This summer dubbed you the “What did you do this summer?” champ. Your archery camp story trumps even the best jokes, and all your friends envy your arrow-nocking, bull’s-eye hitting re-enactments.
Whether you attended outdoors, all-sports or archery-only camp, we’ve got the ABCs to further improve your skills, maintain your newfound archery love, and turn your friends green with envy.
A: Archery Programs Near You
Many schools and communities offer archery as an extracurricular activity. Read about the programs below, then find the one closest to you.
About: NASP, the National Archery in the Schools Program, teaches target archery in conjunction with fourth- through 12th grade physical-education classes. The best part? NASP provides all the archery equipment you need. Move over, recess! Archery is the new favorite class of the day.
Locate: Find out if your school offers NASP.
About: Explore Archery aims to grow archery by working with schools, community organizations, and parks and recreation departments to introduce beginners to the sport. The curriculum gives a creative, innovative “first glance” at archery safety, equipment basics, and shooting technique. Shooting paint-filled balloons? Yes, please!
Locator: Find a program near you.
There’s art in archery.
Posted by Archery 360 on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
About: JOAD, Junior Olympic Archery Development, provides opportunities for compound and recurve archers ages 8 to 20 to compete regionally, nationally and worldwide. JOAD fosters continual improvement through its achievement program. The program awards archers with a series of pins as they improve and achieve their goals. Read more about the achievement program here.
Locator: Find a JOAD program near you.
Olympic Archery in Schools
About: Olympic Archery in Schools is an archery league for middle- and high-schoolers. The program introduces students to Olympic-style recurve archery. Students at participating schools form a team and compete against other nearby teams.
Locator: Find a league near you.
Scholastic 3-D Archery
Collegiate Archery Programs
About: Many colleges have already-established archery clubs. If not, you can work with your student government association to create a club. Alternatively, check out collegiate programs by USA Archery and US Collegiate Archery.
B: Bow and Equipment
Buying your own archery equipment can be a daunting, expensive task. Thankfully, many programs provide all the equipment needed to get started. Some shops even let you rent equipment.
If you want to purchase your own equipment, consider a grow-with-you model that features adjustable draw lengths and weights. Also consider these 10 budget-friendly bows under $200.
The above-mentioned programs provide exceptional introductions to archery, and opportunities to compete with other archers. But nothing pays off like consistent practice with a certified instructor. Click here to find instructor-led classes near you.
You had the “best summer ever,” and now you’re set for the “best year ever” in archery. Check out our how-to section for more tips on getting started in archery.