Mobile Archery Ranges Available To Showcase Scouting
Reserve One for a Major Community Festival or Event
We've got some really exciting resources available to serve as a
new member recruitment tool while helping increase Scouting's
visibility and image. Archery is one of our most popular camp
activities and these commercial, specially branded inflatable ranges can
give festival goers a taste of Scouting. They use safe foam tipped
arrows with beginner-friendly bows and accessories.
Supported as a pilot project by the Council Innovation Committee,
funding was provided for three mobile ranges in 2017. They have proved so popular that two more were been added in 2018. The ranges have been used at numerous festivals with photos of the
ranges in action appearing in community papers, as well as on television programs. The ranges have been a
huge hit with festival/fair goers and resulted in new members.
Where and How Can We Use an Inflatable Range?
Here are the criteria and steps to utilize one of these mobile ranges:
- Major Event/Festival/Fair
– These are designed to be used for large events with a focus on
showcasing Scouting and new member recruitment. Use must go
beyond a being unit activity to extend their useful life and enable
them to make the most impact.
- Volunteers – A minimum of
five volunteers are needed at all times to run the range, with one
designated as the Range Safety Officer, who will be in charge and
required to take the online training/orientation.
- Reservations – Make your
request through your district's Program Relations Executive, who will work
with the council's reservation team to determine availability.
- Pick-Up and Return – The
ranges are stored at the TeamBuilding Center at Base Camp, so must be picked up and
returned there during business hours. The equipment comes in three
large cases so a large vehicle, such as an SUV or van will be required.
- Electricity – The
inflatable backdrop requires a steady stream of air from a blower. A
long extension cord is provided, but if your proposed location does not
have power available, you will need to secure a portable, quiet