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Venture Crew 71 Sponsored Shooting Sports Training

Spring 2018 Pistol, Muzzleloading, and RSO/Range Master Courses

In an effort to enhance Shooting Sports in Tecumseh Council, Venture Crew 71 is continuing to sponsor and conduct training courses for certifications required by BSA to run the various shooting activities at Camp Birch and at unit, district and council levels throughout the council.  All BSA shooting activities must be supervised by properly certified people at approved facilities. Many Packs, Troops, and Venture Crews want to participate in appropriate shooting sports activities throughout the year.  We need properly certified adults to enable these activities. Cub Scouts are only allowed to shoot archery and/or BB guns at council sponsored events.  These events and all archery events must be supervised by BSA certified Range Masters age 18 or older.  Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun ranges (including muzzle loading) must be supervised by NRA certified Range Safety Officers (RSO) and NRA/NMLRA Certified Instructors certified for the discipline being fired.  The RSOs and Instructors may not be the same person.  Venturers are allowed shoot handguns after successful completion of the NRA Basic Pistol course.

These courses are presented by NRA Certified Instructors, NRA Training Counselors, NRA Chief RSOs and BSA Certified Shooting Sports Directors.  All the courses will be held at Camp Birch.  All courses are open to registered Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters.  Participants from outside BSA will require approval of the instructors and will be charged up to an additional $25 per course. 

NRA Basic Courses, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) (within previous 2 years) and prequalification are prerequisites for NRA Instructor Courses.  The Basic, BIT, and Instructor courses are open to adults and youth age 14 or older.  Youth ages 14 thru 17 may become NRA Apprentice Instructors.  Youth ages 18 thru 20 may become NRA Assistant Instructors.  Only adults age 21 and older may become fully certified NRA Instructors or RSOs.  Only NRA Certified Instructors and RSOs may run BSA firearms ranges.  Apprentice and Assistant Instructors may assist and when they turn 21 they may become fully certified by a Training Counselor without having to repeat the appropriate instructor course.  Depending upon the response class sizes may have to be limited.

All courses will be held at BSA Camp Birch, 4023 Swimming Pool Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387.  Friday Classes will run from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM in the Training Lodge.  Saturday Classes will run from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM in the Training Lodge.  Sunday Classes will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00PM as necessary at the Range.

Advanced registration 2 Weeks before the course is necessary to allow us to acquire the required resources for the course.  Only register if you are planning to attend.  The Basic, BIT, and RSO/Range Master courses will be held if we have at least 8 participants signed up.  The Instructor courses require at least 10 participants.

To Register for any of these courses, contact Ray Blowers by E-mail at [Click for member's page], or Phone: (937) 429-2191

Payment will be by cash or check at the door.  NRA Instructor and RSO students will also be responsible for additional on-line fees of $20 to $50 (based upon certification type and NRA membership) per NRA certification after successful course completion. Participants should bring a sack lunch for all Saturday courses.  All venues are unheated so participants should dress accordingly.  All necessary supplies will be furnished for all courses.   Course offerings are described below. 

Any certified instructors interested in helping with any of the courses contact Ray Blowers as above.

NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) - This is the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) course that is required no more than 2 years before, or during, any NRA Firearms Instructor course.  This course will be offered on Friday, 13 Apr 2018, and Friday, 4 May 2018, beginning at 5:30 PM at a cost of $30 per participant for instructor candidates.  The classes will start at 5:30 PM on Fridays before the Instructors courses and last till 10:00 PM.  (Pat Price, Ed Hess, Ray Blowers, DG Adams)

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting/Concealed Carry Training/Pistol Instructor Course Pre-Qual – This is the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course plus.  Completion of this course is required for Venturers to be allowed to shoot pistols.  The completion certificate of this course with Concealed Carry may be presented to the local sheriff as required training for Ohio’s concealed carry permit.  This course is also a prerequisite for the NRA Pistol Instructor course.  The pre-qualification for the Pistol Instructor course will be included in this course.  This course will be offered on 24 – 25 Mar 2018 at a cost of $60 per Basic participant and $80 for Concealed Carry and Instructor candidates.   Basic participants will shoot furnished 22 cal pistols and ammunition.  Concealed Carry and Instructor candidates may shoot the furnished pistols and ammunition or may bring their own firearms and 200 rounds of ammunition if not 22 long rifle caliber. This course includes familiarization with many kinds, calibers, and types of handguns.  This course does not include the local sheriff’s additional cost for the concealed carry permit.  (Pat Price, Ed Hess, Ray Blowers, DG Adams)

NRA Pistol Instructor Training – This is the NRA Pistol Instructor course which if passed results in recommendation for certification as an NRA Pistol Instructor The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course, BIT (within 2 years), and a level of shooting pre-qualification are pre-requisites for this course.  The instructor course pre-qualification will be accomplished during the Basic Pistol Course and/or finished during this course.  This course will be offered on 14 - 15 Apr 2018 at a cost of $100 per participant.  (Ed Hess, Ray Blowers, Pat Price, DG Adams)

NRA/NMLRA Basic Muzzle Loading Course

NRA/NMLRA Basic Muzzle Loading Shooting Training/NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor Course Pre-Qualification – This is the NRA Basic Muzzle Loading Shooting Course.  This course, and a level of firearms pre-qualification are prerequisites for the NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor course.  The pre-qualification will be included in this course for instructor candidates.  This course will be offered on 27 -28 Apr 2018 at a cost of $65 per participant for the basic course and $80 for instructor candidates.  (Ray Blowers, Pat Price, Ed Hess, DG Adams)

NRA/NMLRA Muzzle Loading Instructor Course

The NRA/NMLRA Muzzle-Loading Instructor Course and the associated BIT Course scheduled for 4-6 May at Camp Birch is being postponed until later this summer or fall since we did not have the necessary number of students sign up.

NRA/NMLRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor Training – This is the NRA Muzzle Loading Instructor course which if passed results in recommendation for certification as an NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor.  The prerequisite NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) course is offered the evening before this course. The NRA Basic Muzzle Loading Rifle course, BIT, and a level of shooting pre-qualification are prerequisites for this course. The pre-qualification will be accomplished during the Basic Muzzle Loading Rifle Shooting Course or may be accomplished during this course with permission of the instructors.  This course will be offered 5 - 6 May 2018 at a cost of $110 per participant. (DG Adams, Ray Blowers, Pat Price, Ed Hess)

NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) and BSA Range Master Courses

Range Safety Officer (RSO) Training – This is the NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course which, when passed, results in certification as a Range Safety Officer. This course will include the Cub Scout BB and Archery Range Master training below.  These courses will be offered on 1 - 2 Jun 2018 at a cost of $90 per participant.  The class will start at 8:30 AM and last till 5:00 PM.  Participants will be asked to gain hands-on range RSO experience during 2018.  (Pat Price, Ray Blowers, Ed Hess, DG Adams)

BSA BB and Archery Range Master Training – This course is given to certify adults to supervise the Archery and BB gun ranges for Tecumseh Council sponsored Cub Scout activities and any Boy Scout or Venturing Archery activities.  BSA Range Master certification is good for two (2) years.  Participants will be asked to gain hands-on experience supervising range activities sometime during 2018.  (Pat Price, Ray Blowers)

Lead Instructors/Training Counselors:

Pat Price, (937) 427-9310, [Click for member's page]

Ed Hess, (937) 427-0266,

Ray Blowers, (937) 429-2191, [Click for member's page]

D G Adams, (937) 206-1799, [Click for member's page]

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