The Cambridge District Archery Competition is held each year in January at
the 28th Cambridge's hut in
Flamsteed Road. Any Cub, Scout, Young Leader or Leader is welcome to join
The standard of Cambridge District Archers improved radically with attendance
at the National Scout Archery Competition
at Phasels Wood every May but there wasn't an opportunity for archers to compete
locally so a District Archery Competition was started. Most of the archers
are beginners, but archers of all standards are welcome. It runs in late January
signup sheet for this event exists here:
Each archer gets three ends of five arrows to shoot at the 80cm
target face 10m away. A team's score is their highest three team member's
scores added together. A cub and a scout trophy are available. Individual
scores will be counted towards a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal in each of
the three categories: Cubs, Scouts and Leaders.
There is a badge for archery in Scouts, called Master
At Arms. To gain this an archer needs to shoot regularly and take part
in a competition, which this is. Being able to demonstrate at least four other
recent archery sessions, and being able to answer some questions on safety
and equipment for archery is also needed to complete this badge, so this competition
is only part of the badge. Attendance at the Archery
Camp in May each year would give enough to gain this badge though.
The World Archery Federation, previously known as FITA, the Fédération
Internationale de Tir à l'Arc, run some award schemes, and the
10m one is called the White Arrow. To qualify for the White Arrow pin badge,
archers need to score at least 115 from their 15 arrows, which means scoring
an average of 7 and a bit. You need to try and keep all your arrows inside
the red or gold rings on the target to achieve this, which is far from easy.
You will also need to answer some questions and demonstrate some skills to
gain this ArcheryGB pin badge.