Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center presents:
Archery Camp! 

Archery camp will be running the weeks of July 6-10 and July 13-17. It is available for those who have completed 4th grade- completed 9th grade. Each week will have a maximum of 12 campers. Camp hours are 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.  Arrival time is 8:00 am - 8:30 am and pick-up is 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm. 

Campers will be provided with all gear necessary for camp. Having your own equipment is not required. If a camper already has a bow they are more than welcome to bring it to use, please just clearly mark their name on everything they bring and transport it safely.  Each child will be using several types of bows and archery accessories while at camp.  This gear will be inspected by Joe Budd staff each day to ensure safety.  Our goal is to have each child leave camp with the knowledge, confidence, and safety to continue their interest in the sport of archery.

Closed-toe shoes are required to shoot on the ranges!

Campers need to come dressed for the weather. We will be outdoors each day and camps run rain or shine. Items to bring daily include:

  • Sunscreen                                                   
  • Old shoes that can get wet and muddy
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent                  
  • Bottled water (That they can keep all day and refill)                         
  • Snacks (Archery makes you hungry!!)       
  • Bag lunch with drinks for Monday through Thursday

Friday’s lunch will be prepared by archery camp staff.   Family members are encouraged to join us for lunch and afternoon events that will showcase the talents of our new skilled archers.

For more information or questions please contact Josh Gold at or (850) 510-7205

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Joe Budd Archery Camp Overview


Monday – Introduction

  • Introduction to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, and Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center and Archery Camp; Overview of Archery Camp rules and expectations
  • Dominate eye and string bows
  • Introduction to a compound bow and arrows
  • Range safety and set up
  • 11 Steps to shooting
  • Olympic style range
  • Shoot/Don’t shoot trail

Tuesday – Expanding Archery Knowledge

  • Review range safety and 11 steps
  • Olympic style range
  • Judging distances to targets
  • Shooting from an elevated platform
  • Tree stand safety and use
  • Introduction and demonstration of different types of bows and accessories 

Wednesday – Biology

  • Shooting from an elevated platform
  • Ecology and anatomy of game animals
  • Tracking and movement of animals
  • Habitats and camouflage
  • Vitals and ethical shot placement
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Hunting regulations for Florida species
  • Shooting on the 3D archery course

Thursday – Archery Tournament

  • 3D and Olympic-style tournament
  • Introduction to fishing
  • Introduction to bowfishing

Friday – Family Lunch

  • Orienteering
  • Review of archery knowledge - safety, equipment, techniques, skills
  • Range time
  • Lunch for families
  • Announcement of tournament winners
  • Chance for families to participate with campers

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