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NRA Instructor class

March 24, 2023 - March 26, 2023


Overview: This course will provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to instruct NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting and NRA First Steps courses.     This course will help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.  

Who: Scout leaders, at least 18 years of age. Candidates must have a solid background in firearm safety and be able to demonstrate good shotgun shooting skills and safety. This course is ideal for Venture Crew Advisors intending to offer Pistol programming as well as instructors from councils participating in Pistol Safety and Marksmanship Program. Special Note: Pistol shooting is not a unit level activity for Scouts BSA.  Washington Crossing Council does not currently offer Scouts BSA Pistol Programs (but may in the future). 

All participants must be US Citizens or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens permitted to handle, possess, transport and receive instruction on firearms training in accordance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations 22 CFR Subchapter M

What: On successful completion, candidates will receive a National Rifle Association Instructors Rating in Certified Pistol, which is required by BSA to supervise Pistol Shooting.   The course consists of 3 segments:  NRA Basics of Pistol Training (Student version), Basic Instructor Training (NRA aims and methods) and Certified Pistol Instructor Training.  A shooting qualification is required for instructor credentialing. 

When: The course will consist of about 26-30 hours of classroom and range training.  The course will begin at 5pm Friday  and should conclude mid afternoon on Sunday.  Tentative Schedule: Friday 5-11, Saturday 7-6 Sunday 8-3 with breaks and meals).  

Where: The course will be held at the STEM Center at Ockanickon Scout Reservation. Participants are encouraged to stay overnight in a campsite.  Instructor Candidates must supply their own tent and camping items.  (Staying on site is not a requisite part of the program).  Meals will be provided for Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch.   Be prepared

Cost: Cost for this training is $165. The course fee includes lodging, training materials and supplies, meals and snacks.  Successful candidates must also activate NRA credentials at an additional cost directly to NRA.  NRA Membership is encouraged, but not required.

Equipment: Bring eye and ear protection, notebook and pen/pencil. No personal firearms or ammunition are permitted.  All firearms, ammunition, and qualification targets will be provided.  You may bring any props or instructional aids  other than firearms (You will demonstrate teaching skills throughout the weekend)

Class size is limited, only the first 12 qualified applicants will be accepted. You must be present for and complete the entire course in order to receive your certification.



March 24, 2023
March 26, 2023
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Ockanickon Scout Reservation
5787 State Park Road
Pipersville, PA 18947 United States