There are several ways to become certified and help enable the BSA shooting sports program. Different types of events require different personnel to be present with the appropriate certifications. Some certifications are from BSA while some are from partnering organizations such as USA Archery, National Field Archery Association and the National Rifle Association.

Where should you start? The answer starts with what are you interested in? Archery? Firearms? Air guns? Sling shots? The program is very diverse and covers anything that is thrown or launched into the air or shot.

Many people begin with becoming a BSA Rangemaster and an NRA Range Safety Officer.

For archery minded people the next step is becoming an Level 1 instructor certified by USA Archery.

For firearms the next step is to become an NRA certified instructor in pistol, rifle, shotgun or muzzleloading.

The Occoneechee Council Shooting Sports Committee has members that are certified in teaching the above courses and offer them through out the year. Check our calendar to find the dates that work for you. You can of course take USA Archery and NRA courses through other qualified providers. If you chose to do that we encourage you to research the prices before signing up.

Questions? Please feel free to contact us.