Archery (FBCEC)


Participants will learn archery basics, including the parts of the bow and arrow, safety procedures and shooting technique. They will then practice at the shooting range.

Grade Level:


Recommended Setting:


Outdoor Activity:



Fred Berry Conservation Education Center, Yellville, AR


Education Program Coordinator, 870-449-3484


45 minutes - 1.5 hours

Suggested Number of Participants:

Up to 12

Special Conditions:

Weather permitting


  • Recognize archery as a potentially safe and enjoyable outdoor sport.
  • Identify the types of bows (specifically the compound bow) as well as the parts of the arrow.
  • Employ safety procedures on an archery range.
  • Demonstrate correct handling and shooting. 

Key Terms*:


Compound bow

*See glossary for definations



Bows (the Genesis model will be provided in right- and left-hand models)

Floor quivers

Kevlar or other suitable backstop system


Supplies for marking a shooting line

Whistle for the coach


Millions turn to archery as a form of recreation every year. Many sports enthusiasts consider archery a discipline similar to martial arts. There are four basic types of bows: recurve, long, compound and cross. The traditional style is called a long bow whose simple wooden bow forms the shape of a “D.” The most recent development in archery is the compound bow. Compound bows use a pulley system that controls the arrow’s acceleration. The Geneisis bow combines draw and let-off features that make it appropriate for any size or age shooter. (Note: Only trained archery instructors should teach groups.)


  1. Begin by discussing archery. What is it? Who does it? What type of equipment is needed?
  2. Teach the parts and safe handling of the bow and arrow, using their practice equipment.
  3. Demonstrate shooting stance and technique.
  4. Explain the rules of the shooting range and demonstrate the whistle signals or verbal commands they must follow. Emphasize that anyone who violates safe procedure will be removed from the shooting range.
  5. When participants understand expectations, allow up to four or five shooters to practice under close supervision.


  • Compare the types of bows.
  • Describe the safety precautions while shooting a bow.
  • On the shooting range, what is meant by each of the following signals: one whistle, two whistles, three or more whistles?
  • What does it mean to “dry fire” a bow and why can it be hazardous?
  • Demonstrate how to hold and shoot a bow.


National Archery in the Schools Program. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission site.


Archery – the practice of shooting with a bow and arrows


Compound bow – a modern bow that uses a levering system