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It's no secret that the NRA and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have been working together for years to help train those in Scouting to become NRA Certified Intructors and Training Counselors. This weekend, a group of 14 BSA National Camp School Directors from all across the country have traveled to NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia for some additional training.

Already certified as NRA Training Counselors, the group is attending training to learn about how to implement shooting sports programs at their National Camp Schools, helping expose thousands of Scouts to the shooting sports and helping them earn Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badges. They already use their Training Counselor certification to create NRA Certified Instructors within the BSA network, helping to expand the number of adults who are qualified to help Scouts earn their shooting Merit Badges and learn firearms safety.


NRA assisting "Year-Round" Boy Scouts shooting programs

NRA Director Bill Poole holds a memo of support from the Boy Scouts of America Fairfax, Virginia - As Director of the NRA Education and Training Department, Bill Poole is a busy man. There's courses to review, instructors to recruit, materials to order and much much more. But when there's an opportunity to put something together with a quality organization like the Boy Scouts of America, there's always time to spare. That's where the "Memorandum of Mutual Support" comes into play.

Occurring almost to the day of Scouting's 102th Anniversary (founded on February 8, 1910), the memo helps solidifies the relationship between the two groups. Among other things, it recognizes the Boy Scouts as "the national leader in youth development ..." and acknowledges that "the National Rifle Association as the nation's leader in providing firearms safety and marksmanship training." Additional mentions include the importance of marksmanship, the need to improve training and value of NRA Certified Instructors.


Walking up to the front door of the 14th Annual Boy Scouts Sporting Clays Invitational at the South Florida Shooting ClubPhilip Schreier, Senior Curator for NRA's National Firearms Museum, was in Florida over the weekend for the 14th Annual Boy Scouts Sporting Clays Invitational at the South Florida Shooting Club — here's his report:

West Palm Beach, Florida - For the 14th year in a row, the Gulf Stream Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted their invitational sporting clays event to raise money to benefit the programs of this south Florida scouting community.

The event was held at the spectacular facilities of the South Florida Shooting Club, a 25 million dollar shooting venue located on 650 acres just 45 minutes from West Palm Beach. This amazing shooting sports complex has 8 Trap fields, 3 fully automated Sporting Clays courses, 2 Skeet fields and a number of 5 Stand fields.


At SHOT Show with NRA's 2012 Youth Ambassadors with Frank and Pete Brownell and Olympian Kim Rhode on NRAblog

Las Vegas, Nevada - Yesterday afternoon, members of the hunting and shooting industry gathered for the introduction of this year's Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors:

  • Boy Scouts of America: 17-year-old Will Turner from Matthews, North Carolina.
  • National High School Rodeo Association: 16-year-old Jesse Rogers from Bloomfield, New Mexico.
  • USA Shooting: 17-year-old Brandy Drozd from Bryant, Texas.
  • Royal Rangers: 17-year-old Jared Hill from Salem, New Jersey.
  • BSA Venturing: 20-year-old Josh Nolan from Dawsonville, Georgia.
  • National Rifle Association: 18-year-old Olivia Cashman from Wisconsin.
  • More

    NRA's involvement with the Boy Scouts of America's shooting sports program has grown tremendously over the past few years, so it's only natural that we would include a Boy Scout and a Venture Scout in our selection for the 2012 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors program. Bryan Wendell, Senior Editor of Scouting magazine, recently featured the selection of two young men to serve as Abmassadors and represent the shooting sports and scouting.

    Two Scouts named NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors

    2012 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Josh Nolan 2012 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Will Turner Many young men and women have their first experience firing a rifle or shotgun in the Boy Scouts of America. But earning these two merit badges is only the beginning.

    The BSA’s partnership with the National Rifle Association has extended into national jamborees, weekend activities, and countless summer camps.

    Both the BSA and NRA want the same thing: to teach young men and women how to properly and responsibly engage in shooting sports.

    That’s why two of the six Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors for 2012 come from the BSA’s ranks.

    Three cheers to 17-year-old Boy Scout Will Turner from Matthews, N.C. (left), and 20-year-old Venturer Josh Nolan from Dawsonville, Ga (right).

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Congratulations to Will and Josh for being chosen as 2012 Ambassdors, and stay tuned for profiles on all our 2012 Ambassadors and stories about their upcoming trip to SHOT Show.

    2012 Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors logo

    Our Youth Programs Department just announced the 2012 selection of the Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, a group of young people making a difference in the shooting sports and their community. These 6 young men and women are members of various NRA Youth Cooperative Organizations with shooting programs and were chosen for excellence in academics, involvement within their community, and participation in the shooting sports.

    Here's a quick look at the 2012 Ambassadors who will represent their respective Youth Cooperative Organizations in 2012:


    Easybird and box after box filled with clay pigeons Fairfax, Virginia - You never know what you're going to find when walking the halls here at the National Rifle Association. There's a polar bear in the lobby, trophies in the atrium, a row of deer heads over on the fourth floor and an Champion Easybird Auto-Feed Trap sitting outside the NRA's Education and Training Department.

    Not only was there an Easybird, but also box after box filled with clay pigeons just waiting to be launched. As someone relatively new to the trap and skeet show, seeing that contraption in the hallway filled my head with all the possible locations where I could take it for the weekend. An open field or the perfect ridge. But before coming up with the just the right place, Education & Training Director Bill Poole stepped out to douse my inspiration.


    A young man aims his air rifle at the NRA Air Gun Range during the 26th Annual Joe Gibbs Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair and Auctions

    Bristow, Virginia - Yesterday we showed you photos from this weekend's Joe Gibbs Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair & Auctions where NRA's Youth Programs Department brought back the popular Air Gun Range. Stocked with Crosman air guns and loads of pellets, the range featured 16 firing points where shooters could take aim at a variety of targets including animal silhouettes, falling plates, and swinging targets.


    Jim Supica, Phil Schreier and others pose for the opening of the Marksman exhibit on NRAblog

    Irving, Texas - Jim Supica and Phil Schreier traveled south for the opening of the Marksman Exhibit at the National Boy Scouts Museum in Irving, Texas. In addition to the rifles the National Firearms Museum's, there were a number a nostalgic displays that took you back to the original days of Scouting ... here's a look at a portion of the exhibit.

    A look at Fort Fun at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas on NRAblog


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