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Archery - In-Person Class Notes

Please be courteous and arrive early for registration and instructions PRIOR to your scheduled class start time. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 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 Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Your BSA ID # (not your Scoutbook ID #)
  • If you do not have your BSA ID # (or did not provide it with your online registration) you will need a Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader
  • Archery Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Archery merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • 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)
  • A long-sleeved shirt is recommended for wear when shooting archery
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Card Process, please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Archery - Online Class Notes

Scoutmaster Bucky Online Class links will be sent out 12 to 24 hours prior to the class start time. Notification will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, so please make sure your email is correctly entered.

Please be courteous and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time. Ensure that your internet connection, camera, microphone, and broadcasting environment are working and optimal for class participation. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 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 Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Archery Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of January 25, 2023

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations 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 responses is not acceptable since 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 THE PRIVILEGE OF CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE. PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL BE ASKED TO COME AND REMOVE SCOUT FROM THE EVENT.

1.
Do the following:
a.
Explain the five range safety rules.
b.
Explain the four whistle commands used on the range.
c.
Explain how to safely remove arrows from the target and return them to your quiver.
d.
Tell about your local and state laws for owning and using archery equipment.
Scouts should look up the local (state, county, city - where applicable) laws regarding archery and come prepared to share their findings during the class discussion.
Scouts should read the merit badge pamphlet prior to the class and be familiar with the Range Safety Rules that will further be discussed as a part of the class. It is not acceptable to arrive assuming that this requirement will be covered at the class. It is important that Scouts know these rules and commands prior to the class so that they understand the difference between standard commands and safety rules and those that may be exclusive to the particular range they are utilizing.
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 principal materials for making arrow shafts.
Scouts need to review the merit badge pamphlet for requirements 2a through 2c. All information needed to complete these parts of Requirement 2 can be found in the merit badge pamphlet book. It is recommended to make notes on your Merit Badge Workbook to use when sharing your knowledge during the class. Requirement 2d will be covered in the class.
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 as part of the class.
Scouts will need to complete one of these requirement components; 2d1 or 2d2, on their own prior to the class if they want the counselor to consider sign off on this requirement component. Time will be allotted during the online class for Scouts to show their skill and/or work for consideration by the counselor. The online format does not allow for these requirement components to be facilitated in the online format.
e.
Explain how to properly care for and store arrows.
Scouts need to review the merit badge pamphlet for requirement 2e. All information needed to complete these parts of Requirement 2 can be found in the merit badge pamphlet book. It is recommended to make notes on your Merit Badge Workbook to use when sharing your knowledge during the class. Requirement 2d will be covered in the class.
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.
Scouts should utilize their Merit Badge Workbook and make notes on the proper care for each of the archery items listed in this requirement. Having notes will allow Scouts to more actively partake in the discussion during the class and help the counselor show that the Scout is prepared and understands the requirement.
b.
Explain the following terms: draw length, draw weight, mechanical release and barebow.
Scouts should look up and learn each of these terms and be prepared to share their understanding of each of these terms in class discussion. All terms can be found in the Merit Badge Pamphlet. Some Scouts may find it easier to write down their findings in their Merit Badge Workbook for quicker and easier reference for use during the class.
c.
Make a bowstring using appropriate materials.
Scouts will complete requirement 3c as part of the class.
Scouts will need to complete this requirement component; 3c, on their own prior to the class if they want the counselor to consider sign off on this requirement component. as a part of the class. Time will be allotted during the online class for Scouts to share their work with the counselor.
4.
Explain the following:
a.
The difference between an end and a round
b.
The differences among field, target, and 3-D archery
c.
How the five-color World Archery Federation target is scored
d.
How the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) black-and-white field targets and blue indoor targets are scored
Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet will yield the answers to these remaining parts of requirement 4. Scouts will find most, if not all, information needed to complete this requirement in the merit badge pamphlet. Scouts are encouraged to use a Merit Badge Workbook to track their findings and to share these with your merit badge counselor during the appropriate time during the class. This will help show the counselor that Scouts have prepared and are ready for consideration for sign off on this requirement; if the work meets the counselor's satisfaction.
5.
Do ONE of the following options.
Scout will have the opportunity to cover the "Name" and "Explain" requirement components during the online class. Scouts with the proper equipment available to them will also have the ability to "Show", "Demonstrate", and "Locate" as well. Requirement component f in both options will require the Scout to have verifiable proof for the counselor in order for consideration and review. It is recommended that Scouts video their Shooting session and provide an unedited copy of this video for the counselor prior to during the class for review.

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.
Demonstrate and explain USA Archery's "Steps of 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 that 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 World Archery/USA Archery indoor* round I and make a score of 80 points

d.

An NFAA indoor* round and make a score of 50 points

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 Archery 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.

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

The Recurve Bow or Longbow (Option A) will NOT be done in the class as the class will focus on the other option (Option B - compound bow) for this requirement.

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.
Demonstrate and explain USA Archery's "Steps of 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 that 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 World Archery/USA Archery indoor* round I and make a score of 90 points

d.

An NFAA indoor* round and make a score of 60 points

2.
Shooting at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target using the 10 scoring regions, make a minimum score of 160 points. 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 Archery 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.

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

Most of the requirements for Option B 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.