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Pre-Camp Leaders Meetings

Summer is almost here. In preperation for summer camp, we hold meetings for unit leaders and Senior Patrol leaders in an effort to give everybody the chance to properly plan for their week at our home-away-from-home we call Cole Canoe Base.

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1356 E. Greenwood Rd.
Alger, MI 48610

Phone: (989) 873-1516
Fax:     (989) 873-1517
Shooting Sports

Cole Canoe Base offers a comprehensive shooting sports program for boy scouts and venturers. Safety is our number one priority, and we have certified and trained instructors at each range to serve as the qualified supervision and to answer any questions you may have. From the archery, rifle and shotgun merit badges to the shooting sports elective for venturers, we welcome you to come down to compete in one of our many competitions or visit with the staff and shoot for fun. The Frank DeDene Archery range has 17 covered shooting positions and an assortment of bows to fit the needs of your archers. In addition to the archery merit badge, the archery staff hosts a variety of special programs and competitions, including the poker shoot, moving targets, and high score of the week.

The Otto F. Kamman Shotgun range has a double thrower to accommodate two shooters at a time and is essentially a modified trap range. Each shooter works side-by-side with a staff coach to assist them with their shooting technique and fundamentals. The merit badge is offered twice daily in two hour time blocks. Cole uses semi-automatic 12 gauge shotguns for all shotgun shooting activities. Special events include the Tuesday evening Scoutmaster/SPL shoot and the Friday morning Sporting Clays Competition. Six additional box stands are used to make the sproting clays course both fun and challenging.

The Rifle range has 18 positions available for prone shooting; benchrests are available upon request. The firearms used are all bolt action, single shot .22 caliber sporting rifles. Scopes and aperture sights are available. Tuesday evening is the camp-wide Open Shoot, Thursday evening is reserved for .50 caliber muzzleloading rifles, and Friday morning is the Adult Leader high score competition.

CCB also offers a state Hunter Safety program run by a certified MDNR Instructor at the Rifle range. The course consists of approximately 10 hours of classwork in addition to studying the handbook and other materials provided. Participants are required to visit all three ranges to ensure that the student has a basic knowledge and understanding of safety and the shooting fundamentals of archery, rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, and muzzloading rifles. A test is administered on Friday morning, and those who pass receive the blaze-orange certificate that allows them to purchase a hunting license.

Specifically for venturers, CCB has a high power rifle range where the targets are set up at 50 and 100 yards for .308 or .223 rifles, and it also doubles as the Pistol range. Revolvers and semi-automatic handguns of varying calibers have been used. These events are by appointment only because the high power range is about a mile away from base camp and camp vans are used for transportation. Venturers can work to achieve the Venturing Shooting Sports Elective in the disciplines of Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, or (by special appointment) Pistol.

All of our shooting sports activities are under strict, competent and when neccesary, certified supervision. We'd love for you to come out and experience the excitement for yourself!

Archery Range:
  • Poker Shoot
  • Moving Targets
  • High Score of the Week
Rifle Range:
  • High Score Competition for youth and adults
  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification awards
  • Muzzleloading with .50 rifles
Shotgun Range:
  • Scoutmaster/SPL competition
  • Sporting Clay Competition for adults and Venturers
  • Paintball course

Please refer to the Weekly Schdule for the official times of each event.

Merit Badges
Please refer to the following documents for more information:

Archery Requirements (
Rifle Shooting Requirements (
Shotgun Shooting Requirements (