In January 2001, in Southampton, a Scout Archery Club was formed, Southampton Scout Archery Club. The Club was affiliated to the Grand National Archery Society (GNAS) and, at that time, had only an indoor range in Bassett Green Road, in Southampton.
As well as meeting regularly at the indoor range, at that time, once a fortnight on a Wednesday evening, Southampton Scout Archery Club also spent a large number of evenings and weekends visiting Scout HQs and campsites, providing archery activities for Groups from all over the south of England.
Southampton Scout Archery Club outgrew its original indoor range and in April 2003 moved to St George RC School. Here, they had use of the gymnasium as an indoor range, giving twice as much shooting space as the previous location. In addition to this, the Club had use of the school’s playing fields for shooting outdoors.
The original Hampshire Scout Archery Club was also formed in 2001 with the aim of providing archery activities for members of the Scout Association.
It was affiliated to the Grand National Archery Society and registered the Copythorne Scout HQ as its outdoor shooting range.
Each year since 2001, the Club has put on a County Archery Competition, allowing all members of the Scout Association from Cub Scouts through to Leaders compete in three area eliminators leading to a County final.
Other than this, Hampshire Scout Archery Club’s role was mainly in an advisory capacity.
In June 2003, it was decided that since Southampton Scout Archery Club was the more active of the two Clubs and was working in an area far larger that its name suggested, it would be sensible if the two Clubs were merged together. This was agreed and the new Hampshire Scout Archery Club was created.