Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards
Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards


Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district or council level. Archery, BB gun shooting, and slingshot shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or to council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. All shooting ranges in the Cub Scout program must be supervised by a qualified range master who is at least 18 years of age and who meets the minimum requirements. See specific qualifications and training requirements for Cub Scout shooting sports range masters in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 430-938.

Cub Scouts earn the shooting sports awards in the following order:

  1. Rank-level patch. Choose a discipline: BB gun, archery, or slingshot. Complete the Level 1 requirements for that discipline.
  2. Discipline device (pin). Complete the Level 2 requirements for the same discipline in which the patch was earned.
  3. Additional discipline devices. Earn pins for the remaining disciplines by completing the Level 1 and Level 2 requirements in those disciplines. (NOTE: Both Level 1 and Level 2 requirements must be completed for each successive discipline.)

BB Gun Requirements

  • LEVEL 1: PARTICIPATION AND KNOWLEDGE (ALL RANKS)
    1. Explain what you should do if you find a gun. Recite the four safety reminders.
    2. On an approved range in your city or state, explain how to use the safety mechanism, and demonstrate how to properly load, fire, and secure the BB gun.
    3. On an approved range, demonstrate to qualified leadership good shooting techniques, including eye dominance, shooting shoulder, breathing, sight alignment, trigger squeeze, and follow-through.
    4. On an approved range, show how to put away and properly store BB gun shooting equipment after use.
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  • LEVEL 2: SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE
    To earn the Level 2 Skill and Knowledge recognition, Cub Scouts must complete the Level 1 Participation and Knowledge requirements, and do the following:
    • Tigers must complete S1–S3 from the Tiger column.
    • Wolves and Bears must complete S1–S4 from the Wolf/Bear column.
    • Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts must complete S1–S4 from the Webelos/Arrow of Light column.
  Tiger Wolf / Bear Webelos / Arrow of Light
S1 Demonstrate one of the positions associated with shooting BB guns. Demonstrate one of the positions associated with shooting BB guns. Demonstrate the prone, bench, and sitting positions associated with shooting BB guns.
S2 On an approved range, fire five BBs at the “TIGER” target. Score your target; then repeat and do your best to improve your score. (Fire a total of 10 BBs.) On an approved range, fire five BBs at the “CUB SCOUT” target. Score your target; then repeat twice and do your best to improve your score each time. (Fire a total of 15 BBs.) On an approved range, fire five BBs at the “WEBELOS/AOL” target. Score your target; then repeat three times and do your best to improve your score. (Fire a total of 20 BBs.)
S3 Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them.
S4   Tell five facts about the history of BB guns. Tell five facts about the history of BB guns.

Archery Requirements

  • LEVEL 1: PARTICIPATION AND KNOWLEDGE (ALL RANKS)
    1. Demonstrate how to follow archery range safety rules and whistle commands.
    2. Identify and name a recurve bow and/or compound bow
    3. Explain and demonstrate how to apply and use arm guards, finger tabs, and quivers.
    4. On an approved range, demonstrate how to safely and effectively shoot a bow and arrow, including how to establish a correct stance, nock the arrow, hook and grip the bow, raise the bow, draw, anchor, hold, aim, and release/follow through
    5. On an approved range, demonstrate how to safely retrieve arrows after the range is clear and the command to retrieve arrows has been provided.
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  • LEVEL 2: SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE
    To earn the Level 2 Skill and Knowledge recognition, Cub Scouts must complete the Level 1 Participation and Knowledge requirements, and do the following:
    • Tigers must complete S1–S3 from the Tiger column.
    • Wolves must complete S1–S4 from the Wolf column.
    • Bears must complete S1–S4 from the Bear column.
    • Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts must complete S1–S4 from the Webelos/Arrow of Light column.
  Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos / Arrow of Light
S1 Identify three parts of the arrow and three major parts of the bow you will be shooting. Identify three parts of the arrow and four major parts of the bow you will be shooting. Identify four parts of the arrow and five major parts of the bow you will be shooting. Identify five parts of the arrow and six major parts of the bow you will be shooting.
S2 Shoot three arrows at a target on an approved range; then repeat and do your best to improve your score. (Shoot a total of six arrows.) Shoot five arrows at a target on an approved range; then repeat and do your best to improve your score. (Shoot a total of 10 arrows.) Shoot five arrows at a target on an approved range; then repeat twice and do your best to improve your score each time. (Shoot a total of 15 arrows.) Shoot five arrows at a target on an approved range; then repeat three times and do your best to improve your score each time. (Shoot a total of 20 arrows.)
S3 Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands, and explain how and when to use them.
S4   Tell five facts about archery in history or literature. Tell five facts about archery in history or literature. Tell five facts about archery in history or literature.

Slingshot Requirements

  • LEVEL 1: PARTICIPATION AND KNOWLEDGE (ALL RANKS)
    1. On an approved range, demonstrate to qualified leadership good shooting techniques, including eye dominance, breathing, sight alignment, and follow-through.
    2. On an approved range, explain the parts of a slingshot and demonstrate how to properly use them.
    3. Explain the different types of ammunition that may be used with a slingshot and those that may not be used.
    4. Explain the different types of targets that may be used with a slingshot and those that may not be used.
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  • LEVEL 2: SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE
    To earn the Level 2 Skill and Knowledge recognition, a Cub Scout must complete the Level 1 Participation and Knowledge requirements, and do the following:
    • Tigers must complete S1–S3 from the Tiger column.
    • Wolves must complete S1–S3 from the Wolf column.
    • Bears must complete S1–S3 from the Bear column.
    • Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts must complete S1–S3 from the Webelos/Arrow of Light column.
  Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos / Arrow of Light
S1 On an approved range, shoot three shots at a target; then repeat and do your best to improve your score. (Shoot a total of six shots.) On an approved range, shoot five shots at a target; then repeat and do your best to improve your score. (Shoot a total of 10 shots.) On an approved range, shoot five shots at a target; then repeat twice and do your best to improve your score each time. (Shoot a total of 15 shots.) On an approved range, shoot five shots at a target; then repeat three times and do your best to improve your score each time. (Shoot a total of 20 shots.)
S2 Demonstrate proper range commands and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands and explain how and when to use them. Demonstrate proper range commands and explain how and when to use them.
S3 On an approved range, try shooting with your non-dominant hand. On an approved range, try shooting with your non-dominant hand. On an approved range, try shooting with your non-dominant hand. On an approved range, try shooting with your non-dominant hand.

Source: Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards Requirements (510-320_WEB) 2016 Printing


Page updated on: February 05, 2016



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