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Archery Belt Loop and Pin Requirements

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An increased emphasis on safety (effective January 1, 2000) for the archery belt loop and pin will require that it be earned in BSA camps under BSA-certified supervision. A new, copper-colored belt loop similar to BB-gun shooting will be made available.

Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  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.

Sports Pin

A certified range officer must be present.

Earn the archery belt loop and complete five of the following:

  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 Scout Shooting Sports Award Certificate

Before firing the Pro Archer course, the camper is to complete the following:

  1. Explain how to string your bow and explain the use of archery equipment.

  2. Be able to list and discuss nine points in 'Shooting Techniques."

Pro Archer Level

Shoot five groups (three arrows per group) trying to group each set within a circle the size of the nine-ring (no specific score is required.)  Following this, fire for the Pro Archer score.


Level of Recognition

Number of Arrows



Pro Archer


15 feet


Archer I


20 feet


Archer II


20 feet


Archer III


20 feet



In Cub Scout archery, the camp awards the certificate when the Cub Scout or Webelos Scout qualifies for the different levels of recognition.  It is possible to earn four certificates if every level of marksmanship has been accomplished.

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