The Four Whistle Commands Used On A Range And Their Related Verbal Commands

Leaders: As many of you know, your voice can only travel so far.  Especially as a group of Scouts are talking or firing at the shooting sports range. The following (world wide) whistle commands relate to Archery.
  • Two whistle blasts: archers may proceed from the waiting line to the shooting line.
  • One whistle blast: archers may place an arrow on the bowstring and begin shooting.
  • Three whistle blasts: archers may walk forward to the targets and pull their arrows.
  • Four or more whistle blasts: stop shooting immediately.
For Scouts: It is of the most importance of safety to follow the Range Master's commands at all times.

Cub Scouts Sports Pin - Archery

ARCHERY
 Loops and pins for archery and BB-gun shooting can be earned only in day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or at council activities where there is properly trained supervision, and all guidelines for BSA shooting sports are implemented. Archery and BB-gun shooting belt loops and pins cannot be earned at the pack, den, or individual level. Requirements therefore are not included.

Earn the Archery Belt Loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Explain the parts of a bow and demonstrate how to string the bowstring in a proficient manner
  2. Demonstrate how to properly use archery equipment, including arm guards, finger tabs, and quivers and explain about proper clothing
  3. Develop proficient shooting techniques by practicing for three hours
  4. Learn the correct scoring techniques for target archery
  5. Make a poster that emphasizes the four whistle codes
  6. Draw to scale or set up an archery range
  7. Shoot 30 arrows from a distance of 30 feet at a target and score at least 50 points, or shoot 30 arrow from a distance of 90 feet and score at least 30 points
  8. Help make a type of target for the camp archery range
  9. Show how to put away and properly store archery equipment
  10. Tell five facts about an archer in history or literature

Cub Scouts Sports Belt Loop - Archery

ARCHERY
 Loops and pins for archery and BB-gun shooting can be earned only in day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or at council activities where there is properly trained supervision, and all guidelines for BSA shooting sports are implemented. Archery and BB-gun shooting belt loops and pins cannot be earned at the pack, den, or individual level. Requirements therefore are not included.

  1. Explain the rules for safe archery that you have learned in the district/council camp or activity you are attending with your leader or adult partner
  2. Demonstrate to your leader or adult partner good archery shooting techniques, including the stance and how to nock the arrow, establish the bow, draw, aim, release, follow-through and retrieve arrows
  3. Practice shooting at your district or council camp for the time allowed

Archery Merit Badge

  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 NAA’s Junior Olympic Archery Development program (JOAD), achieve the level of green, purple, and gray stars as part of a JOAD Club indoor or outdoor season with your chosen style of archery equipment

    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 NAA’s Junior Olympic Archery Development program (JOAD), achieve the level of green, purple, and gray stars as part of a JOAD Club indoor or outdoor season with your chosen style of archery equipment

    OR

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