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Public Events & Community Involvement

We encourage you to routinely check our Calendar for upcoming events open to the Public.  Events are added and updated regularly. Please keep a close eye on the calendar for OPEN TO THE PUBLIC events, which allow for direct registration. Given our focus on safety education and community involvement, Berwyn Rod & Gun Club Inc. (BRGC) host a range of Public events throughout the year, including:

Juniors Program

BRGC has an active youth marksmanship program. This program is available to interested and eligible youth in the area. There is no charge to eligible participants. Club membership is not a requirement. Please check out the Juniors Program page for additional details and contact information.

For additional information on our Juniors Program, please visit this webpage or contact Bryan Parker, Juniors@berwyn.org.

Maryland DNR Hunter Safety Education

BRGC annually hosts Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Safety Education classes. These classes are taught by some of the most experienced instructors in Maryland. Our Maryland Hunter Safety program is nicely complemented by BRGC’s Hunter Safety Trail (a rambling half mile walk though the clubs eleven plus acre grounds). All students who pass this class are issued a Maryland Hunter Safety Certificate.

For additional information on Hunter Education, please visit this webpage or contact the chair at HunterSafety@Berwyn.org.

Maryland DNR Qualifications Card & Public Sight-in Events

BRGC annually hosts Maryland DNR Shooter Qualification sessions, which enable Maryland hunters to earn a proficiency certificate for managed hunting programs conducted by various local, state, and Federal agencies. BRGC offers proficiency testing for muzzleloaders and shotguns. Additionally, BRGC offers public sight-in events, which allow members of the public to prepare for hunting season by ensuring the firearms to be used are properly sighted in. BRGC members are on hand to assist in this process for those hunters who want or need such assistance and advice.

For additional information on DNR Shooter Qualifications, please visit this webpage or contact the chair at mddnrqual@berwyn.org.

Community Outreach

The club opens its facilities to Scouts, ROTC and other groups in the area who need use of a range for firearm and archery instruction. The Club holds an annual Food Drive for the Bowie Food Pantry in conjunction with its Disabled American Veterans Post host. The Club holds an annual Toys for Tots toy drive in conjunction with its Disabled American Veterans Post host.

Civilian Marksmanship Program

BRGC hosts CMP Rimfire Sporter events using the guidelines established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Rules regarding these events are located here: CMPGamesRules.pdf and CMPRimfireSporterGuide.pdf. To compete in a CMP event, you must complete this form: http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/Affidavit.pdf and have it notarized. BRGC members and affiliates do not have to compete in order to shoot in the event.

Dates and times for CMP Rimfire Sporter events can be found on the calendar.

Firearms Training 

In accordance with the Berwyn Rod & Gun Club's mission to promote the education of firearm usage and promote safe rifle, handgun, shotgun and shooting activities, BRGC maintains a list of Authorized Professional Trainers, certified by the State of Maryland, the National Rifle Association, and other professional firearms organizations who can provide members and non-members of the Club with specialized training in firearms safety and usage.  Courses include the Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL), Maryland Wear and Carry, Personal Protection inside and outside the home as well as a host of NRA and other certified courses.  For additional information on Firearms Training check the BRGC Calendar for upcoming events or the Firearms Training page for additional details and contact information.


For additional information on our Authorized Trainers, please visit this webpage.

Project Appleseed

BRGC hosts the Project Appleseed's heritage program, which vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the kind of care and immediacy that is absent from most formal schooling. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.


Their rifle marksmanship program complements that history and heritage.  The focus is on teaching the traditional American marksmanship skills.  There are, however, several aspects of the marksmanship program that deserve special mention. Project Appleseed is particularly proud of their younger attendees. In accordance with applicable local laws, young people with sufficient maturity are welcome to the Appleseed line and can, with parental permission, join the cadre.  The RWVA recognizes the importance of introducing a wide cross section of Americans to their marksmanship heritage.


Registration for our Project Appleseed events can be accessed via the Appleseed Schedule for the State of Maryland or our calendar of events. Please note that Active Military, Reserve and Guard, Peace Officers, and Disabled Vets can attend any of the Project Appleseed events in Maryland for free, with appropriate ID. If you qualify for one of the Free admissions, select the “FREE ticket SPECIAL” when registering for yourself. Any additional tickets would be at the standard prices, unless the additional ticket also qualifies for a free ticket.


Please check the “How to Prepare for an Event” link for particularly useful information about preparing for your Appleseed event.

For additional information on public events and community outreach, please call us at 301-464-9830 or contact the chair at PublicEvents@berwyn.org.

The Berwyn Rod & Gun Club, Incorporated, PO Box 1378, Bowie, MD  20718
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