Cub Scout BB-Gun Shooting
| BB-Gun Shooting|
Belt Loop and Pin
BB-Gun Shooting Sports Belt Loop
|The Cub Scout BB-Gun Shooting Belt Loop and Pin help prepare Scouts for the Boy Scout Rifle Shooting Merit Badge.|
For Camp Only
BB-gun shooting, is a camp program. Boys can earn BB-gun recognition items only at council/district day camp, resident camp, or council-managed family camping programs.
BB-Gun programs are not permitted at den and pack activities. However, leaders can help parents understand the importance of training and encourage attendance of boys at Cub Scout camps that offer this training.
Many Cub Scouts have BB guns or air rifles at home and will be exposed to some type of firearm while growing up. Parents should understand that safety is as necessary with BB guns and air rifles as it is in any other aspect of shooting. Training is essential in learning how to shoot well, and safe shooting habits developed early help provide the atmosphere for learning these skills.
Gun-shooting sports are not an approved part of the Cub Scout program, except at Cub Scout day or resident camp.
At camp, boys might have an opportunity to take part in a BB-gun (rifle) safety and marksmanship program under the direction of a trained BB-gun range officer. These range officers must attend a three-hour training program conducted by a National Camping School-certified field sports director or National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor.
The BB-Gun Shooting belt loop and pin can only be awarded by a BSA range-trained shooting-sports director at a BSA approved range.
Belt Loop Requirements
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the BB-Gun Shooting belt loop by participating in the archery safety program at Cub Scout camp.
Complete these three requirements:
- Explain the rules for safe BB-Gun Shooting that you have learned in the district/council camp or activity you are attending with your leader or adult partner.
- Demonstrate to your leader or adult partner good BB-Gun Shooting techniques, including eye dominance, shooting shoulder, breathing, sight alignment, trigger squeeze, follow through.
- Practice shooting at your district or council camp for the time allowed.
Sports Pin Requirements
The BB sports pin is earned by completing the camp BB gun safety program and qualifying with a minimum of 60 credits in firing activities with a parent or adult partner.
A certified range officer must be present.
Earn the BB-Gun Shooting belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- Explain the parts of a BB gun and demonstrate how to properly load the gun.
- Demonstrate the shooting positions.
- Develop proficient shooting techniques by practicing for three hours.
- Learn the correct scoring techniques for target BB gun shooting.
- Make a poster that emphasizes the proper range commands.
- Draw to scale or set up a BB gun shooting range.
- Show improvement in your shooting ability with an increase in scoring points.
- Help make a type of target for the camp BB gun shooting range.
- Show how to put away and properly store BB gun shooting equipment after use.
- Explain how to use the safety mechanism on a BB gun.
- Tell five facts about the history of BB guns.
Councils may provide extra opportunities for a boy and his adult partner to continue qualifying for a pin after the council camp experience is over. However, a certified range officer must be present for shooting credits to be valid.
Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award Certificate Requirements
Before completing the Pro Marksman requirements below, the following criteria must be met:
- Instruction: Complete a basic BB gun marksmanship safety course.
- Shooting: Fire five groups of shots (three shots per group) that can be covered by a quarter, and then adjust the BB gun sights so that the group is centered on a bull's eye. (No specific score is required.) Then fire the Marksmanship levels shown below.
Score Requirements for BB-Gun Recognition Certificate
|Marksman Level||Target||Position||Number of Bull's eyes Required||Number of Shots Required per Bull's eye||Minimum Score required per Shot|
Certificates may be awarded to the Cub Scout or Webelos Scout at any time he achieves a level of marksmanship. It is possible to earn five certificates if every level of marksmanship has been accomplished.
| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2017 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)
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Related achievements, electives, or other awards
- Wolf Cub Scout
- Wolf Electives
- Elective 20n. would be met by earning the Cub Scout BB-Gun Shooting Belt Loop while a Wolf Cub Scout
- 23b. Cub Scout BB-Gun Shooting is an individual sport for Bear requriement 23.
- Bear Electives
- Elective 20f. would be met by earning the Cub Scout BB-Gun Shooting Pin while a Bear Cub Scout