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Axe Throwing FAQs

Why is knife throwing banned and not axe throwing?

Feedback from members during the review showed that knife throwing was not currently taking place within Scouting. It was also felt to not be appropriate to teach the throwing of knives with the current perception about young people and knives.

Why are we promoting young people to throw axes?

Axe throwing if done in the correct manner can be an exciting and challenging activity. It should not be encouraging young people to throw axes which are not designed for the purpose of throwing and outside of the controlled axe throwing sessions.

I don’t want to do this activity with my young people?

It is not compulsory to run this activity within your programme, but an option. Leaders should always consider the young people’s age and maturity as well as local feeling towards an activity when choosing activities for their programme. It is encouraged that parents are informed of this activity taking place as it is new so that they understand what is going to happen and make an informed decision about their young person taking part.

Can under 18’s run axe throwing sessions?

Yes, if appropriately trained and supported by adults then this is absolutely fine. Young people should not run axe throwing activities without adults present.

Where do I get the equipment from?

Specialist equipment should be used for this activity, not using household or felling axes. There are various suppliers within the UK.

Where do I go for training?

There are a variety of Scouting and external providers of axe throwing training.

Can people who run shooting and archery run axe throwing?

No, people running axe throwing must have undergone specific training in axe throwing prior to leading sessions.


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