On point: Boy Scouts of America, USA Archery announce partnership

Now this is a bull’s-eye.

Just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Archery, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery, have announced a new partnership aimed at enhancing the awareness of youth archery.

Archery is already wildly popular within Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops. In 2015, 41,879 Scouts earned the Archery merit badge, making it the third-most-popular elective merit badge last year.

But this new partnership will further grow the sport’s popularity within Scouting. It will strengthen relationships between local BSA councils and USA Archery, promote instructor certification and improve delivery of the Archery merit badge at Scout camps nationwide. 

“We are excited to partner with USA Archery to assist the BSA with our archery programming needs,” says Keith Christopher, national director of outdoor programs and properties for the BSA. “Our youth have a great interest in learning archery and are grateful to be working with this great organization in this endeavor.”

USA Archery Outreach Director Mary Emmons agrees. She says the partnership is right on target.

It will provide “a key opportunity for USA Archery to promote safe, accessible and progressive archery programming to BSA council leaders and youth nationwide,” she says.

The partnership will enable Scouts and Venturers to dream about being the next Hawkeye, Katniss Everdeen or member of the USA Archery Olympics team — which won silver in 2012’s London Games. Others will simply enjoy the rewarding challenge offered by the sport.

Either way, great things happen when Scouts pick up and bow and arrow.


  1. So the last partnership you guys announced was with USA Ultimate, which is my son’s primary sport. And today? You partnered with his second sport. I’m not sure who follows who here, but man, I’m loving this. Two great sports that fit perfectly with Scouting. (And yes, you are free to use him as a poster child!)

  2. Super! Let’s do more of these!

    I’ve been involved with supporting the similar MOU between the American Radio Relay League and the BSA about Amateur Radio.

    These relationships are win-win-win. The organizations get to promote their activity, Scouts get opportunities to advance in Scouting, and unit leaders get resources for packaged programs they can incorporate into their unit plans..

  3. Fine. I try to run a couple courses a year for scout leaders and anyone else who is willing.

    Level one takes a day, level two takes two plus a background check by USA archeys company.

    But with the cost of training materials, it’s not an inexpensive course, especially in the council’s that won’t just give you the range and training room to use so you have to pay rent. Especially if the camp is far from home and you need to provide food so lunch break doesn’t take two hours.

    Although I have done level one in a councils warehouse.

    Tom Petrik
    USA Archery, level 3 coach.

    • Hi Tom, Have you tried to partner with local archery clubs or ranges? When we did our Level 1 course, the Kiswaukee Archery Club was gracious enough to let us use their beautiful facility. A Scouter from another Council ( and club member) who also wanted the training made the arrangements for us

  4. Oh, it is well worth the trouble. Us toxophilites (!) enjoy coaching Cubs and older Scouts in the fine art of the bow. What I like is setting up the range, receiving 68 arrows from Council, culling 8 from the box as damaged, then after “walking the range”, and running the range for a week, sending 82 good arrows back to Council. The previous camps just didn’t clean up the ground that well!

    • LOL I love your comment because I’ve had similar experiences. I’ve done Cub Scout day Camps and many other big events since 2003 and have only lost 3 arrows – ever. And they were all three the same event because the site chosen by the ranger wasn’t mowed as well as it should have been due to lots of rain the week before.

    • They do in a way. American Legions sponsor Venturing Crews in shooting sports, and they are a path toward Olympic shooting.

  5. This is fantastic, but the article is well short of any detail. So, we’re not official partners – what does that mean, exactly? How does that benefit the youth? Will it make it cheaper to train coaches for the merit badges? Will it make it cheaper to buys equipment?

    Tracy Singer
    USAA L2 Coach
    Council Shooting Sport Committee

  6. I’m a wee-bit disturbed by this comment…
    It will provide “a key opportunity for USA Archery to promote safe, accessible and progressive archery programming to BSA council leaders and youth nationwide,” she says.
    It’s kinda sounding like she’s saying that we haven’t been providing those things for MANY decades…
    As an BSA Trained RSO, I’m just a touch set-back by that statement.
    To my knowledge, there have been no accidents/incidents in my Area; have others experienced any unsafe ranges?
    More accessibility would be fantastic for the Youth and Adults, but what does that mean?
    Lower rates for course times?
    And I’m a wee-bit confused as to what is meant by “progressive archery programs.”
    I’m NOT trying to be negative, but what are the nuts and bolts of the partnership?
    I love being a RSO and have the best time instructing Scouts on a range, just wonder what it really means…

  7. Ok. We’re partners now (not like we weren’t using their training material already). What is USA bring to the table that will help BSA out? I am talking substantial help on the field. Not one word in the article.

    Bryan Winder how about a follow up article that has some details. (BTW, I have trained 100’s of Level 1 Archery instructors for BSA. So I walk the talk) Disappointed on these announcements that after reading appear hollow at best. I hope it is just lack of reporting.

  8. In Texas, Texas Archery Academies provide BSA troops access to archery facilities and equipment. Beyond alternative troop meetings to enjoy archery, monthly archery merit badge seminars, we provide the level 1 or 2 USAA certification both for scout leaders and summer camp counsellors.

    Details at http://www.TexasArchery.info
    Clint Montgomery, Executive Director, (Eagle Scout)
    Texas Archery Academy & Texans Archery Club 501(c)3

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