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ARCHERY MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

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.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for 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 directions 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. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Archery Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

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.

 

 

ARCHERY MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things 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 (with a long sleeve shirt underneath or to wear when shooting is highly recommended)

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 if required by the facility or location where Archery activity may take place (check with Scoutmaster Bucky if you are uncertain whether a permission slip is needed)

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

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

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.

b. State and explain the general safety rules for archery.  Demonstrate how to safely carry arrows in your hands.

Scouts must arrive to class with a basic understanding of general safety rules for archery.  Familiarize yourself with the proper carrying of arrows as you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge and ability to the counselor during the class.

c. Tell about your local and state laws for owning and using archery tackle.

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.

 

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.

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

e. Explain how to properly care for and store arrows.

Scouts need to review the merit badge pamphlet for requirements 2a through 2c and 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: cast, draw, weight, string height (fistmele), aiming, spine, mechanical release, freestyle, and barebow

Scouts should lookup 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 this requirement in the class.

 

4. Explain the following:

a. The importance of obedience to a range officer or other person in charge of a range

Scouts will be briefed on this subject during the class however prior to the class Scouts should think about this and formulate their thoughts on this as it will be discussed during the class.

b. The difference between an end and round

It is recommended that you utilize your Merit Badge Workbook to make notes on your findings for this requirement so that you can easily share them with your counselor.

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.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet will yield the answers to these parts of requirement 4. Scouts will find most, if not all the 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 to insure the counselor that Scouts have prepared and completed this requirement to their satisfaction.

 

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 10 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 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 Junior 900 round and make a score of 180 points

(d) A FITA/USA Archery indoor* round 1 and make a score of 80 points

(e) 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 Development Program (JOAD), qualify as a Yeoman, Junior Bowman, and Bowman

(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 10 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 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 Junior 900 round and make a score of 200 points

(d) An FITA/USA Archery indoor* round 1 and make a score of 90 points

(e) 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. 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 Development Program (JOAD), qualify as a Yeoman, Junior Bowman, and Bowman

(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 during the class however Scouts should review requirements a, b, c, and d prior to the class and come with a knowledge to expedite discussion on these items.  Requirement e will be covered in the class and option f2 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.

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

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015