Archery for Beginners
Organized groups may request this program for 10-20 participants ages 8+. Equipment for this program is provided by the center and is limited. Large groups will be divided and rotate through shooting exercises.
Archery is a fun and safe shooting sport that is regaining popularity across the globe. In this program, students will develop the knowledge and skill needed to pursue this sport as a leisure activity while practicing safe handling of bows and arrows. This program is taught by certified instructors.
- Review terms:
- Archery: using a bow to propel arrows
- Fletching: the feather or plastic lobes on the back of an arrow
- Nock: a metal or plastic piece of an arrow that holds on to the bow string
- Index fletching: the fletch of a color unlike the others which indicates proper arrow position.
- Study the history of archery
- Discuss range safety and rules
- Identify parts of bows and arrows
- Bow firing practice
- Discuss how to score shots
- Discuss proper arrow removal from target and handling
Optional Activities based on class size, class length, and experience level of participants:
- Determine eye dominance
- Work with string-bows to achieve proper draw position
- Cover Nation Training System 11 steps to shooting archery
Post Visit recommendations:
- Complete age-appropriate hunting/conservation activity which can be provided by the center. (ages 8-12: “The Hunter”; ages 13-18: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”)
- Study different types of bows and arrows and other hunting devices
- Demonstrate knapping of arrowheads or other primitive tools