What does Crossbow offer
The information listed here is intended to help Leaders who would like to arrange Crossbow for their section. It also has information for Leaders/Adults who would like to get involved with this activity.
Crossbow shooting combines skills from archery and rifle shooting. You shoot bolts, which are like shorter versions of the arrows used in archery. Crossbows use a trigger to shoot the bolts, a bit like in rifle or pistol shooting. Targets are usually 8 to 20 metres, however for competition this may be extended.
Crossbow shooting can be provided for most Scouting sections. See full list of sections and any restrictions for this activity, at the end of this page. Crossbow shooting is a fully inclusive activity and it can be enjoyed by everyone with no need for prior experience. It is very helpful for the instructors to know in advance, if anyone in the group has any additional needs. This really helps the instructors and ensures they are better prepared to deliver your activity session.
Practical session contains the following elements:
• Safety briefing
• Demonstration of how to shoot
• Practical shooting
Throughout the session, coaching and advice will be offered to improve participants enjoyment.
We can also offer pure theory sessions as part of the Master at Arms badge.
Scout HQ has provided this information relating to Crossbow. It also lists some badges that Crossbow can count towards.
Click Crossbow Team to contact the Crossbow SASU.
Contact Crossbow SASU to confirm size of group that can be accommodate.
Contact Crossbow SASU to confirm duration of their activities.
Contact Crossbow SASU to discuss costs for this activity.
Click Crossbow Team to contact the County Crossbow advisor.
Click here to view POR relating to this activity
Click here to view current Factsheets
National Smallbore Rifle Association is the National Governing body for this sport.
Events Crossbow Team supports
We are a very recently formed SASU and have not yet supported any events. We are looking forward to being able to support events in the future.
|Crossbow shooting is not suitable for Squirrels due to the size/weight of the crossbows.
|Crossbow shooting is not suitable for Beavers due to the weight of the crossbows.
|The pack must provide a suitable leader to look after at least two lanes each. In addition, the pack must provide enough leaders to control the Cubs who are not shooting. Suggested maximum group size is 16 Cubs and the session should run for maximum of one hour, unless agreed beforehand.
|The troop must provide a suitable leader(s) to control the Scouts who are not shooting. Suggested maximum group size is 24 Scouts and the session should run for maximum of two hours, unless agreed beforehand.
|The group must provide enough leaders to control the Explorers who are not shooting. Suggested maximum group size is 24 Explorers and the session should not last more than two hours, unless agreed beforehand.
|Adults / Leaders