We will be meeting at the club around 4 to 4:30 to load targets and bows. Each year Camp Quality has a theme this year’s theme is Characters. Any character, so dress as your favorite character (or come as you are) and help a kid with cancer learn to shoot a bow.
We invite those adults who would like to volunteer for a few hours to come and share your love and knowledge of archery with kids who are facing huge challenges and just need to feel like kids again.
Your kids are welcome also, while they won’t be able to coach, they can spend a little time and make friends with some of the kids participating in Camp Quality.
Last year, Flint Bowmen’s Alexa Smith (left) came with her parents to spend a little time and make new friends and she is really looking forward to going this year also!
Alexa had taken a small stuffed animal with her from her collection of them to give to one of the kids. As I understand it, she has a number of stuffed animals and she’s attached to all of them. It didn’t take her long to find a little girl that she was drawn to, coincidentally, her name was Lexi. Alexa and Lexi had a great time together for a little while until the campers moved to the next activity. As a father, I hope that’s one part of a life lesson Alexa learns, repeats, and pays forward. When I asked how it made her feel, she said “good inside”. That’s an awesome feeling.
The CANUSA Games is an annual amateur sporting competition taking place since 1959 based on the foundation of friendship between the communities of Greater Hamilton and Flint & Genesee County. The communities alternate hosting, and each year families from the host community open their homes to athletes from the visiting community in teh spirit of international goodwill and neighborliness, thus their motto “Experience the Friendship”.
While sport competition is a major part of the Games, the real focus is on creating and fostering international friendships. In many instances, this three day event has developed friendships, which have grown and continued for many years after the competition has ended. In addition to friendship, CANUSA is also focused on encouraging lifelong physical fitness and activity for participants in both communities.
Do you want to educate your kids on hunting and fishing in a fun and safe environment? Jake’s National Wild Turkey Federation is presenting a FREE Youth Fun Day, hosted by Williams Gun Sight Company in Davison, MI. All the info you will need is on the flyer below, so bring your kids out for a fun day at their newly renovated facility!
As it was so aptly put by one NFAA member: “Field archery is a game of shooting – not yardage estimation”.
The basic NFAA field round is made up of 28 targets. The round is two 14 targets units. There can be 28 targets one after the other, or you can have a 14 target course and shoot it twice to make the round. Each 14 target unit has the same shots, but not necessarily in the same order, on a 28 target field course. You shoot four arrows at each target, so you shoot a total of 112 arrows per field and hunter rounds. Some of the shooting positions let you shoot all four arrows from one marked stake; some shooting positions have stakes at four different positions where you walk toward the target on each shot, or in a fan position. The distances vary according to the round you are shooting. The standard NFAA field round has distances that vary from 20 feet to 240 feet. There are four different size faces, the further the target, the bigger the target. “Hey,” you say, “I don’t shoot at deer that are 80 yards away.” No, neither do the rest of us. The idea is that it teaches you to aim at a spot and will make a better all around archer out of you. Now the younger folks get a break. If you’re under 15, your longest distance is 50 yards; if you’re under 12, the longest range is 30 yards. Targets are round, black and white faces. There is a possible 20 points per target and a perfect round is 560.
Archery was introduced for the first time at the Games of the II Olympiad in Paris in 1900. It was then included on the program of the 1904, 1908 and 1920 Games before disappearing for over 50 years. The Games of the XX Olympiad in Munich in 1972, saw the re-introduction of archery on the Olympic program. Women were able to compete in archery events at the 1904 and 1908 Games, then again, like the men, in 1972.
Evidence suggests that extracurricular activities at school provide a safe environment for adolescent growth while preventing students from starting bad habits like smoking and drinking. Even so, participation isn’t universal. A December 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau found that only 57 percent of youths 6 to 17 participate in an after-school activity. If you’re looking for a safe, fun activity for your child with lots of extra benefits, archery is the way to go.
Safety first! According to the Archery Trade Association, archery is safer than every school-offered ball sport, except bowling and table tennis. Check out these additional safety tips and rules.
Archery is available in indoor and outdoor settings, and it appeals to many audiences, come rain, snow or sunshine. There are many different styles of archery, including target archery (as seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Games), field archery – which is enjoyed on a wooded course outdoors – and 3D archery, for shooting foam animal targets. Archery moves indoors for the winter months, and outside in spring, summer and fall. It’s also adaptable for those with disabilities, known as para-archers. Para-archers shoot from a stool or wheelchair. Some even use their teeth or feet to draw their bow.
The 2014 NASP (National Archery in the School Program) National Championship gave out $77,000 in scholarships to nearly 11,000 student-archers. NASP isn’t the only organization offeringscholarships; the National Field Archery Association, together with the Easton Foundations, also awards scholarship money. Whether students earn cash or college scholarships at tournaments, archery can help meet their long-term goals.
Rules outside of the classroom can improve behavior inside the classroom. Anthony Park, archery coordinator at Cullman Parks and Recreation in Alabama, told the Archery Trade Association: “Once kids realize they can only shoot if they follow the rules, they get it. I’ve seen kids with the worst behavioral problems straighten up because they know if they follow the rules, they can shoot. It’s like magic.”
Practicing and competing with a team and/or coach teaches students respect, sportsmanship and teamwork. Archers must respect the sport’s rules, as well as each other and range/tournament organizers. Whether solo or as a team, archers interact while honing their goals and determination.
Additionally, Mike Duncan and Raeann Melvin, who teach physical education at Nolanville Elementary School in Nolanville, Texas, use archery to teach third- through fifth-graders how to determine area and perimeter in geometry.
Olympic archer Brady Ellison draws over 4 tons of weight in the course of an Olympic event. How is that possible? Science.
The very heart of archery is learning a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at putting arrows in the middle of the target.
When archers make mistakes, they are taught that the solution is to analyze their steps and focus on improving one thing at a time. This is a great recipe for success on the archery field, in the classroom, and in life.
During outdoor tournaments, archers absorb all-natural Vitamin D from the sun for bone health. Regardless of the setting, archery builds core, chest, back and shoulder muscles. Case in point: drawing 40 arrows at 25 pounds each equals 1,000 pounds of weight.
Did you know: Archers walk as much as 5 miles through the course of one tournament? All that walking improves heart health, muscle tone and leg strength.
Drawing a bow strengthens core muscles, which improves archers’ balance and stability. In turn, balance and stability improve posture, hand-eye coordination, and the chances of hitting the target.
Archery provides a great goal-setting environment. Archers can adapt their goals as they improve by increasing distances and focusing on smaller target rings. Whether students are first-timers or Olympic-hopefuls like Emily Bee, archery fits their growing needs.
Whether your “target” is improving your health, physique, sociability or focus, archery can help you hit the bull’s-eye and be a more confident you, in and out of the classroom.
Adapted From: Archery 360 – 10 Reasons to Teach your Kids Archery