By Lars Dalseide | October 31 2012 16:08

Having the right instructor can make all the difference in Scouting

Taking in the fine points of shotgun instructing by Kevin Cummins at the Beaumont Scout Reservation

Kevin Cummins is an NRA Advanced Certified Instructor out of St. Louis. He's been holding shotgun instructor courses in Missouri for a long time now. His specialty is teaching those who teach the scouts. Here's an update on a recent class:

The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA hosted a Shotgun Instructor class 12-13 October, 2012 at Beaumont Scout Reservation.

Education is key to firearm safety. We need to educate the next generation in the shooting sports. It begins with safe firearm handling.

Education is the foundation for everything we do. Our parents enrolled us in school so we could receive the education necessary to become good citizens and self-reliant members of society. It is incumbent upon us to continue our education daily and make certain that today’s youth are educated to best of their ability.

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 37,000 Scouts of the Council.

Students learning how to become shotgun instructors at the Beaumont Scout Reservation

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. When on the range, the scouts must be supervised by a currently NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to training our young shooters. We not only train youth in firearms safety, but also adults to be certified instructors. Training an average of fifteen instructors per month, these Scout leaders, now instructors can then go back to their home Scout troops, Venture crews and Explorer posts and train dozens of youth each year in firearms safety and shooting sports. For many, this will be their first experience with a firearm. It needs to be safe and it needs to be positive.

For more information, contact Kevin Cummins at FirearmSafety@AdvantageFET.com

The October Shotgun Instructor class from the Beaumont Scout Reservation

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