Cub Scout Sports
for Camp Only

BB Gun Shooting Belt Loop


The requirements listed below were taken from
Shooting Sports for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Parents in Camp, No. 13-550

These requirements have been superseded by those in the 2003 Printing.
Click here to see the current requirements.

BB-gun shooting, is a camp program. Boys can earn BB-gun recognition items only at council/district day camp, resident camp, or council-managed family camping programs

BB-Gun programs are not permitted at den and pack activities. However, leaders can help parents understand the importance of training and encourage attendance of boys at Cub Scout camps that offer this training.

Many Cub Scouts have BB guns or air rifles at home and will be exposed to some type of firearm while growing up. Parents should understand that safety is as necessary with BB guns and air rifles as it is in any other aspect of shooting. Training is essential in learning how to shoot well, and safe shooting habits developed early help provide the atmosphere for learning these skills.

Gun-shooting sports are not an approved part of the Cub Scout program,
except at Cub Scout day or resident camp.
At camp, boys might have an opportunity to take part in a BB-gun (rifle) safety and marksmanship program under the direction of a trained BB-gun range officer. These range officers must attend a three-hour training program conducted by a National Camping School-certified field sports director or National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor.

The BB-Gun Shooting belt loop and pin can only be awarded by a BSA range-trained shooting-sports director
at a BSA approved range.

Belt Loop

Complete these two requirements:

  1. Complete the camp basic BB gun marksmanship safety course.
  2. Fire 15 shots at a 4-inch or 5-inch target. No particular score is required. Participant must be able to adjust the BB gun sight.

Sports Pin

The BB sports pin is earned by completing the camp BB gun safety program and qualifying with a minimum of 60 credits in firing activities with a parent or adult partner.
A certified range officer must be present.


  1. Complete the camp basic BB gun marksmanship safety course (15 credits).
  2. Fire three groups of shots (three shots per group) that can be covered by a quarter. Participant must be able to adjust the BB gun sight (15 credits),

Choose from the following firing levels to earn the rest of the necessary credits for the sports pin. Refer to the chart below for the requirements for each marksmanship level.

Level Credits
Pro Marksman (benchrest) 10
Marksman I (standing position) 10
Marksman II (prone position) 10
Marksman III (kneeling position) 10
Marksman IV (sitting position) 10

Councils may provide extra opportunities for a boy and his adult partner to continue qualifying for a pin after the council camp experience is over. However, a certified range officer must be present for shooting credits to be valid.

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award Certificate

Certificates may be awarded to the Cub Scout or Webelos Scout at any time he achieves a level of marksmanship. It is possible to earn five certificates if every level of marksmanship has been accomplished.

Before completing the Pro Marksman requirements below, the following criteria must be met:

  • Instruction: Complete a basic BB gun marksmanship safety course.
  • Shooting: Fire five groups of shots (three shots per group) that can be covered by a quarter, and then adjust the BB gun sights so that the group is centered on a bull's eye. (No specific score is required.) Then fire the Marksmanship levels shown below.

Score Requirements for BB Gun Recognition Certificate

Marksman Level Target Position Number of
Bull's eyes
Number of Shots
per Bull's eye
Minimum Score
required per Shot
Pro Marksman TQ-40 Benchrest 5 5 8
Marksman Level Target Position Number of
Bull's eyes
Number of Shots
per Bull's eye
Minimum Score
required per
Bull's eye
Marksman I TQ-40 Standing 10 5 20
Marksman II TQ-40 Prone 10 5 35
Marksman III TQ-40 Kneeling 10 5 25
Marksman IV TQ-40 Sitting 10 5 30

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