By Lars Dalseide | February 3 2011 14:21
NRA Certified Rifle Instructor class held for the St. Louis Area Boy Scouts of America Council on NRAblog.com

NRA Certified Instructor Kevin Cummins sends us the following on a NRA Certified Rifle Instructor class held for the St. Louis Area Boy Scouts of America Council:

St. Louis, Missouri - Twenty-six candidates successfully completed an NRA Certified Rifle Instructor class 28-30 January, 2011 by NRA Training Counselors Kevin Cummins, Steve Fleming, Mike Palazzolo and David Whitney. These Training Counselors are part of the Shooting Sports Committee of Greater St. Louis [Missouri] Area Council of the BSA. The committee produces 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 eastern Missouri and Illinois.

While many of these instructor candidates were from the Missouri Illinois area, candidates from Minnesota, Mississippi and Texas traveled to St. Louis to participate in the training workshop.

Under the direction of NRA Training Counselor Kevin Cummins, an instructor workshop 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 Midwest. 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 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.

During the 2010 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the BSA, the Shooting Sports Committee built and staffed a range in St. Louis’ Forest Park with 84 Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers enabling 10,420 Scouts to have fun safely shooting rifles that day. For many of these Scouts, it was their first time completing a firearm safety course, and shooting a rifle.

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 FirearmSafety@AdvantageFET.com if you would like assistance in planning classes or events for your local Scout Council.

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