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Archery
BSA Supply No. 35856

Archery is a fun way for Scouts to exercise minds as well as bodies, developing a steady hand, a good eye, and a disciplined mind. This merit badge can provide a thorough introduction to those who are new to the bow and arrow—but even for the experienced archer, earning the badge can help to increase the understanding and appreciation of archery.

Requirements

  1. Do the following:
    1. State and explain the Range Safety Rules:
      1. Three safety rules when on the shooting line
      2. Three safety rules when retrieving arrows
      3. The four whistle commands used on a range and their related verbal commands
    2. State and explain the general safety rules for archery. Demonstrate how to safely carry arrows in your hands.
    3. Tell about your local and state laws for owning and using archery tackle.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Name and point to the parts of an arrow.
    2. Describe three or more different types of arrows.
    3. Name the four principal materials for making arrow shafts.
    4. Do ONE of the following
      1. Make a complete arrow from a bare shaft using appropriate equipment available to you.

      OR

      1. To demonstrate arrow repair, inspect the shafts and prepare and replace at least three vanes, one point, and one nock. You may use as many arrows as necessary to accomplish this. The repairs can be done on wood, fiberglass, or aluminum arrows.
    5. Explain how to properly care for and store arrows.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Explain the proper use, care, and storage of, as well as the reasons for using, tabs, arm guards, shooting gloves, and quivers.
    2. Explain the following terms: cast, draw weight, string height (fistmele), aiming, spine, mechanical release, freestyle, and barebow.
    3. Make a bowstring using appropriate materials.
  4. Explain the following:
    1. The importance of obedience to a range officer or other person in charge of a range
    2. The difference between an end and a round
    3. The differences among field, target, and 3-D archery
    4. How the five-color Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc (FITA) target is scored
    5. How the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) black-and-white field targets and blue indoor targets are scored
    6. The elimination system used in Olympic archery competition
  5. Do ONE of the following options.

Option A - Using a Recurve Bow or Longbow

  1. Name and point to the parts of the recurve bow or longbow you are shooting.
  2. Explain how to properly care for and store recurve bows and longbows.
  3. Show the 10 steps of good shooting for the bow you are shooting.
  4. Demonstrate the proper way to string a recurve bow or longbow.
  5. Using a bow square, locate and mark with dental floss, crimp-on, or other method, the nocking point on the bowstring of the bow that you are using
  6. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Using a recurve bow or longbow and arrows with a finger release, shoot a single round of one of the following BSA, USA Archery, or NFAA rounds:
      1. An NFAA field round of 14 targets and make a score of 60 points
      2. A BSA Scout field round of 14 targets and make a score of 80 points
      3. A Junior 900 round and make a score of 180 points
      4. An FITA/USA Archery indoor round I and make a score of 80 points
      5. An NFAA indoor round and make a score of 50 points

      (The indoor rounds may be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.)

      OR

    2. Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at 10 yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 150.

      OR

    3. As a member of the USA Archery Junior Olympic Development Program (JOAD), qualify as a Yeoman, Junior Bowman, and Bowman.

      OR

    4. As a member of the NFAA’s Junior Division, earn a Cub or Youth 100-score Progression Patch.

Option B - Using a Compound Bow

  1. Name and point to the parts of the compound bow you are shooting.
  2. Explain how to properly care for and store compound bows.
  3. Show the 10 steps of good shooting for the bow you are shooting.
  4. Explain why it is necessary to have the string or cable on a compound bow replaced at an archery shop.
  5. Locate and mark with dental floss, crimp-on, or other method, the nocking point on the bowstring of the bow that you are using.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Using a compound bow and arrows with a finger release, shoot a single round of one of the following BSA, USA Archery, or NFAA rounds:
      1. An NFAA field round of 14 targets and make a score of 70 points
      2. A BSA Scout field round of 14 targets and make a score of 90 points
      3. A Junior 900 round and make a score of 200 points
      4. An FITA/USA Archery indoor round I and make a score of 90 points
      5. An NFAA indoor round and make a score of 60 points

      (The indoor rounds can be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.)

      OR

    2. (Shooting at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target using the 10 scoring regions, make a minimum score of 160. Accomplish this in the following manner:

    Shoot 15 arrows in five-arrow ends, at a distance of 10 yards

    AND

    Shoot 15 arrows in five-arrow ends, at a distance of 15 yards.

    OR

    1. As a member of the USA Archery Junior Olympic Development Program (JOAD), qualify as a Yeoman, Junior Bowman, and Bowman.

    OR

    1. As a member of the NFAA’s Junior Division, earn a Cub or Youth 100-score Progression Patch.

Resources

Scouting Literature

Basic Illustrated Archery

Visit the Boy Scouts of America's official retail website at http://www.scoutstuff.org for a complete listing of all merit badge pamphlets and other helpful Scouting materials and supplies.

Books and Videos

The following books and videos are available from Quintessential Productions, website http://www.qproductsarchery.com, or USA Archery (National Archery Association), website http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery.

Instructional archery videos, including Larry Wise’s The Complete Guide to Beginning Archery, are available from Robinhood Video Productions Inc., 1600 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, OH 43004; telephone 614-322-1038; website http://www. robinhoodvideos.com.

Periodicals

Archery Focus magazine
Toll-free telephone: 800-671-1140
Website: http://www.archeryfocus.com

Organizations and Websites

International Archery Federation
(Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc)
Avenue de Rhodanie 54
CH-1007 Lausanne
Switzerland
Website: http://www.archery.org

International Bowhunting Organization
Telephone: 440-967-2137
Website: http://www.ibo.net

National Field Archery Association
Toll-free telephone: 800-811-2331
Website: http://www.nfaa-archery.org

USA Archery
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Telephone: 719-866-4576
Website: http://www.usarchery.org

U.S. and International Archer
Telephone: 520-742-5846
Website: http://www.usarcher.com