One of the most popular activities that Scouts participate in, are that of the shooting sports. These include archery, BB Gun, airgun, blackpowder, rifle, shotgun and pistol shooting.
The shooting sports have had a long-standing tradition from the very beginning of Scouting, and "Marksman" was one of the first fourteen Badges of Merit offered in the original 1910 Scout Handbook. "Archery" was added to the Boy Scout Handbook in 1911.
All firearm activities are supervised by one or more NRA (National Rifle Association) Certified Instructors/Range Safety Officers as dictated by the BSA Health and Safety Guidelines and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
The Boy Scouts of America adheres to its longstanding policy of teaching its youth and adult members the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, airguns, and BB guns in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.
With certain restrictions:
• Cub Scouts can participate in BB Gun and archery activities;
• Boy Scouts can participate in airgun, archery, blackpowder rifle, modern rifle, blackpowder shotgun, and modern shotgun activities;
• Venture Scouts can participate in airgun, archery, blackpowder rifle, modern rifle, blackpowder shotgun, modern shotgun, and pistol activities.
The Great Sauk Trail Council hosts a series of highly supervised youth shooting events. These include several specifically designed for Boy Scout Merit Badges and several for Venture and Ranger awards.