Flint Bowmen Fall Shoot!

C’mon on out and bring the whole family to Flint Bowmen on Saturday, August 13th, from 9AM-5PM and Sunday, August 14th from 9AM-3PM for our Annual Fall Shoot & Novelty Games.

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We have a great 3D Archery course setup, and Flint Bowmen now uses IBO Scoring for 3D Shoots!

The targets are set for hunting or
themes so they will be both challenging and fun!

Something for Everybody

The LONG BEAR is a shot that is not for the weak of heart!  A towering 14 foot (or thereabouts) black bear set at a daunting 100+ yards!  Can you hit it?

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The JUG SHOOT is a contest of speed to see if you can best your opponent by shooting (close range) at Milk Jugs!  The shooter who lets the most water out of the jug first wins!  The jugs are mounted on a setup that looks like a scale

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There will be raffles and prizes, lots more great novelty archery games/shots, a garage sale, and a food and beverage tent!  Raffle Drawings are Sunday at 4PM, you need not be present to win!

The full daily schedule is available here!

 

Camp Quality – Kids with Cancer Fundrasier

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Let Kids with Cancer be Kids again!

Each year members of Flint Bowmen load up the trucks, pack up the 3D and outdoor targets and head to Camp Copneconic in Grand Blanc Township, MI to spend time with kids fighting cancer at Camp Quality USA’s extravaganza!

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This years event is July 18th

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.

Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.

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.

Alexa at Camp Quality

Flint Olympian Games – Archery!

Flint Bowmen is hosting the 2016 Flint Olympian Games – Archery from 10-4 PM on July 17!

The youngest children, just starting out in archery and not able to draw a bow string far back, compete on the five- and ten yard-targets while the older children and adults shoot at targets 20 yards to 50 meters away.

Competitors who score the highest move on to compete in an exhibition match against a team from Canada in the CANUSA games.

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.

 

William’s Gun Sight – Free Youth Day!

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!

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SVAA Field Round!

This weekend, July 16th, Flint Bowmen will be hosting the SVAA field round.

Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the kitchen is open for lunch.

What is a Field Round you ask?

There are a few basic differences between field archery and most 3-D courses. Most notably, that field courses have marked yardages.

As it was so aptly put by one NFAA member: “Field archery is a game of shooting – not yardage estimation”.

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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.

Flint Bowmen is located at:
5478 Belsay Road
Grand Blanc Mi, 48439

Congrats Brenden!

Flint Bowmen’s Brenden Tallmadge took home a Bronze medal in the Yoemen Division at the Meijer State Games!

Great Job Brenden!

Bringing Home the Gold!

Flint Bowmen member, NFAA Pro, Rocky Cummins brings home the GOLD at Michigan Meijer State Games!

Congratulations Rocky!

History of Archery – The Olympic Games

History of Archery

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.

Link: History of Archery at the Olympic Games

10 Reasons to Teach your Kids Archery

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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.

One of the Safest Sports

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.

Year-Round, Indoors and Out – for Everyone

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.

Kids Shooting Bows

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Scholarships

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.

Better Behavior

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.”

Better Behavior

Life – and Classroom – Skills

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.

Focus and Self-Discipline

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.

Focus and Self Discipline

Improved Physical Health

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.

Better Balance and Coordination

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.

Better Balance and Coordination

Teaches Goal Setting

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.

Builds Confidence and Self-Awareness

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.

Is your child ready to try archery?  Check out the Flint Bowmen Calendar and our Archery Lessons for Beginners page for kids leagues and archery instruction nights.

Adapted From: Archery 360 – 10 Reasons to Teach your Kids Archery