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This is the Boy Scout Archery Merit Badge.
Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Archery Belt Loop & Pin
Archery and other award requirements were revised on January 1, 2009.


Archery merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 019
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents

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.



Archery requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. 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.
    b. State and explain the general safety rules for archery. Demonstrate how to safely carry arrows in your hands.
    c. Tell about your local and state laws for owning and using archery tackle.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Name and point out the parts of an arrow.
    b. Describe three or more different types of arrows.
    c. Name the four principle materials for making arrow shafts.
    d. Do the following:
    1. Make a complete arrow from a bare shaft using appropriate equipment available to you.
    OR
    2. 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.
    e. Explain how to properly care for and store arrows.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Explain the proper use, care, and storage of, as well as the reasons for using tabs, arm guards, shooting gloves, and quivers.
    b. Explain the following terms: cast, draw weight, string height (fistmele), aiming, spine, mechanical release, freestyle, and barebow.
    c. Make a bowstring using appropriate materials.
  4. Explain the following:
    a. The importance of obedience to a range officer or other person in charge of a range.
    b. The difference between an end and a round.
    c. The differences among field, target, and 3-D archery.
    d. How the five-color Federation Internationale de Tir a l'Arc (FITA) target is scored.
    e. How the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) black-and-white field targets and blue indoor targets are scored.
    f. The elimination system used in Olympic archery competition.
  5. Do ONE of the following options:
    Option A - Using a Recurve Bow or Longbow
    a. Name and Point to the parts of the recurve bow or longbow you are shooting.
    b. Explain how to properly care for and store recurve bows and longbows.
    c. Show the ten steps of good shooting for the bow you are shooting.
    d. Demonstrate the proper way to string a recurve bow or longbow.
    e. Using a bow square, locate and mark with dental floss, crimp-on, or other method, the nocking point on the bowstring of the bow you are using.
    f. 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:
    a. An NFAA field round of 14 targets and make a score of 60 points.
    b. A BSA Scout field round of 14 targets and make a score of 80 points.
    c. A Junior 900 round and make a score of 180 points.
    d. An FITA/USA Archery indoor round I and make a score of 80 points.
    e. 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
    a. Name and point to the parts of the compound bow you are shooting.
    b. Explain how to properly care for and store compound bows.
    c. Show the ten steps of good shooting for the compound bow you are shooting.
    d. Explain why it is necessary to have the string or cable on a compound bow replaced at an archery shop.
    e. Locate and mark with dental floss, crimp-on, or other method, the nocking point on the bowstring of the bow you are using.
    f. 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, NAA,or NFAA rounds:
    a. An NFAA field round of 4 targets and make a score of 70 points.
    b. A BSA Scout field round of 14 targets and make a score of 90 points.
    c. A Junior 900 round and make a score of 200 points.
    d. An FITA/USA Archery indoor round I and make a score of 90 points.
    e. An NFAA indoor round and make a score of 60 points.
    (The indoor rounds may be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.)
    OR
    2. Shooting at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at 15 yards and 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
    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.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Archery is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Archery requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
  3. The BSA Shooting Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Archery as one of your monthly themes.


Requirement resources

1 - 5. Venturing Powderhorn has similar Rules, Whistle Commands, Bow Diagrams, Stances, Explanations, etc. from http://www.srdscouts.org

Encarta Encyclopedia: Archery

1. Guide to Safe Scouting:Guns and Firearms

Archery Safety Rules - another source
Lesson Video: Safety - Lesson Video: More Safety

2. The arrow diagram you need is in the Archery Worksheet.

Arrows - Parts of an Arrow From South Carolina Hunter Education; also has illustrations and extensive information

3. Archery Equipment - Fletching - Quiver - Wood used for making bows

Lesson Video: Gear

4. Field, Target, & 3-D, Archery draw Bow draw
5. Archery Skills:

Lesson Video: Stance - Lesson Video: Release - Lesson Video: Scoring

5. Organizations:

National Archery Association - National Field Archery Association - International Archery Federation (FITA)

5. OPTION A(a) The recurve bow diagram you need is in the Archery Worksheet.

Longbow - Laminated bow - Recurve bow - Composite_bow

5. OPTION B(a) The compound bow diagram you need is in the Archery Worksheet.

Compound bow


Related awards

Sports-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

General Merit Badge information


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