By Danielle Sturgis | September 4 2010 06:15

An NRA Certified Pistol Instructor class was taught August 27-29, 2010 by NRA Training Counselors Kevin Cummins, Steve Fleming and Mike Palazzolo. NRAblog is happy to publish this report, written by Cummins:

The Shooting Sports Committee of Greater St. Louis [Missouri] Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosts NRA Certified Instructor training for the Council’s adult leaders in order for them to provide qualified supervision to the 37,000 Scouts who are members of the Council in 27 counties in Missouri and Illinois.

Under the direction of NRA Training Counselor Kevin Cummins, an instructor class is held each month in different disciplines in order to have enough instructors to permit shooting sports activities to be offered to the youth of the Council. Classes are rotated monthly through the disciplines of Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, ML Rifle, ML Shotgun, ML Pistol, and Range Safety Officer. The BSA requires that all shooting sports activities must be supervised by a currently NRA Certified Instructor in the specific discipline being utilized and when on the range, must be supervised by a currently NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.

With approximately 20 instructor candidates in each class, a few hundred instructors are trained annually. This enables a sufficient amount of instructors to be available not only for unit shooting activities, but to have enough certified instructors and Range Safety Officers to staff the numerous district and council shooting events held annually.

In January, 2010 the Council hosted a Training Counselor Workshop for fifteen Certified Instructors wishing to be appointed as NRA Training Counselors. The three day workshop was held in the Emerson Theatre at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Instructors from Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Alabama, Indiana and Utah attended the workshop. These leaders are now teaching classes in their respective areas to instructor candidates.

Contact Kevin Cummins at if you would like assistance in planning classes for your local Scout Council.

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