Shooting Sports Training

The Seneca Waterways Councils camps feature archery, rifle and BB-Gun / Sling Shot ranges that are available for age appropriate program use with qualified and trained leadership. During the year, opportunities are provided for interested in being certified in range operations.

Archery Instructor Level 1

This course will teach you how to be a safe and effective basic archery instructor.  During this course participants will learn how to safely run a program, how to select, maintain, and repair archery equipment, fit equipment to an archer and how to teach beginning archers the basic safety and shooting skills to begin shooting successfully.

June 10, 2017 - J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation 

Download:  Archery Instructor Level 1 Course Brochure (PDF)

USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Course 

This course provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory setup, athlete development and events as well as qualities students to teach the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course.  Graduates of the Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course are well prepared to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs.

Upon successful course and exam completion you will be eligible for certification providing you meet the required prerequisites which includes becoming a member of USA Archery, submit and be approved through a USA Archery background check, and complete the USA Archery Center for Safesport training.

Date & Time:     May 4, 2019; 8 am to May 5, 2019; 4 pm

Where:               Camp Babcock-Hovey, 7294 County Rd. #132, Ovid, NY 14521.

Cost:    $75 If you work as camp staff for any of the Seneca Waterways Council camps OR serve as a campmaster for any of the Seneca Waterways Council camps, payable to Seneca Waterways Council, BSA.

             $125 – if you are NOT part of a camp staff OR campmaster staff for Seneca Waterways Council, payable to Seneca Waterways Council, BSA.

Participants are responsible for their own meals.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.  Friday and Saturday night camping are available.  Contact course director Eric Falkman if you plan on arriving on Friday.

Registration deadline of April 19, 2019 in order to allow adequate time to order and receive course materials.  

Download:  Archery Instructor Level 2 Course Brochure (PDF)

NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor Classes

This course is being conducted by the Boy Scouts of America in conjunction with their National Camping School division. The primary purpose of this course is to provide individuals who plan on attending the shooting sports director section of National Camping School the opportunity to attain the required NRA rifle and shotgun instructor certification.  Those individuals will have priority in terms of registration. Individuals who are not planning on attending the shooting sports director section of National Camping School may also attend this course if there is room. The maximum number of participant for the course is twenty-five individuals. Those individuals who are not planning on attending the shooting sports section of National Camping School will be notified two weeks prior to the course to let them know if they will be able to participate.

The course will include topics on rifle/shotgun knowledge and safe handling, ammunition knowledge, firing the first shots, the various positions used in rifle shooting, how to evaluate and improve the performance of beginning shooters and rifle and shotgun sports and activities. In addition, we will review how an instructor fits into the NRA basic firearmtraining program, using a training team to deliver the program, training materials and aids and how to use them, and the essentials of organizing a rifle or shotgun course.

Participants must have completed both the NRA basic rifle and basic shotgun courses prior to the instructor courses and bring their completion certificates in order to participate in the instructor courses.  There is a live-fire qualification which will be conducted during the course. Additional information will be communicated to participants once they have registered for the course. NO LIVE AMMUNITION OR FIREARMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE COURSE.   

In order to complete certification, applicants must participate in all required days of training, demonstrate their ability as instructors, complete and earn a 90% grade on the instructor exam and complete the instructor registration process on the NRA instructor web site.  (NOTE:  Participants MUST attend all days of training, even if they already have an NRA certification.)

Two of these courses will be offered in Area 3 of BSA’s Northeast region.  The dates, locations, and course directors are listed below.

Course 1:     8 am, April 26th to 3 pm, April 28th, 2019

Camp Gorton, 4241 Cty. Route 25, Dundee, NY 14837

Course Director: Jim Griffin,

Course 2:     8 am, June 13th to 3 pm, June 15th, 2019

Massawepie Scout Reservation, 65 Massawepie Rd., Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Course Director: Eric Falkman,

COST:           $135

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registration must be done through your local council.  You should contact the individual who is in charge of National Camping School registrations for your council to find out the specific registration procedures.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS: NRA Certified Training Counselors Eric Falkman, James Griffin, and Jim Spawton.

Download: NRA Rifle and Shotgun Instructor Training (PDF)

NRA Blackpowder

No Upcoming Trainings

NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Class

The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification.  NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

An NRA certified RSO is required for many BSA shooting sports activities.

In order to complete certification, applicants must participate in all six lessons and complete and earn at least a 90% grade on the range safety officer exam and register on the NRA instructor site to submit the appropriate fees to the National Rifle Association.

DATE:         February 16th 2019 

WHERE:     Shortsville Rod & Gun Club 2022 Freshour Rd., Shortsville, NY 14548

 TIME:        8 am to 5 pm

 COST:        $30


  1. This course is only open to members of the Boy Scouts of America and  the Shortsville Rod & Gun club. 
  2. The course size is limited to 20 participants.  Individuals who register after the course is closed will be placed on a waiting list.

 COURSE INSTRUCTORS: NRA Certified Training Counselors Eric Falkman and Jim Spawton

Download: NRA RSO Registration Form (PDF)

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