Procedure for Reporting Shooting Sports Activities to the NRA

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Procedures for Reporting NRA First Steps Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol Training or a First Steps/Merit Badge course.

Overview:  It is important to document your training classes at  There are four types of reporting that a Scouter who is a NRA certified Rifle, Pistol or Shotgun Instructor should provide to the NRA. It is important to provide this information so that the NRA understands the numbers of youth and adults who are involved in Scouting shooting sports programs. This information is utilized to determine how funding is provided for youth services through NRA staff and NRA Foundation funding

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Development Workshop, you need to be an NRA Certified Instructor for a minimum of two years experience and teach a minimum of teb NRA courses (as the lead trainer), have taught a minimum of 50 students, and successfully reported your training activity at

How Do I Report shooting sports activities to the NRA

The three types of reporting

Merit badge classes. All merit badge training classes should be created as a NRA Affiliated class - First Steps course in the particular shooting discipline being taught. BSA Rifle and Shotgun merit badges were written to match the First Steps curriculum. A certified Instructor must log into and create the class, and any certified Instructors, Assistant Instructors or Apprentice Instructors acting as assistants should be included in the report. Youth in the class are to be listed in the rolls using their real first and last names; ages do not need to be accurate, but should provide a birth date year that keeps the age of the youth under 18 years old. Phone number and address can match the property where the class takes place.

Note that in NRA First Steps and Basic classes that all students are permitted to pass, regardless if they pass the merit badge requirements. Actual merit badge requirements completed should be notated on the youth’s Blue Card or facsimile. See the screens below for shots showing how to create these classes.

Non-NRA merit badge classes. In the case of an open shoot or merit badge completion outing, a Non-NRA class should be created on It should be completed in the same manner as a First Steps class discussed above.

Non-NRA rifle, shotgun, or pistol classes. Again, in the case of an open shoot or merit badge completion outing, this class should be created on and completed in the same manner.


1.     Go to and login

2.     Click on “Manage Training & Students.

3.     Next Click on Register New Course


4.     From the “Choose Course” drop down select the course you plan to teach.  If it is a rifle or shotgun merit badge course and you plan to teach using the NRA FIRST Steps/Merit Badge for Shotgun found in Appendix 1  or  the NRA FIRST Steps/Merit Badge for Rifle found in Appendix 2 from the BSA National Shooting Sports Manual select the appropriate FIRST Steps course. If you plan to teach a Venture Crew the NRA First Steps Pistol or the complete NRA Pistol Course, be sure to order student packets in advance of the class.

4.     From the “Choose Course; drop down select the course you plan


    In the course registration check “BSA only” and leave the other boxes blank.

    Be sure to list an assistant Instructor.

    After you have held the class, go back to and register each scout.  For safety purposes, list only their first name, the first letter of their last name, the address where the class was held, your phone number and your email ID.  Do not check “Share your personal information with NRA affiliates”.  Go ahead and check “I certify the information I have provided is true and correct to the best of my knowledge”.  Do this for each student.   

  • Last Updated 12/31/2020