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.
2851 E Apple Creek Road | Appleton | (920) 733-9622
ARCHERY 101 (AGES 8-16) Learn the basics of archery in this class including the ‘11 steps to becoming a successful archer.’ The class follows the National Archery in the Schools Program guidelines and is taught by a NASP Certified Instructor. All equipment is provided.
ADVANCED ARCHERY (AGES 10-18 YEARS) This class is designed for experienced archers. Archery 101 is a prerequisite. Various targets are used including 3D. Equipment is provided by the Y, however, personal bows are encouraged. The class is held outdoors.
Fox River Mall | 4301 W Wisconsin Avenue | Appleton | (920) 830-2977
Scheels offers kids archery experiences several times throughout the year. These are single day events you can find on the Events page of their website. This year they plan to have events held in June, July, and August. These events will be geared told young archers 10 years old and older. However, if you have younger children that seem to be interested in archery, you can stop by the Scheels store located in the Fox River Mall anytime during store hours to discuss options and have your child try shooting a bow. Associates will assist with getting you and your child setup in a shooting lane, work with you as time allows and can also fit your child with a proper bow size.
N2779 State Hwy 15 | Hortonville | (920)779-0922 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
1230 E Main Street | Omro | (920) 685-6869 | email@example.com
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. According to their website, they have youth archery leagues and youth memberships.
910 W Ryan Street | Brillion | (920) 756-5001
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
Places to purchase youth bows or get sized for a youth bow: