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The County Archery Team was established in 1984 for the Essex Jamboree, by David Clare. Although he had provided archery teams prior to this, they disbanded after each Jamboree and then 4 years later a new team formed. David wanted to keep the team running between Jamborees.

In 1995 David successfully organised an archery team to provide archery at the World Jamboree in Holland. This was quite unique as we were the only activity team to be made up entirely of UK Scouts and Guides.

Sadly, shortly after this, David’s wife Doreen died, followed a couple of week’s later by David himself. David had a vision to allow Scouts and Guides to participate in, and most importantly enjoy, archery regardless of ability or indeed any disability. This is a philosophy which the team still hold.

Each year we hold a David Clare Competition, where the winner of the David Clare Memorial Trophy, is awarded to the participant who we feel has gained the most out of the experience, not necessarily the highest scores.

The Team, now, is run by a committee, headed at present by the chairman/manager Elaine Gunn. We provide archery as an activity for a variety of Scouting and Guiding events and all members of the team are trained, by the team, to GB Archery Award leaders level (Grand National Archery Society) (at present, having the GNAS / GB qualification itself is optional). We are looking to having regular team training and shooting events, maybe once every few months, in order that new members receive training and older members skills are refreshed, and it will be chance for the team to meet up socially.

Our next competition is being held at Cherrywood, Thurrock on Saturday 29th of September 2018. If interested please email: archery@essexscouts.org.uk

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