South Texas Marksmanship Training Center instructors have been helping Scouts achieve their rifle merit badges for more than 50 years. Beginning 1st-quarter 2019, STMTC will be conducting ongoing Boy Scout Rifle Merit Badge clinics.
Once monthly, we will conduct a weekend riflery clinic. The early portions of each clinic will be "classroom," providing the NRA First Steps Rifle curriculum. The First Steps orientation shares the basic information necessary to impart upon the Scout the knowledge required to attain the academic portion of the badge requirements. The second half of the clinic each day will be marksmanship instruction and practical shooting exercises. During this portion of the clinic, Scouts will be coached through shooting targets appropriate to score to attain the shooting portion of the Merit Badge. When a Scout shoots a target adequate for badge qualification, one of our Certified Instructors will sign and date the target. When a Scout attains the required number of scored targets, a Scout Merit Badge Counselor--or parent--can sign off on the Scout's Merit Badge. Though STMTC Instructors have been Merit Badge Counselors in the past, we no longer provide that service, and the Scout/parent/Scoutmaster is required to find a Counselor to do so.
STMTC's Scout Riflery Director is an NRA Senior Training Counselor and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. He has been instrumental in the past, helping the Alamo Council acquire funds for Bear Creek shooting activities. Our Instructors have overseen thousands of Scouts learning to shoot over the years--and we'd like to help you, too.
For one full day, including both the academic and shooting activities, cost to the Scout will be $40. The Scout will receive NRA First Steps Rifle instruction, and marksmanship instruction that includes rifle, hearing protection, eye protection,100 rounds of ammunition, NRA Student textbook and certificate. Range fee is an additional$8, which goes to the range complex.
For a Scout to attend only the shooting portion of the clinic, the cost is $25, plus $8 range fee to the range complex. That fee includes use of rifle, 100 rounds of ammunition, targets, instruction and scoring.
Each Scout must have an STMTC Release of Liability signed by a parent for each visit. All Scouts must be accompanied by a responsible adult parent or guardian, or other responsible adult with a letter signed by the parent specifically authorizing the Scout to participate in STMTC's shooting activities.
Scout Riflery clinics will be held at our private facility on the Black Hawk Shooting Range complex, near Atascosa, Texas, just outside northwest San Antonio. Clinics will occur on alternating Saturdays and Sundays each month, except December. Consult the STMTC event calendar for dates. Clinics are limited to 14 shooters per event, so prior registration and payments are required. STMTC Instructors will sign targets, and an authorized Merit Badge Counselor must sign formal Scouting documents.