Mobile Archery Ranges To Showcase Scouting
New Innovation Project for Major Community Festivals and Events
Beginning in August, 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. They are already proving
their worth, having been used at five festivals with photos of the
ranges in action appearing in four community papers. They have been a
huge hit with festival/fair goers.
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 Resource Executive, who will work
with the council's reservation team to determine availability.
- Pick-Up and Return – The
ranges are stored 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 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
- iPads & Hot Spots –
In keeping with the range's recruitment purpose, an iPad with a
database program is included to capture contact information on those
interested in Scouting. They will work as stand-alone devices, but it
is recommended that you have a hot spot (like a mifi or smartphone) to
enable the Wi-Fi iPads to connect to our online registration system for
those who want to sign up immediately.