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This page looks to give the facts a person would need to know to run archery for a group of young people. It should be read in conjunction with the archery page of scouts.org.uk/a-z, and Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of The Scout Association.

What is Archery?

Archery is an activity in which participants shoot at targets using bows and arrows. It includes archery with compound bows, and archery in ranges indoors and outdoors.

An archery permit is required for all archery taking place except when using children’s toys.

What is an Archery Permit?

The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead adventurous activities for the young people. Therefore all activities classed as adventurous can only be lead by someone holding the appropriate permit.

Levels of Permit

There are two levels of permit available for archery. These are:

A compound bow is defined at the end of this page.

Additionally, each of these permits can be further restricted (such as specific locations) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of Permit

There are two types of permit available for archery. These are:

Permit Limitations


When supervising other bows the holder of an Archery supervisory permit needs to designate a leader for each group. This designation lasts only for the current activity while the permit holder is supervising.  People designated as leaders should hold the skills and be responsible to keep the activity safe for the environment they are in. There is no problem with making young people leaders if they are up to the role, and it can be used as a useful development tool.


While maximum group sizes and minimum first aid requirements are defined for archery, this does not mean they are always the most appropriate for each archery activity you run. Depending on your risk assessment for each individual activity it may be decided to lower the maximum party size or require more specific first aid knowledge for certain trips.

Further Definitions

Useful Links

Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme (FS120100)          

Archery FAQ's

Suggested archery range layout


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