Before we had kids, my husband dreamed of the day he could buy his son his first bow and take him into the woods. The universe had different plans: my husband and I were blessed with three girls. Our girls are little (7, 5 & 2), but they have been talking about shooting a bow with daddy for what seems like forever. So while the dream looks a little different, the end result is much the same. My husband enrolled our two oldest daughters in an archery class and is spending quality time sharing something he loves and is passionate about. The girls are learning safety, precision, and focus, but they are also having fun!
Historically archery has been used as a method of hunting and combat. And, in Wisconsin, it is synonymous with fall and bowhunting for whitetail deer. Coming from a family of hunters and having married someone who lives and breathes bowhunting, that is all I ever knew…until recently. Archery is much more than simply bowhunting. It teaches focus, self-control, and discipline. It does not discriminate based on gender, athletic skill or age.
If your child is showing interest in archery, here are a few local places for youth lessons and leagues.
Old 45 Archery
N2779 State Hwy 15, Hortonville
Jeanette Bearwald owns Old 45 Archery with her husband Chad. She is passionate about arming kids with the proper skills for both safety and success with a bow. Old 45 Archery offers group and private youth lessons ages 4-17. If you are looking for a unique birthday party, your child can also host his/her birthday at Old 45 Archery!
Omro Bowhunters, Inc.
1230 E Main Street, Omro
Omro Bowhunters Club was first established in 1954 as a place for people to gather to practice and improve their archery skills. The philosophy is still in practice today. They have youth archery leagues and youth memberships.
910 W Ryan Street, Brillion
Underground Archery is a full-service bow shop complete with underground range and video archery range. Youth leagues are offered for kids 14 and under. Leagues are determined by skill level, pros from Underground Archery will work with the kids to determine ways for improvement throughout the league.
Many local park and recreation departments are offering lessons during the spring/summer sessions:
- Appleton – Ages 9+
- Kaukauna – Grades 3-8 (summer programming will be announced in May)
- Little Chute – Ages 8-Adult
- Menasha – Ages 8-15
- Neenah – Grades 3-8
- Oshkosh – Ages 9-17