BB Gun Shooting Belt Loop Requirements

Cub Scouts BB Gun Shooting Sports Belt Loop and Pin

Cub Scouts BB Gun Shooting Sports Belt Loop and Pin

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Loops and pins for BB Gun Shooting can be earned only in day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or at council activities where there is properly trained supervision, and all guidelines for BSA shooting sports are implemented. BB Gun Shooting belt loops and pins cannot be earned at the pack, den, or individual level.
To be a BSA range officer, an adult must attend a training program conducted by a National Camping School-certified field sports director or National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor.

Requirements for the BB Gun Shooting Belt Loop

  1. Explain the rules of safe BB gun shooting you have learned to your leader or adult partner.
  2. Demonstrate to your leader or adult partner good BB gun shooting techniques, including eye dominance, shooting shoulder, breathing, sight alignment, trigger squeeze, follow through.
  3. Practice shooting at your district or your council camp in the time allowed.

Requirements for the BB Gun Shooting Pin

Earn the BB Gun shooting belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Explain the parts of a BB gun and demonstrate how to properly load the gun.
  2. Demonstrate the shooting positions.
  3. Develop proficient shooting techniques by practicing for three hours.
  4. Learn the correct scoring techniques for target BB gun shooting.
  5. Make a poster that emphasizes the proper range commands.
  6. Draw to scale or set up a BB gun shooting range.
  7. Show improvement in your shooting ability with an increase in scoring points.
  8. Help make a type of target for the camp BB gun shooting range.
  9. Show how to put away and properly store BB gun shooting equipment after use.
  10. Explain how to use the safety mechanism on a BB gun.
  11. Tell five facts about the history of BB guns.

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.

Requirements for the BB Gun 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:

Marksman LevelTargetPositionBullseyes RequiredShots per BullseyeMin. Score per Shot
Pro MarksmanTQ-40 Benchrest 5 5 8
Marksman ITQ-40Standing10 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

BB-Gun Worksheet

 Feb 18, 2013 - Oskar Back
This is a great web site and full of good informaton. 4-H has a good shooting handbook in .pdf at
My grandson turned 9 and, if it's OK with mom and dad, I'd like to teach him rifle safety and how to shoot.
Mar 26, 2013 - Leu Schulman Ed. D
My Grandson wants to earn his belt loop and I will have an NRA range Master give him lessons. I have military experience and will support his endeavors with additional lessons in the field. Shooting is a time-honored rite of passage in any culture that stresses preserving nature, protecting family, and creating family togetherness.
Mar 27, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Leu - I hope you read the first paragraph on this page and understand the limitations of the venues in which a scout can earn this belt loop.  It would be a shame to set his expectations incorrectly.
Jun 22, 2013 - Salma
My son just earned his belt loop in Shooting and wants to get his pin. We r leaving tomorrow for a BSA camp. Would they instruct him on how to get it or does he have to do his own homework as in finding different shooting positions, scoring, etc.
Thank you so much.
Nov 17, 2014 - Rosalie Mulhollen
My grandson earned his BB Shooting belt loop in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Not sure of the year.  I have all of his belt loops and am putting together a shadow box for him for Christmas.  The writing on the loop is partially peeled off.  Can I purchase a replacement to put in his collectibles frame?  He no longer participates in scouts.

Thank you!
Rosalie Mulhollen
Nov 17, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Rosalie - Yes, you can purchase a replacement at your local scout shop, but it is a restricted item.  So, you should contact them and find out what they require.  They may only want you to bring in the old one, or they may require completed paperwork.

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