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Throwing equipment, targets and throwing areas

Throwing equipment, targets and throwing areas

Appropriate targets are made of soft woods (e.g. Poplar, Pine, Wellingtonia or Willow) and could be of a fixed variety or portable depending on the circumstances surrounding the activity. Targets are typically log slices, a minimum of 100mm thick and at least 600mm in diameter; a preferred diameter is 750mm – 1000mm as the larger the target the more successful the throwers are likely to be.

For most disciplines targets have circular aiming marks or concentric scoring rings but other geometric designs may be encountered and are acceptable. A target must not resemble any human or animal form as this is not permitted within Scouting. 

Each target must be fixed, even if temporarily, to a wooden frame or tripod. If a tripod is used the target must lean back sufficiently so as not to be easily pulled over when removing an embedded axe. The target bulls-eye should be around the chest height of the person throwing (for example between 1.3m and 1.6m above the ground for an adult). Appropriately anchored scaffold boarding or clamped wooden blocks, of similar thickness to that outlined above could be considered but it is important to ensure that these are capable of holding an embedded axe without falling over.

It's acceptable to organise indoor sessions but consideration must be given to protecting floors and walls with boards, carpet, netting, etc. when deciding this. The range distances depicted in the suggested 'Tomahawk Throwing Range Layout' apply for both indoor and outdoor ranges.

Tomahawk throwing areas, as with those for archery and shooting, need proper consideration to ensure both the safety of those taking part in; and observing the activity. Within the suggested tomahawk throwing range layout the distances must be considered as minimum. The distance between the throwing line and the target must not be less than 3m due to the risk of rebound. The throwing range should be clearly marked avoiding areas with overhanging obstructions e.g. branches, cables and pipework. 6ft fencing around the edge of the range is recommended for outdoor ranges.