Archery Merit Badge
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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS and EXPECTATIONS
 
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.
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Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Archery Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Archery Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST!  If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Blue Card Process

Please check out this page for the Blue Card Process:

Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process

Other Archery MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Archery Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Archery Merit Badge Workbook
 
Archery Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Archery MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Archery Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Archery Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. Permission Slip signed by parent or guardian when and if required, by the facility or location the Archery activity is being held at (check with Scoutmaster Bucky if you are uncertain whether a permission slip is needed)

6. A long-sleeved shirt is recommended for wear when shooting archery

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED IN-PERSON PREPARATION NOTES
 

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general expectations for participation in a Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Class.

 

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements.  An example to note:

 

"Tell", "Explain", "Describe", and "Discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class.  When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading off responses is not acceptable, it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE SAFETY LEVEL REQUIRED FOR THIS MERIT BADGE CLASS, SCOUTS NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTION OR FAILING TO ADHERE TO CLASS INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE CLASS AND FORFEIT PARTICIPATION FEES AND PRIVILEGE OF CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE. PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL BE ASKED TO COME AND REMOVE SCOUT FROM THE EVENT.

 

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 to 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 ONE of 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.

Scouts will complete one of these requirement components; 2d1 or 2d2, as a part of the class.

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, aiming, spine, mechanical release, and barebow.

c. Make a bowstring using appropriate materials.

Scouts will complete this requirement component; 3c, as a part of the class.

 

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 World Archery Federation target is scored.

e. How the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) black-and-white field targets and blue indoor targets are scored.

 

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 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 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. A World Archery / USA Archery indoor round I and make a score of 80 points. The indoor rounds can be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.

e. An NFAA indoor round and make a score of 50 points. The indoor rounds can be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.

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.

3. As a member of the USA Junior Olympic Archery Development program (JOAD), earn your indoor or outdoor green, purple, and gray achievement award pins using a recurve bow or longbow.

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

This option will NOT be done in the class as the class will focus on the other option for this requirement (shown below).

 

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 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, USA Archery, or NFAA rounds:

a. An NFAA field round of 14 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. A World Archery / USA Archery indoor round I and make a score of 90 points. The indoor rounds can be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.

e. An NFAA indoor round and make a score of 60 points. The indoor rounds can be shot outdoors if this is more convenient.

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.

3. As a member of the USA Junior Olympic Archery Development program (JOAD), earn your indoor or outdoor green, purple, and gray achievement award pins using a compound bow.

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

Most of the requirements will be done during the class however Scouts should review Option B Requirements 5a, 5b, 5c, and 5d prior to the class and come with a knowledge to expedite discussion on these items. Option B Requirement 5e will be covered in the class and Option B Requirement 5f2 will be utilized as the measure of shooting proficiency that must be attained by Scouts when shooting. Please note that this is a skill-based requirement and only Scouts that are able to meet the standards will have the opportunity of completing this component of the requirement.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2020
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