BB-gun shooting, like Archery, is a
camp program. Boys can earn BB-gun recognition items only at
council/district day camp, resident camp, or council-managed family
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
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.
Earning the BB Shooting Belt Loop
while a Wolf Cub Scout
also satisfies Elective 20n (toward Wolf Arrow Points).
BB Gun Shooting
belt loop, and complete
five of the
following requirements 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
- 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
- Draw to scale or set up a BB gun shooting
- Show improvement in your shooting ability with
an increase in scoring points.
- Help make a type of target for the camp BB gun
- Show how to put away and properly store BB gun
shooting equipment after use.
- Explain how to use the safety mechanism on a BB
- Tell five facts about the history of BB guns.