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Policy on Personal Firearms

The BSA has specific policies regarding handguns or other firearms at Scouting activities.

  1. While various state laws have authorized individual Scouters to legally carry or conceal firearms, Scouters/parents/volunteers are not permitted to carry them while involved in Scouting activities outside of the shooting sports program.
  2. This applies to all persons involved in the activity, as the activity should be under the control of an appropriate Scouter.
  3. The BSA policy in the Guide to Safe Scouting in both the Shooting Sports section and the unauthorized activity listing (see p.39 for full listing) states, “Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within their jurisdictions, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking, backpacking, or other Scouting activities except for those specifically planned for target shooting under supervision of a currently certified BSA national shooting sports director or National Rifle Association firearms instructor.”