The title might be a bit dramatic, yes, but if you have children or you are a young person looking to get into archery this is for you. This press release appeared in my inbox today and it's a great opportunity for SoCal archers, especially those further east to participate in a youth archery clinic. There is a clinic in NorCal and one in SoCal.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer two beginning archery clinics this spring for young archers between the ages of 8 and 17.
The first clinic, the Youth Archery Spring Fling, will be held Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maya Archery Range, 750 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville (Placer County).
The second clinic, the Mojave Youth Archery Blast, will be held Saturday, June 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mojave Archers Range, 10500 Eaby Road in Phelan (San Bernardino County).
"Archery is a sport that motivates youth to spend time outdoors, and California has some of the best and most scenic outdoor ranges available to the public," said Lesa Johnston, CDFW's coordinator for the California National Archery in the Schools Program. "We hope that by offering archery opportunities, youth will be encouraged to explore the possibilities and participate in this lifelong sport."
Each clinic includes a safety orientation, fundamental archery instruction, an introduction to various types of equipment and plenty of actual target practice. Clinic participants will be supervised by adults as they practice shooting at the outdoor stationary bull's-eye targets.
Separate instruction will be provided for youth (8-12 years old) and teens (13-17). Participants of both age groups must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost is $15 for all ages, and includes the use of the equipment, snacks and lunch. Parents and guardians will also receive a lunch at no additional charge.
CDFW will co-sponsor the clinic with the California Bowmen Hunters and the State Archery Association. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Online registration is available on the CDFW website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/yo. For additional information, please call the program coordinator at (916) 322-8933.