MyCouncil®  |  Cart (0)  |  Join  |  Sign In

NRA Grant Funding Helped to Make Your Shooting Experience Better This Year 

NRA Chapters in Kentucky provided thousands of dollars in grant funding in 2015 to the Dan Beard Council.  These funds provided for new Genesis Bows, ammunition, shotgun targets and many other beneficial program supplies.  These funds provided the Dan Beard Council with the ability to improve the program for our Scouts and offer a safe and enjoyable experience.

Please help us to extend our thanks!

 Dan Beard Council Official Shooting Sports policies, rules, and regulations can be found by reading our Standard Operating Procedures.  These policy standards are updated as national and DBC policy changes, and are designed to be both informative and easy to access. For the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, click here.

For many Scouts, Summer Camp is their first experience shooting a BB gun or a rifle, or drawing back a bow and for many it can spark a life-long passion.  We understand that finding other opportunities to fuel that passion and develop your skills can be difficult and expensive.  For that reason, we offer many ways in which a Troop, Pack, Crew or individual Scout can come to camp year round and experience safe and fun Shooting Sports activities. 


If you have questions about the Dan Beard Council shooting sports please call the Scout Achievement Center at 513-577-7700 and they will get you in touch with the proper person.

If you are a Scouting Unit looking for somewhere to hold your next shooting sports activity, then the ranges at the Dan Beard Scout Reservation may be the place for you. The ranges can be rented for a morning Session of 8AM until Noon or an afternoon session of 1PM until 5PM. We welcome Scouting, Non-Profit, and Corporate groups, and prices are always reasonable. Our Council Shooting Sports Committee provides Rangemasters, Instructors, and/or Range Safety Officers for your convenience on the 3rd weekend of every month.  The other weekends of the month are available for those units who already have trained adults to oversee the ranges.

Programs Available

Cub Scouts can participate in BB or Archery programs and can earn the Belt Loops when you use the ranges and instructors at Cub World.  Both target and "action" shooting are available to give scouts the opportunity to enjoy these programs again and again.

Boy Scouts can shoot bows and arrows at our Archery Ranges, or .22 rifles and shotguns at the Camp Friedlander Shooting Sports Complex. Scouts can work on the associated merit badges or just do some recreational shooting with their troop using some of our new plinking targets.

Venture Scouts can do all of this and they can try their hand at pistol shooting with our new Ruger Mark III handguns.

Safety and Operations

The shooting sports programs at the Dan Beard Scout Reservation are run by trained volunteers and staff.  Our Instructors and Range Safety Officers are locally trained as BSA and NRA instructors by NRA Training Counselors.  The instructors will make sure your Scouts have a fun and exciting experiences while ensuring they learn and observe the rules of safe gun handling.

Reserving the Ranges

In order to operate any of the ranges at the Dan Beard Scout Reservation, a certified instructor must oversee the activities.  BB and Archery ranges require the presence of a trained Range Master.  Use of the Shooting Sports Complex at Camp Friedlander for Rifle, Shotgun, or Pistol requires NRA Instructors in addition to NRA Range Safety Officers. If your unit does not have trained personnel to operate the ranges, the Shooting Sports Committee of the Dan Beard Council is happy to provide the necessary staff if given at least a 30-day notification. This 30-day notification is necessary to ensure we can find trained and qualified supervision for any shooting activity for all Council, District, and Unit-level shooting events.

The ranges can be rented for a morning Session of 8AM until Noon or an afternoon session of 1PM until 5PM. To reserve a shooting range for your unit, contact the Dan Beard Council at (513) 577-7700 to check availability. More information about reserving camp can be found on the Facility Rental page.


Do you enjoy Shooting Sports and want to help teach Scouts about the exciting opportunities and that come with competitive and recreational shooting?  Then you should consider becoming a NRA Instructor.  The Dan Beard Council puts on several instructor training for Scouters who want to become merit badge counselors or want to add Shooting Sports to their unit program.


Registration links can be found HERE.


NRA Training Counselor

Tony Scovanner (513)-518-3212

[Click for member's page]

2017-2018 NRA Instructor Courses Training Schedule

You must register at least two weeks before the class to reserve space. Class size will be limited, so please register early. Must have a minimum of 6 participants.  CLASSES INCLUDE MEALS AND LODGING when applicable. Some courses have a pre-course assessment which includes a test.  Go to for more information and to sign up, or click the course dates below.

NRA Training Counsellor

Tony Scovanner – 513-518-3212 or [Click for member's page]

NRA Instructor Courses at Dan Beard Scout Reservation



NRA Basic Instructor Training – Scouter Cost $35 or Non-Scout $50

Must attend Basic Instructor Training w/in past 24 months to become an Instructor.

March 16, 2018                                   5:00 pm - 11:00 pm                                        Camp Friedlander

April 6, 2018                                       5:00 pm - 11:00 pm                                        Camp Friedlander

April 20, 2018                                     5:00 pm - 11:00 pm                                        Camp Friedlander

May 4, 2018                                        5:00 pm - 11:00 pm                                        Camp Friedlander


NRA Pistol Instructor (Includes NRA Basic Pistol)

Scouter Cost $145 or   Non-Scout $190 + NRA fees (2-Day Course)

March 17-18, 2018                             Saturday 8:00 am - Sunday 6:00 pm              Camp Friedlander


NMLRA Muzzleloading Instructor  

Scouter Cost $130 or   Non-Scout $180 + NRA fees (2-Day Course)

April 7-8, 2018                                   Saturday 8:00 am - Sunday 9:00 pm              Camp Friedlander


NRA Shotgun Instructor (Includes NRA Basic Shotgun)
Scouter Cost $145 or   Non-Scout $195 + NRA fees (2-Day Course)

April 21-22, 2018                               Saturday 8:00 am - Sunday 8:00 pm             Camp Friedlander


NRA Rifle Instructor (Includes NRA Basic Rifle)

Scouter Cost $130 or   Non-Scout $175 + NRA fees (2-Day Course)

May 5-6, 2018                                    Saturday 8:00 am - Sunday 6:00 pm              Camp Friedlander



For a list of training sessions, dates, and prices, please click HERE.


Copyright © 2018 Dan Beard Council. All rights reserved
Web Site Powered By ScoutTools® | Contact Webmaster
The Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council is a proud United Way Agency Partner.