Rotary Scout Reservation

shooting sports



The Shooting Sports program teaches Scouts marksmanship and the safe handling of firearms, under the careful supervision of a BSA and National Rifle Association trained and certified director.  Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badges are both offered at RSR, and there are open shoots each afternoon and evening for anyone who wishes to participate.  Time permitting, there may also be opportunities for Scouts to attempt to qualify for the NRA Rifle Marksmanship program.

By New York State law, a Scout must be at least 12 years old to fire a rifle or shotgun.  Personal firearms are not permitted at camp.

Due to the difficulty many smaller boys have handling a shotgun, we strongly recommend that Scouts be at least 13 years old and physically and mentally mature before attempting Shotgun Shooting merit badge.

Participants in Rifle and Shotgun Shooting merit badges may need to attend additional open shoots in order to meet the scoring qualifications.

Unit Leaders are encouraged to join us for open shoot and special Leader-only open shoot opportunities.

Aim For A Good Time

Area Merit Badges

(links to requirements)

Rifle Shooting

Shotgun Shooting

Other Area Programs

Open Shoot

Black Powder Shoot

Twin Rivers Council, BSA

Rotary Scout Reservation strives to ensure that a Scout has ample opportunity to complete all requirements for his chosen merit badges while at camp.  Some merit badges, however, have requirements which are best completed before coming to camp.  Links to the complete requirements are on the right.  The following merit badges have prerequisites which we recommend completing prior to camp. 

Rifle Shooting

  1. Complete requirements 1d and 1f

Shotgun Shooting

  1. Complete requirements 1d and 1f


  1. Scouts must know the firearm laws of their home state and be able to discuss these with the counselor

  2. It is recommended that Scouts do not take both Rifle and Shotgun merit badge in the same week.

Merit Badge Prerequisites