Across history and cultures, shooting a bow and arrow has been regarded as a critical skill and an elite martial art. Archery can be a great activity, offering a range of benefits. It will be able to keep you physically fit, improve hand-eye coordination, and help you become more social. Because of these advantages, many people are interested in this hobby.
This is a Merit Badge Workshop designed to go over the basics of Archery and explain what you need to complete to earn your badge.
September 24th @ 1pm
$35 per participant
THIS EVENT IS FOR GUILD MEMBERS ONLY:
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This workshop gives the new archer the foundations necessary to execute an archery shot with consistent accuracy properly.
Merit Badge Workbook
Equipment Basics, Safety procedures, Shooting basics.
The session lasts 2 hours and all equipment is provided.
Includes basic instruction and range safety.
The workshop will focus on safety, basic techniques, and drills.
Instructors are certified by USA Archery to teach the same National Training System (NTS) used to prepare our Olympic archers.
Range requires that all participants wear closed-toe shoes. Sandals and Flip flops which do not enclose the toe are not permitted for participants. Spectators are welcome to wear these types of shoes.
All necessary equipment is provided for the students at no extra charge.
Optional accessories such as finger tab and sling are available for purchase but are not required.
Benefits of Archery
Improves your focus
Archers need to learn to tune out everything and focus on their target, focus on their form and focus on releasing the bowstring correctly every time. This concentration when practiced regularly during archery can improve focus in other daily and high-pressure situations.
Improves hand-eye coordination
Feedback from your eyes directs your hands to correctly aim your bow. With regular practice, your coordination becomes better and the archer gets better at aiming.
Improves hand and finger flexibility
Fingers and hands strengthen in archery and become more flexible. This is due to the fact that while aiming at the target, they are fully in use.
Improves your core and upper body strength
Archery affects the body in much the same way as lifting weights. When an archer practices aiming and drawing, they use not just their arms, but also their core, chest, and shoulders. When you observe an archer you will see that they usually hold their draw for a couple of seconds before they fire the arrow. This act leads to muscle development in major upper body muscle groups. Not only does archery lead to strength it also increases balance which is necessary for success in many sports and helps with overall everyday wellness and energy.
Drawing a bow burns about 140 calories per half-hour, the same as walking at a brisk 3.5-mile per hour pace.
Increases patience and confidence
Archery is a sport that is all about precision. In order to improve in this skill, archers quickly learn they must practice and rely on their patience. As archers’ patience, mental focus and skills improve during practice and tournaments, whether they compete against themselves or others, they get a boost of self-esteem and self-confidence.
Improves social skills
Archery can be an individual sport or a team sport. Archers can be any age and from many different walks of life. When they practice and spend time at the range, they get to know other individual archers. Teams are important in archery and archers learn to recognize each other’s strengths and how to support each other.
When releasing an arrow, watching it fly, and seeing and hearing it hit a target, many archers often find this a great stress reliever. The focus this requires is often likened to meditation and as such is an overall satisfying and relaxing experience.
Archery is a great family sport and can be done by people of diverse abilities.