Archery Merit Badge Activity Planner
*** Activities for the Youth Lead Patrol ***
- Scouts may never add or subtract from the actual merit badge requirements
- This Planner is only a suggestion of different ideas to make working this Merit Badge both fun and easy.
- While doing the Worksheet is not a requirement for earning this badge, in many cases it can help you learn key concepts and track your progress.
- 1 A. Make Your Plan
- 2 B. Introduction Meeting
- 3 C. Homework / Prerequisites
- 4 D. Study Hall Patrol Night
- 5 E. Field Trip
- 6 F. Extra Credit
A. Make Your Plan
- Merit Badge Activity Planning Tips - 14 tips for a successful patrol activity. Read carefully before you start your plan!
- Share Your Plan - Meet ahead of time with your patrol, scout leaders, parents and especially with the Merit Badge Counselor. Make changes to the plan as needed.
- Prepare Activity Flyer - Keep your fellow scouts informed - events, activities, pre-requisites and more.
|Patrol Activity||FAIR||Archery requires the right equipment, location and lots of practice time. Ideal patrol size activity.|
|Virtual Field Trip||POOR||Not allowed|
|Family Activity||POOR||Requires access to Archery Equipment and Range|
|Service Activity||POOR||Not allowed|
|S.T.E.M. Activity||FAIR||Archery uses a good deal of physics/ mathematics|
|Field Trip||GREAT||Find an Archery Range for target practice and challenge.|
|MB Day||POOR||Possible - but requires offsite location and quite some practice|
|Overnighter||POOR||Possible - but requires offsite location and quite some practice|
|Summer Camp||GREAT||Most BSA Camps have adequate equipment, location and practice times.|
- Archery Merit Badge Requirements: BoyScoutTrial.com lists all requirements, additional resources, activity worksheet, etc.
- Archery Merit Badge File Store: Online resources
- Archery Merit Badge Worksheets: Worksheets are optional - but highly preferred by many MBC. When you find that many requirements say "discuss" - the worksheet can help you gather your thoughts beforehand.
- Archery Merit Badge Booklet: Everything thing you need to know about Archery is right here. Get this study guide from either Amazon or your Troop Library, Merit Badge Counselor or Scoutmaster to Learn More About this Subject.
- Archery @ Simple-Wikipedia: Get the basics quickly.
B. Introduction Meeting
Most merit badge activities do best to have a "introduction" meeting where the patrol can discuss how to get started and to plan out their field trips.
Archery is a very physical sport that requires the right equipment, location and lots of practice time. It is usually recommended only for older scouts, ages 14 and over. Your scout council should have several MBC's that can help you. If not - then this is best done at Summer Scout Camp.
C. Homework / Prerequisites
Assign one or more requirements that the scout can do at home, perhaps as a family activity.
- Required Reading:
D. Study Hall Patrol Night
While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. Make an agenda. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles introduced here would be relevant. Schedule one or more patrol meetings to work this merit badge.
MBC Discussion Group
- Req #1: Discussion - Archery Safety Rules
- Req #2: Discussion - Arrows and their care
- Req #3: Discussion - Equipment Care
- Req #4: Discussion - The Archery Range
Arrow Making Activity
Req #2d1. Make a complete arrow from a bare shaft using appropriate equipment available to you.
Bowstring Making Activity
Red #3c. Make a bowstring using appropriate materials.
E. Field Trip
A related field trip with the MBC will be a great time to do the second half of this merit badge activity:
Do ONE of the following :
Req 5A: Recurve Bow or Longbow - Archery Target Challenge
Req 5B: Compound Bow - Archery Target Challenge
- Scout Archer Fun Targets - (Pikes Peak Council BSA)
- How to teach Boy Scout Archery - (Pikes Peak Council BSA)
F. Extra Credit
- Activity Reflection: Use this meeting for scouts to ask questions and to reflect on what they gained personally from this adventure. You can also have a discussion on what future opportunities are here.
- Court of Honor Exhibit: Pictures, handiwork and other memorabilia from this adventure will make for a great presentation at the next Scout Troop Court of Honor.
Related Merit Badges
Sometimes it is easier by doing two or more merit badges together as a joint activity:
- 9 Things to Know about Merit Badges - BoysLife.org - There are more than 135 merit badges. By earning them, you can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers. Here’s how to get the most out of your merit badge experience.