Cullman Parks and Recreation’s Archery Camp Teaches Children Tips and Tricks

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We learned the eleven steps to archery. I like shooting a lot and I usually do pretty good.”
Willa Smith, Archery Camper

CULLMANCullman Parks and Recreation held their first Archery Camp for the summer on June 29, 30, and June 1 for boys and girls ages 7 -14. Held at the Cullman Archery Park across from the Cullman Golf Course, the camp focused on archery skills as well as safety, wildlife education, games, and competitions. 

“Our three-day camp is more of a beginning camp, we just teach them the basics, going through the string bow process,” said Branch Whitlock, Instructor. “We work with the Genesis bows in the school programs and we really try to build them up for that program so they can go back to their schools and really get a jump on the archery programs and tryouts.”

“It’s a great way for kids to get involved in archery,” he continued. “Archery is something you can do for a lifetime. It’s something you can take with you forever. Handicap students and those with special needs all the way up to your most athletic children can really participate in archery. That is one reason we love the archery program.”

Not only did the campers shoot their bow and arrows during their stay, but they also listened to representatives from Vans Sporting Goods, who gave an archery presentation on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the group took a field trip to the JOAD Archery Jr. Olympic program at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex in Decatur. The children got to talk to some professional archers about some intricate details on how to shoot. The kids had a blast and learned a lot about the sport.

Not only did the campers shoot their bow and arrows during their stay, but they also got to listen to representatives from Vans Sporting Goods, who gave an interesting archery presentation on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the group took a field trip to the JOAD Archery Jr. Olympic program at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex in Decatur. The kids got to talk to professional archers about some intricate details on how to shoot. The kids had a blast and learned a lot about the sport.

“We like camp a lot,” said seven-year-old Willa Smith. “We learned the 11 steps to archery. I like shooting a lot, and I usually do pretty good,” she smiled.

“We shoot arrows,” smiled eight-year-old Ally Stewart. “So far it’s been okay. On the first day, we had to learn the string bows and at the end we got to shoot.”

“The camp was pretty good. I got a lot of stuff like a water bottle and some free stuff. I learned a lot or things and had fun the whole time,” said ten-year-old John Rhodes.

The Archery Camp taught the children to use their bow and arrows and introduced them to the world of archery; with hopes they will continue the sport as they grow older.

For more information about future archery camps, contact Cullman Parks and Recreation at 256-734-9157 or e-mail wharbison@cullmanrecreation.org.