Scout Builds Archery Range for Eagle Project

Some Scouts really love archery. Many of them pursue earning the Archery merit badge, but some Scouts go even further in their love of the sport.

Scout Brian A. of the Boy Scouts of America Central Minnesota Council loves archery so much that he wanted to make it the focus of his Eagle Scout project. Brian had two brothers who had previously traveled down the path toward earning Eagle, so he knew how much hard work and effort would be necessary to bring his plan to fruition.

Scout Builds Archery Range for Eagle Project
Scout Brian A. at the archery range he built for his Eagle project. (photo: Jason Wachter, St. Cloud Times)

Brian decided that his Eagle project would involve the construction of an archery range at a local park. That would give residents of the area a chance to hone their skills with the bow and arrow.

The next-closest range wasn’t really that close at all, so this would be a significant improvement for the community.

“There’s not many places around here to shoot your bow, except for St. Joe, which is kind of a trip out there,” Brian said.

Brian worked with a team of more than 50 people and spent more than 200 hours developing and building the archery range.

The range features 11 shooting stations with targets that range from 10 yards to 80 yards. By offering different distances, it helps archers of different skill levels challenge themselves.

People in the local community are happy to have an additional attraction at one of their local parks.

“It just brings another user group to our parks,” said Ben Anderson, Stearns County Parks’ operations coordinator.

To learn more about Brian’s Eagle Scout project, be sure to read the full article in The Daily Progress.

To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like Brian, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video:


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