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Next NCAC Shooting Sports Committee Meetings: Tuesday, April 2 at MSSC – ALL members are requested to attend; and Tuesday, May 7 teleconference.

It is with great sadness that the NCAC family acknowledge the loss of one of our most active and effective Scouters. John Leonard Wolfgang, Jr. has gone home. John was not only the chairman of this committee and leading a significant quality improvement effort in BSA Shooting Sports training and safety in the Council and Nationally, but he has also been a leader in many committees and teams in our Council, our Region, and for BSA nationally.

A longtime member of BSA National Training Committee, Exploring Committee, Learning for Life Committee, Venturing Program Committee, and Safety Committee, John was a major author of an astounding amount of high quality training materials primarily in Exploring and Venturing, and is one of the Founders of the Powder Horn course. Serving Scouting for over 63 years, John is an Eagle, earned Exploring Silver Award, Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver, a Fox in Wood Badge and as Course Director, Venturing Leadership Award, Spurgeon Award, the District Award of Merit, directed multiple courses at Philmont, 15 year Scoutmaster, and 33 year Explorer Post & Venturing Crew 1275 Advisor, and staffed 9 National Jamborees including as National Exhibits and Displays Chairman, and also staffed 2 World Jamborees. John served his entire Scouting experience through the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Leaders of his caliber (pun intended) are rare and we cherish our time with them.

**NOTICE** We are actively looking active participation from all NCAC Districts in our committee. To observe or join in on our meetings, if you have questions regarding shooting sports training, instructor certifications, seek Council authorization for adding shooting sports to an activity or similar shooting sports questions, please contact your District’s Shooting Sports Coordinator who should already be an active member of our Committee and coordinate with us. You may also direct inquiries and comments on the website to the NCAC Shooting Sports Committee Webmaster “ncacsscwebmaster [at] gmail [dot] com” who will direct the inquiry to the Committee as we select a new Chairman. If you have questions or corrections about this webpage, please email NCAC Shooting Sports Committee Webmaster Brian Suddeth — ncacsscwebmaster [at] gmail [dot] com.

**NOTICE** The BSA National Shooting Sports Manual published in 2015 has some out of date information. Here is a supplement which notes important corrections.

Shooting Sports Committee Minutes Page

**NOTICE** Merit Badge Counselors must ensure qualified and certified supervision according to Guide to Safe Scouting standards in order to run any shooting activity (rifle, shotgun, archery) under BSA rules. Generally this means certification by USA Archery for Archery sports, and NRA Certified Instructor for Rifle, Pistol or Shotgun including muzzle loading. See this reference for special qualifications or certifications requirements: BSA Guide to Advancements – The Merit Badge Program

Important Shooting Sports Committee Documents:
NCAC March 2019 Shooting Sports Calendar & Training Opportunities (Please provide District Camporee dates that want shooting activities ASAP.)
BSA Training Course Schedule for March
Shooting Sports Publications Listing

NCAC – So You Want to Hold a Scouting Shooting Sports Activity? (April 2017)
NCAC Shooting Sports Standard Operating Procedures 01-24-2018 Revision – Signed
BSA Shooting Sports Publications

Shooting Sports Reference Links:
Shooting Sports Resource Page
Latest Shooting Sports News!
Look for University of Scouting handouts and other new resources soon!

Archery & NRA Instructor Certification Opportunities are listed in the Monthly calendar for shooting sports (see the calendar link above). You can also search online for Archery courses at this link for USA Archery – Become a Coach to find additional USA Archery courses and contact information.

NRA instructor courses are frequent and in many locations nationally. The NRA courses may have a BSA reduced rate, so contact the instructor for further information. Search NRA Training – Credentials to find course contact information.

Shooting Sports Reference Links:
Shooting Sports Resource Page
Shooting Sports Committee Minutes Page
Latest Shooting Sports News!
Look for University of Scouting handouts and other new resources soon!

NCAC adheres to the Boy Scouts of America’s longstanding policy of teaching its youth and adult members the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, air rifles, BB guns, and archery equipment in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.

From Cub Scouting to Venturing and Sea Scouting, all program divisions use responsible outdoor activities to promote character development and values-based leadership training. Shooting sports have the ability to attract and retain youth in the movement. Millions of young people participate in one or more of the sports annually — archery, rifle shooting, shotgun activities, etc. — guided by adult volunteers who have the skills and knowledge to provide quality programs in a safe and effective way.​

Updated: March 31, 2019