Includes: archery Indoors, Outdoors, Nature and the great outdoors, Sports

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Aim, set, release

Use a bow to send an arrow flying through the air and feel the thrill of it hitting the target - once you've practised a bit!


Archery involves shooting at targets with a bow and arrow.

To take girls to an archery session, you will need to find a reputable local provider with a qualified instructor.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

See safety regulations for more information on the construction of a shooting area.

The lead instructor or supervisor must hold a minimum of the Archery GB Instructor Award.

Many outdoor activity centres will use in-house instructor qualifications. If you are unsure if they are acceptable, or alternative qualifications are held, consult your Outdoor Activities Adviser or contact [email protected] to ensure the instructor's qualification is suitable.

The instructor should ensure the following:

  • the activity takes place in a designated area that is clearly marked out-of-bounds to all other people on site during the activity
  • girls are clearly briefed on the shooting procedure, where to stand when not shooting and the retrieval of arrows
  • equipment is the right size for the user and in good condition.

We also accept the Arrows Young Leader Award run by Archery GB. This is a special course to introduce archery using adapted blunt arrows.

  • With this qualification, a young member (aged 14 to 19) can run a session for members aged 7 to 11 using specific equipment.
  • The instructor will need to complete a site-specific risk assessment to make sure that it is suitable and safe and that no one can accidentally walk into the target area.
  • There will need to be adult supervision and equipment should be checked before each use.

Recommendations for the construction of a shooting area

  • Make sure there is a safe over-shoot – a minimum of 100 metres from the shooting line.
  • Always check that the area is clear before and during shooting.
  • Stop nets should be used, but be aware of their limitations.
  • Do not shoot more than 20 metres.
  • All targets should lean back 15º from the vertical and be set at a height of 130cm from the ground to target centre.
  • The activity should take place in a designated area that is clearly marked out of bounds to all other people on site during the activity.

Some providers have arrows with a suction cap on the tip, which are ideal for younger members.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities

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