Tag Archery for Schools
Tag archery is a fun and safe combat game that can be enjoyed during a residential school trip at Cumulus Outdoors. It’s a great way to burn off some energy, improve fitness and strengthen bonds between students as they work together to complete various challenges and defeat the other team.
Tag archery is incredibly popular with visitors to our residential centre or tented village. It is a hybrid of archery, dodgeball and paintball and a firm favourite among older secondary school students and DofE residential groups.
- Hybrid of archery, dodgeball and paintball
- Fun and safe combat game requiring team work
- Includes a variety of games and challenges
Fun & safe combat sport
During tag archery sessions students endeavour to ‘tag’ members of the opposing team by shooting them with foam tipped arrows. The game is completely safe and managed in a structured environment with all the necessary safety precautions in place, including full face masks.
Unlike paintball, which the game is often compared to, tag archery is painless and mess free! Before the team games begin, students will be given time to familiarise themselves with the bow and arrows and will be taught to use them properly by the Cumulus Team. They can practice their aim on fixed targets before progressing to the team aspect of the sport.
Our experienced instructors will give the groups various games and missions to complete over the course of the session. The activity takes place within a marked field with plenty of obstacles to manoeuvre around and hide behind, including inflatable pillars, oil drums and crate walls.
In addition to boundless fun and laughter on the tag archery site, this ultimate team sport promotes teamwork, self-confidence, communication, leadership, fitness and tactical thinking. These skills aid students interpersonal development, which can be built upon on return to the classroom.
Students can lead their team to victory during tag archery sessions by beating opponents in mini-games like Capture the Flag. Good leadership requires excellent communication, so students will learn to issue clear instructions and voice their plans to the rest of the group.
Tag archery is a team sport, so all players must take an active role in the game for the group to succeed. Prior to the games starting they can decide upon their strategy and assign various roles to different members within the group. The key to winning the challenges is tactical thinking, so students will need to assess how best to plan their attack and utilise the space and obstacles to their advantage.
Tag Archery FAQs
Where can I find your tag archery certificates?
If you would like to see all our information, including risk assessments, policies, emergency procedures, insurance and affiliation certification, please ask. You will be sent a link to our website with a password to access and download as much as you need.
Are you insured for tag archery?
Yes, we are insured for tag archery and we have £10 million public liability insurance. We are accredited by: Institute of Outdoor Learning, National Coasteering Charter, Adventure Activities Licensing Service, DofE Approved Activity Provider and Learning Outside the Classroom.
What happens if there is bad weather before tag archery?
Rarely is the weather bad enough to cancel a tag archery session. However, if we feel we need to cancel or change the session, we will be in touch at least 2 days prior to the activity. We will however always do our best to deliver the activities as per the agreed programme.
What if my child doesn’t want to do tag archery?
During all our activity sessions, we challenge the students to participate voluntarily, to push their comfort zone and test themselves. We operate a ‘challenge by choice ethos’, which allows the students to choose the level they are comfortable with.
What is the instructor to participant ratio for tag archery?
The participant to instructor ratio for tag archery is 1:30.
What kit do students need to bring to tag archery?
Clothing suitable for the outdoors is a must for tag archery. A full set of waterproofs. A rucksack with an extra layer, snacks, something to drink and any personal medication. Ideally a pair of walking shoes or trainers.