Obviously Covid has robbed us of indoors and “Badge Night” in 2020/1 but you can still shoot a Bray 1 outdoors and submit the score for a badge. Just see a committee member for details. Recently 3 archers achieved badges on the same day during a breezy outdoor session so it can be done!
Outdoors, GA has the 252 awards but we at Glasgow Archers also have an award that can be earned indoors. The “Badge Night” .. err .. badge. Intended to span a range from beginner to experienced archer, it has proved quite popular over the years. Once per month, the semi formal badge night evenings were a thing both anticipated and dreaded by GA shooters. The polar opposite of the Chocolate Challenge (silly rules night with choccie prizes), Badge Night was taken quite seriously by archers not known for being competitive. So game face on … lets do this!
The round shot for the badge is the Bray 1 … 30 arrows at 20 yards on a 40cm face. The colour of badge achieved is based on your average arrow score as shown below. The Bray 1 was chosen as it could be comfortably fitted into a club evening without pressuring archers not used to structured competitions, 2 minute ends and straight jacket rules. A gentle introduction to award driven improvement and just a smidgen of competition honest. Just shoot the required score once and the badge is yours. Scoresheet for the round can be found here … GA award scheme scoresheet.
While the earlier colours have proven good encouragement to newbie archers, and has led more than a couple into competition … Gold has proven a little tricky with several archers coming up just 1 or 2 points short not just once but over and over. Some of them are moving into meme territory!
But lets be honest here … that’s a handsome badge. Wouldn’t they look good in your medal/badge/award collection? (Just cross my palm with six 50p coins per badge gov and that’s me cuttin’ me own throat! Just shoot that required score.)