The Boy Scouts can earn Merit Badges in Rifle and Shotgun Shooting. This is the Merit Badge for Rifle.

Since its origin, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been viewed as one of the most respected organizations to guide male youths’ development and to instill in them not only skills but character. Among the many programs that Scouts can participate in are target shooting and marksmanship, and from those can aspire to earn Merit Badges in Rifle and Shotgun Shooting.

For the last several years the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has provided matching grants to Boy Scouts of America Councils that wish to establish or expand their target shooting and marksmanship programs. This year, NSSF has doubled its past support by making $100,000 available for the funding of grants, which individually can provide as much as $2,000 to local BSA councils.

Target shooting programs rank among Scouting’s most popular activities. These programs teach marksmanship, firearms and range safety, teamwork building, and other skills.

Grant guidelines and application procedures are available at

NSSF’s retailer members also benefit by this grant program, because BSA councils awarded these dedicated funds must use those grants for the purchase of equipment and supplies for their shooting sports activities from an NSSF Member Retailer. The full list of these retailers is available here. Councils interested in applying for the grant can get more information from Samantha Pedder, NSSF Manager, Outreach and Diversity (203-426-1320 ext. 286;