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Berkshire Scouts On Target at National Event!
For the 13th National Scout Archery Competition, held each year at Phasels Wood Campsite, approximately 30 Leaders and Scouts from around Berkshire entered the competition
There are 4 different events available, but with multiple ages and equipment categories, and they are:
40-yard target archery, 20-yard target archery, a field archery competition, and a clout event (think Battle of Hastings, where you all shoot up into the air at the same time to try and get closest to a flag stuck in the ground 80 yards away!)
Whilst we were certainly NOT the largest county represented at the event (Cambridge and Hampshire make up nearly half the numbers at around 200!) – Our 4 Berkshire Groups certainly shot well above our collective weight with 7 of them winning their respective events:
Heather (1st Compton) U11 Field and U11 20-yard Target
Arthur (1st Twyford) U14 Clout
Joshua (1st Twyford) U14 Field
Keith (3rd Woodley) O18 40-yard Target (Longbow)
Leon (1st Compton) O18 40-yard Target (Recurve)
Maia (1st Twyford) U18 40-yard Target (Barebow)
We also managed 5 Silver and Bronze medallists throughout the various categories:
James (3rd Woodley) 2nd U18 20-yard Target (Recurve)
Joshua (1st Twyford) 2nd 20-yard Target (supplied)
Katrina (1st Compton) 2nd U14 Field
Harvey (Windsor & Eton) 3rd U18 20-yard Target (recurve)
Ed (Windsor & Eton) 3rd O18 40-yard Target (barebow)
Congratulations to all of you that entered, grateful thanks to my fellow leaders for the weekend, and to the County for all your support!
Bring on the 14th National Competition, when we can go to defend the titles, and maybe pick up a few new ones!
Written by a rather proud Zed (ASL 1st Twyford) and member of Berkshire Scouts Shooting A.S.U.
Website for the National Scout Archery Competition can be found here


3rd/4th February 2018

Range Conducting officer training Course (NSRA YPS Tutor or equivalent) - [Module Shooting]

Venue TBC - Windsor and Eton District

Course Full


See County Website diary for details and booking, or contact Ed Cecil,, for further information


Archery Permit Holders Course - October 2017 (Bears Rails Campsite)
Well done to the 13 new Adventurous Activity Permit Holders (Archery) who successfully completed the course in the glorious October sun at Bears Rails Campsite.  We have 5 new PHs in Windsor and Eton, 3 in Maidenhead, 3 in South Berks, 1 in Wokingham and 1 in Slough District.

18th/ 19th February 2017

Range Conducting officer training Course (NSRA YPS Tutor or equivalent) - [Module Shooting]

Now Full

See County Website diary for details and booking, or contact Ed Cecil,, for further information

New Archery Permit Rules

The County now has all the necessary processes in place in light of the changes to running archery activities. For those holding an Archery GB qualification i.e. GNAS Community Sports Leaders Award or A-GB Instructor Award or equivalent/higher then you can now apply for an activity permit. If you hold either of these qualifications and have up to date logged experience/necessary evidence, then no practical assessment is likely* to be required.
(*Subject to Permit Assessors discretion)

Please log into the County Website and submit a Permit Application, remembering to attach a copy of your qualification & your log book.

For those that don’t hold the appropriate qualification then opportunities to get a practical assessment are available. Please contact Jeremy Burden – County Archery Advisor on

For further information on Archery, Please contact
ED Cecil
Manger of the County Archery & Shooting ASU


NSRA YPS Rifle Shooting Course - 18-19th February 2017

Sunccesful completion of this 2 day course will enable you to run air rifle shooting for Scouting. The course is being run in the east of the County and the full cost is £90.  However we will subsidise leaders (including assistant leaders & sectional assistants)and instructors in Berkshire Scouting who agree to run shooting for Scouting for at least 2 years; for them the cost will only be £ 45.  To apply log onto the County website, go to the County Diary and click on the course & complete the form.

Archery Permit Course - 20-21 May 2017

We have now arranged a County Course for those seeking a permit over the weekend of the 20-21st of May.  This is a full 2 day course and the training sessions are likely to go on into the Saturday evening so we will be making arrangements so that you can camp overnight if you wish.  We will announce the venue and the course fee once we have finalised the details.  There will be 50% fee rebate providing you commit to gaining an archery permit and running archery for Scouting in Berkshire for 2 years or you have a County Activity training grant for archery.

To apply go to the county training dairy and click on the archery course.


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