidelines of our standard Operating Procedures and BSA Policy. 

We offer many shooting sports training & shooting opportunities for Scouts & leaders at Cherokee Scout Reservation.  Some of these events are pre-scheduled and others can be scheduled at your convenience.  For any course to be scheduled on the date of your preference reservations will need to be made 4 weeks in advance. 

Current offerings include:

Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge :  The NRA certified “Range Masters” will be available to conduct the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge for Scouts 13+ yrs old. This is a troop activity & class size is limited to 12 scouts.  The cost of these classes which includes 75 rounds & clays (practice & requirement shooting) is $35 per Scout. 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. Meals are not provided as part of the course or fee.  This course is at least 10 hours in length.

Rifle Shooting Merit Badge:  The NRA certified “Range Masters” will be available to conduct the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge for Scouts 11+ yrs old. This is a troop activity & class size is limited to 16 scouts.  The cost of these classes which includes practice & 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. Meals are not provided as part of the course or fee.  This course is at least 10 hours in length.

Archery Merit Badge:  Certified Archery Instructors will be available to conduct the Archery Merit Badge for older Scouts who have the physical strength & stamina required to draw back the bow.  This is a troop activity & class size is limited to 12 scouts.  The cost of these classes is $11 per Scout. Each Scout should bring a copy of the Archery Merit Badge pamphlet to the class & should have read the book prior to the class beginning. Meals are not provided as part of the course or fee. 

 



 

NRA Courses :  These courses are appropriate for Venture's and Adults. The courses use NRA materials. Courses are available for shotgun, rifle, pistol & muzzleloading rifle. 
NRA 1st Steps courses are 3 hours in length, focus on basic use of a specific gun, & include classroom and limited range time. 

Shotgun 1st Steps Course fee:  $20 (Max class is 12)
Pistol 1st Steps (Venturers only) Course fee:  $20 (Max class is 12)
Rifle 1st Steps Course fee:  $18(Max class is 16)

Also available are the 10-13hr NRA Basic shotgun, rifle, pistol or muzzle loading rifle classes which provide more in-depth & hands on instruction / practice with the gun of that discipline and 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 Qualification program or Sporting Clays.  Costs and class sizes are similar to the 1st Steps courses, but may vary depending upon the amount of shooting your group wants to do.

 


Advanced Shotgun Shooting Opportunities:

Open Clays Shoot:  The Clays course will be open for Troops & Crews to shoot under the supervision of the Cherokee Range Masters & your unit’s adults for those scouts 13 years or older who have completed the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge. 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 & ear protection & the cost of ammunition & clays).  This cost may increase during the year, due to rising ammunition costs.  Only Council provided ammunition & clays may be used on the course.   (The course may also be reserved by outside groups.)

 

Shotgun 5-Stand Shoot An intermediate shotgunning game utilizing 5 shooting stations, 6 throwers & a remote throwing controller.  It is an abbreviated sporting clays-variation.  Shooters shoot 5 birds from each of the 5 stations, for a total of 25.  Each station has a designated throw pattern from 2 different throwers, providing diverse & challenging shoot from a single range.

This is not an instructional activity.  A troop could schedule a weekend at camp and get both the MB or NRA first steps and a 5-Stand fun shoot.

The range is open for Troops & Crews to shoot under the supervision of the Cherokee Range Masters & your unit’s adults for those scouts 13 years or older who have completed the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge. Shoot ticket cost is $6 plus $10 per 25 rounds (covers a facility use fee, provides personal eye & ear protection & the cost of ammunition & clays).  This cost may increase during the year, due to rising ammunition costs.  Only Council provided ammunition & clays may be used on the course. (The course may also be reserved by outside groups.

 

(SS program request/registration form)
(MANDATORY Permission Form)

NRA Qualification Shooting:  Open Range Shooting by discipline, to qualify for NRA proficiency Medals. Discipline specific training is recommended (MB or 1st Steps), but not required.  A 30 minute briefing will be provided, prior to each shooting session NRA qualification shoots are available for shotgun or rifles (scouts or Venturers) and pistols (for Venture's only.)  This is a unit activity. 

Fees:  Shotgun= $5 + $10 per 25 shots (Max class is 12)
Rifle=$6 +$1 per 20 shots (Max class is 16)
Pistol=$6 +$1 per 20 shots (Max class is 12)

NC 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 and to qualify for the parent / Scout shooting option on the Cherokee Sporting Clays course. It is appropriate training for Scouts, Venturers, parents & leaders. Attendance is required for the entire course for certification. This course is offered several times throughout the year or by unit request & there may be a $5 facility use fee, depending upon venue.

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

 

Rifle Fun Shoot:  Open range shooting at the rifle range for all Boy Scouts or Venture Crews. The 3 hour NRA 1st Steps course (1 ½ hr classroom & ½ hr range time) is recommended, but not required.  A 30 minute briefing will be provided, prior to each shooting session.  A troop could schedule a weekend at camp and get both the MB or NRA first steps and a fun shoot.  Fun shooting is $6 + $1 per 20 shots.

(SS program request/registration form)
(MANDATORY Permission Form)

Muzzleloading Rifle Class / fun shooting: This is an introduction to muzzleloading rifles.  It is a minimum 3 hour session, beginning with training on safety, history, ml operation, loading & firing.  It does not include training on shooting fundamentals & the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge or 1st Steps is desirable for shooting success.  The session ends with range shooting for Boy Scouts or Venture Crews.  The cost is $6 + $13 (12 shots + NRA ML manual.   Additional rounds are 4 for $1.00.  Once Scouts are certified in the class, they may return for ML fun shooting.  The cost for return visits is $6 + $1 per 4 shots.

(SS program request/registration form)
(MANDATORY Permission Form)

CSR 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 & “Field” targets.  Scouts who have the Archery merit badge & Adult leaders who can exhibit basic archery skills can shoot this ¼ mile trail.  Pre-trail practice &  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 $2.00 per shooter.

(SS program request/registration form)
(MANDATORY Permission Form)

Become a Cherokee RangeMaster

Role: Range Masters operate the Cherokee ranges  and teach shooting sports merit badges/NRA Classes, etc.  Must be a registered Scouter (21+ yrs old), become NRA certified as a “Range Safety Officer,” or “Trainer” / certified “Instructor.” (prior to serving as a RangeMaster)  They also should become First  Aid & CPR certified (within 6 mos of NRA certification), become ONSC approved MB counselor for their certified Shooting MB and serve as a RangeMaster / merit badge instructor at CSR, at least one weekend per year(for a SS program outside of their own unit.)  To be invited to the next ONSC NRA certification weekend to become a Cherokee RangeMaster, e-mail Jason Powers at Jason.powers@scouting.org and include your Name, e-mail address, phone number and mailing address 

See "Upcoming Events" 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 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE MADE OUR
SHOOTING SPORTS PROGRAM & FACILITIES POSSIBLE

Homer T. Bedlow
National Shooting Sports Foundation
Thomas BoBo 
 Reidsville Building Supply
BSA Shooting sports Grant 
Remington Arms
Davidson’s Inc.
Si Rothrock
D&T Merchantile  
Robert Shively
Hunter Galloway 
Jim Smith
James Grogan
Brian Tucker
Guilford Friends of the NRA
George Waldrep
Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

ONSC Shooting Sports Committee
Rick Dunnuck                                                         Robert Willis
Tommy Murray                                                       Chris Williams
J Trivette                                                             Ted Williams
John Young

Woodfield Range Officers

Cherokee RangeMasters

NRA Training Counselors
Mark Belli     Rick Dunnuck         Michael Holt          Mark Thompson