Boy Scouts and their troop leaders, who are known for being
resourceful, will easily recognize the great opportunity provided
by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and its new $100,000
challenge grant that encourages shooting sports programs at local
Boy Scouts of America Councils.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association
for the firearms industry, and its challenge grants are available
to qualifying BSA Councils that plan to strengthen and increase
their activities in the shooting sports. Such programs teach Scouts
marksmanship skills, firearm and range safety, teamwork and
“This is a great opportunity for Boy Scout leaders in Oklahoma to
introduce their Scouts to safe gun handling and the shooting
sports,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Meek encourages Boy Scout leaders to pursue this grant opportunity
with the NSSF and offers the Wildlife Department’s hunter education
program as a compliment to their efforts to introduce outdoor
skills to Scouts. Scout leaders can join the growing list of hunter
education instructors and receive free materials to use in their
Scouting groups by contacting Meek at (405) 522-4572.
“NSSF is taking its long-standing partnership with Boy Scouts of
America to a new level with this challenge grant,” said Chris
Dolnack, NSSF’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
“With the shooting sports among the most popular Scouting
activities, NSSF is proud to assist local councils in developing
new and expanded opportunities for Scouts to gain knowledge of the
BSA Councils applying for a grant must specifically earmark funds
for shooting sports programs and provide matching funds at least
equal to the grant request. NSSF will provide funding to the first
50 qualifying applicants up to a maximum of $2,000 in matching
Councils must use awarded funds toward the purchase of equipment
and supplies for their shooting sports activities from an NSSF
member retailer, a list of which is available at
www.nssf.org/retailers/find . Examples of qualifying purchases are
ammunition, eye and ear protection, firearms, targets and shooting
Applicants may view NSSF BSA Council Challenge Grant guidelines and
application procedures at www.nssf.org/bsagrant . For information
contact Melissa Schilling at NSSF at email@example.com .
Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000
manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges,
sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. Its mission is to
promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF
has also supported numerous Wildlife Department shooting and
hunting initiatives, including more than $100,000 for teachers’
stipends for the hunter education program and wildlife management
area atlases for apprentice-designated hunting license holders to
raise awareness of public hunting opportunities. For more
information, log on to www.nssf.org.