Basic Archery Instructor Training

The key to a successful archery program is a trained staff. If quality Archery is part of your Troop, Team, or Crew program, send your candidate to the USA Archery/NFAA Basic Instructor course being sponsored by Longhorn Council (used to be NAA Level 1).The course is 12 hours in length. It includes all necessary Archery Instructor training and materials. It’s excellent for senior youth. This is a 2-day class.

The training course outline is the official archery instructor course used by both the USA Archery (formerly NAA) and NFAA. The course will be presented by Course Director Don Goldston. Course size is limited to the first 20 pre-paid candidates.

Instructor candidates will learn to operate a safe and educational Archery Range. An Instructor manual is issued and teaching methods are practiced. Certification is valid 3 years. This course and certification is required to run archery activities for Scouts, Teams, Crews, etc., and is required to become reserve and run any LHC camp archery range. Instructor cards are only issued upon course completion. In addition, activities required for the Archery Merit Badge will be addressed, i.e. string-making, arrow building, along with BSA policies.

Course Requirements:

  1. Be registered with a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Team, or Venturing Crew. Other participants are welcome understanding they will be on Scout property.
  2. Attend the entire course
  3. Pass a written archery test with a score of 75% or better, and
  4. Serve effectively as a student instructor during training.

Shooting skills are not required, but helpful. Camp archery equipment will be supplied by Longhorn Council, sponsor of this NADA Basic Archery Instructor training course.


Basic Instructor Course Outline

1. Introduction
Introduction of Staff & Participants
Course Requirements

2. Safety/Orientation Class

3. Archery Safety
Review the Safety/Orientation Class
Safety Rules and Procedures
Outdoor Archery Range Setup

4. The Steps of Shooting
“9 Steps to the 10 Ring”
ACTIVITY: Shooting Practice

5. Teaching a New Archer
Teaching the First Shots
The “Gumby Technique”
ACTIVITY: Coach & Pupil New Archer
Test and Course Evaluation
Closed Book Final Examination

6. Developing Archery Skills
Shooting Form Development
The Oreo® Technique
Coaching Positions
Form Development – Shooting Steps
ACTIVITY: Skills Development

7. Equipment
Parts of the Bow and Arrow
Equipment Selection
Ordering Equipment
Repairing and Improving
Caring for and Storing Equipment

8. Archery Program Development
Class Instruction/Planning
Variety and Fun
Scoring Rounds
Tournaments
Achievement Programs
Games

9. History of Archery

10. Archery Terms
Activity: Group Instruction
Teaching a Safe Orientation Class

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