Grasshopper and Sensei loves The Hunger Games. When she went to sleepaway camp this summer, one of her favorite activities was archery. When she hit 5 bullseyes, she reached Level Katniss and then she stopped keeping track but she did ask me to find her an archery range when she returned home.
At Mother/Daughter Weekend at her camp, I was forced to sail a Sunfish (actually, it was me screaming on the bow of the boat as we nearly hit other boats, kayaks, and submerged tree trunks), run for my life in a competitive game of Freeze Tag, make a bead necklace, sleep in a tent, and shoot 5 arrows at the archery range.
My first three attempts at archery completely missed the target. But attempt number 4 was the ellusive bullseye. I can see how easy it is to get hooked!
I found a place for her in Norwood, MA that just opened called Bay State Archery. It’s not terribly convenient but we have been to that area for Futsol. They say that training classes start the first weekend of every month. You can make a reservation for the September session by calling 781-352-0643 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They also do birthday parties and groups! Hmmm … this could be a fun family outing!
My 8-year-old has been shooting arrows for some time as well at his summer day camp. He’s seems to be fascinated with archery, even building his own bow and arrows from sticks. He can’t decide what to do for his upcoming birthday — everything I’ve suggested (SkyZone Trampoline, Laser Tag, Cooking, Video Game) has been summarily rejected so far — so an archery birthday party might be a good one!
PickyKidPix had archery at her sleepaway camp as well. It’s a YMCA camp but a different one from her sister. She likes it too but said they were onlh allowed to shoot 4 arrows a time!
The Hunger Games — both book and movie — and Brave are credited with the rising interest in archery for kids. When I asked my 13-year-old if indeed it was The Hunger Games that sparked her interest, she replied, “Duh!” That’s teenage speak for, “Thanks so much mom for noticing my interests, where they derive from, and for researching where to get me the lessons I requested.”
The joy of archery seems to be spreading and archery for kids seems to be growing because of it. Have your kids tried archery and, if so, do they like it?
p.s. Here’s a clip of Katniss when she first realizes how good she is.
This is a video of Jennifer Lawerence’s Olympic archery instructor who talks about what it takes to be a great archer.
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