Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Pilot Now Accepting Applications

The Boy Scout Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Pilot Program is accepting applications for the 2014 pilot program. Twelve councils will be selected to take part in the pilot.

The goals of the program are to provide youth with the knowledge and skills to safely handle a pistol, retain youth by offering a quality program taught by first-class instructors, and increase summer camp attendance of older youth by providing activities they want to do and that challenge and improve their skills.

Two levels are offered:

  • Level 2: Pistol Open Shooting Experience
  • Level 3: Pistol Ongoing Shooting Sports Program (First Steps)

All youth participating in the Open Shooting Experience or the First Steps Program must be at least 13 years of age and have completed the 8th grade.

To participate in the 2014 Boy Scout pistol pilot program, a council must agree to:

  • Send at least two people to a special pilot training (details on dates, times and costs are included on the application).
  • Follow a two-hour block for the program during summer camp in 2014.
  • Exactly follow the syllabus and the First Steps training handbook.
  • Provide the names and email addresses of every youth attending camp during the weeks that the program is in session.
  • Report all incidents and near misses within 24 hours through the incident reporting system provided by BSA Health and Safety.

Applications for the 2014 program are due by end of day November 15, 2013. The application review committee will meet and will have a decision to councils by the second week of December 2013.

2014 Boy Scout Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Pilot Program Info

2014 Boy Scout Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Pilot Program Application

For additional information on the pilot program, contact Pat Wellen, director, Research & Program Innovation.

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