I am a Merit Badge councilor for Archery, and recently mentored a few scouts on a shooting weeked outing. The requirement for accuracy is stated below:
Shooting at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at 15 yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a minimum score of 160. Accomplish this in the following manner:
- Shoot 15 arrows in five-arrow ends, at a distance of 10 yards. AND
- Shoot 15 arrows in five-arrow ends, at a distance of 15 yards.
My question is this:
The targets were fixed at 15 yards, and were not able to be moved closer to the 10 yard distance. Two Scouts qualified shooting all 30 arrows at the 15 yard distance, shooting 5 arrows in each of 6 ends. I’m planning to accept this as meeting the requirement given that what they achieved is more difficult than what the requirement technically states.
Is there any reason NOT to certify the accuracy requirement as beging achieved?
I feel this is a Spirt of the Law vs. the Letter of the Law situation.
Thanks in advance.