Archery is HOT in Chesterfield County!
The target archery scene in Chesterfield County continues to grow, and our archery program offerings are constantly expanding. From youth archery clubs to adult and seniors classes, there's an archery program to suit just about everyone! Most programs take place on our new instructional archery range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center (behind the campfire area). Scroll down for a complete list of courses, clubs and full program descriptions. Winter/spring registration begins Janauary 5th, 2015. Please call (804) 748-1623 or visit www.chesterfield.gov/parks and click the REGISTER NOW link to register for any of our archery programs using the course numbers below. Happy shooting!
Single Courses: Take a class, learn archery skills!
Introduction to Archery
Excited about archery?! Enjoy the fun of learning a new skill, from
stance to follow through, focusing on beginning form, safety, and
proper use of equipment. Learn the basics of archery on simple
compound bows which are adjustable to each individual’s strength
and draw length. The class focuses on group tournament-style target
archery and is taught by USA Archery certified instructors. For ages 8
and older, adults and families welcome. $20/person
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon
Jan. 24 Course 29618
Feb. 21 Course 29619
April 18 Course 29620
May 2 Course 29622
Sundays, 2-4 p.m.
Feb. 8 Course 29624
March 29 Course 29625
May 17 Course 29626
Adult Introduction to Archery
Learn the basics of this fun and rewarding sport, including rules,
safety and step by step shooting form for tournament-style target
archery with our adjustable compound bows that suit individuals of
all strengths and draw lengths. Unwind after work and discover a new
sport that will give you a lifetime of enjoyment! Minimum age is 18.
Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.-noon Course 29628
Tuesday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. Course 29629
Beyond the Basics: Level 1 - Archery Form Development
Formally listed as “Intermediate Archery,” this class is the first step in
a new series of continuing archery classes that will focus on form and
body mechanics for those continuing their development as beginning to intermediate archers. Students may choose from compound or
recurve style bows as they focus on achieving correct body alignment
and muscle memory for target shooting. For ages 8 and older, adults
and families welcome. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have
completed Chesterfield County’s “Introduction to Archery” course
within the past year or participated in an archery club in order to be
eligible for this program. $20/person
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon
March 7 Course 29632
May 16 Course 29633
Sundays, 2-4 p.m.
April 12 Course 29634
Beyond the Basics: Level 2 – Aiming and Scoring
Learn different aiming techniques for barebow, as well as how to use
a basic target sight and the importance of your sight picture. Play
some aiming games and end the session with a mini scoring round to
put your new found abilities to the test! All equipment is provided, or
you may use your own with instructor permission. PREREQUISITE:
Participants must have completed the Beyond the Basics: Level 1
course and/or the older Intermediate Archery course within the past
year, or participated in an archery club in order to be eligible for this
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-noon Course 29672
Beginning Bow Maintenance, Tuning and Accessories Join our archery instructors for this new class aimed at helping you become familiar with the equipment side of archery and how to keep your set-up in good shooting shape. You will learn about the tools and techniques of basic maintenance and small repairs, what to look for in optimizing your bow and arrows for accuracy, and the types of accessories you might need as your archery skills increase. Class is held inside the classroom at Rockwood Nature Center, no shooting will take place. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult. Thursday, Feb. 19 , 6-8 p.m. $15 Course 29689
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Adult Target Archery Club
What better way to unwind and kick off the weekend than by heading to the archery range after a long week of work? Join other adults for weekly target practice on our large outdoor range with distances ranging from 9 to 60 meters. Archers will have the opportunity to shoot and practice FITA style target archery and earn USA Archery achievement pins. All bow styles are welcome including compound (target or hunter style), barebow, traditional, Olympic recurve, and basic compound (Genesis or similar). Archers must have some prior archery experience and bring all their own equipment, targets and target faces will be provided or you may bring your own if you desire something different. The program will consist of informal practices as well as occasional games and scoring rounds. No formal instruction will be given, however coaches and other archers will be on hand to offer tips, advice and assistance. Work on honing your skills, earn some achievements, prepare for upcoming tournaments, or just come to have some fun with other archers. $80/person for 8 week program, ages 18 and up.
Fridays, April 24 to June 12
6pm-7:30pm Course #30032
After School Star Shooters Archery Club
During each class, participants will learn techniques, form and
rules for target archery, as well as try different types of bows
(compound and recurves), shoot archery games and perform drills
for becoming a better archer. Twice per season, kids will have
the opportunity to earn one of a series of rank patches based on
personal shooting scores to show off their new found abilities!
Bows and equipment are provided, or you may use your own with
instructor approval. At the end of the season, archers compete
in a fun members-only tournament where kids can pit their skills
against others in their age brackets to take home a trophy! New
students with no archery experience are welcome, but must
also register for the New Archery Club Member Introduction
class below. Instructors are USA Archery certified. Cost includes
equipment (if needed), patches, tournament medals and trophies.
For ages 8-16.
Winter Indoor Season
Crestwood Elementary School, 7600 Whittington Drive
Tuesdays, Jan. 20-March 10 (Tournament: March 17) $95
5:30-6:30 p.m. Course 29673 - FULL
7-8 p.m. Course 29674 - FULL
Spring Outdoor Season
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, April 16-June 4 (Tournament: June 6, tentative) $95
4-5 p.m. Course 29678
5:30-6:30 p.m. Course 29679
Homeschool Archery Club
The same format as the After-School Archery Club, but scheduled
at a convenient time for home schoolers and alternative-school
children. See the After School Archery Club description for more
details. Taught by certified USA Archery instructors, the cost
includes equipment, patches, tournament medals and trophies.
Tuesdays, April 14-June 2 (Tournament: Saturday, June 6, tentative)
11 a.m.-noon Course 29688
Youth Archery Club Introduction: Required for those that have not completed
an Introduction to Archery Course in the past year. Participants
must be registered for one of the archery club courses above in order to
register for this class.
Winter Season: Crestwood Elementary School, 7600 Whittington Drive
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. $10 Course 29685
Spring Season: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 2, 5:30-7 p.m. $10 Course 29686
*new archery club members who have already taken the county's "Introduction to Archery" class are exempt from taking the club's Archer Introduction pre-course.
Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club
The next step for youth archers who are experienced shooters and
are serious about taking their archery to the next level, JOAD is a
developmental program through USA Archery and open to youths ages
8-20. To be eligible to join the Golden Arrow Archers JOAD Club,
members must own their own bow, have completed at least two seasons
of the Chesterfield County After School Archery Club and be able to
shoot at the “Master” level for that club (they do not need to have earned
the patch, only be able to qualify for it). JOAD registration cost includes
any star pins earned and lanyard to hold them. Additional membership in
USA Archery (www.usaarchery.org) is highly recommended and required
to compete in sanctioned tournaments, but not required to initially join JOAD.
For detailed information about the JOAD program and team, visit the
club's website at: http://goldenarrowarchers.wix.com/joad
Winter Indoor Season: 10 weeks, $100/person
Crestwood Elementary School, 7600 Whittington Drive
Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
Spring Outdoor Season: 8 weeks, $80/person
JOAD Archery Field
Wednesdays, April 15-June 3, 1-2:30pm OR 5:30-7 p.m.
Archery Camp: Hot fun in the summer time!
Archery Camp - FULL
Has your child been bitten by the archery bug? Join our certified
NASP and ATA archery instructors for an exciting week focusing on all
things archery. We’ll start with an introductory session, so no previous
experience is needed and then progress through more advanced
programs and use different types of equipment as the week progresses.
We’ll also take some time to explore some of Virginia’s wild places.
For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road $140
June 22-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Course 29724
Details: Bob Smet, firstname.lastname@example.org or 745-8360
Other Archery Experiences:
Group Archery Instruction - Scouts, Private Schools, Birthday Parties, Team Building and more!
Do you have a group that's interested in having their own archery class? Our USA Archery certified instructors can set up a class to meet your needs, whether is be an office get together, working on an archery scout badge, or a child's birthday party. Suitable for 4 or more participants, ages 8 and up. Call Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information and pricing.
Private Archery Lessons and Coaching:
For archers seeking to learn the sport in a private setting or for those looking to improve their shooting forms, shoot in a tournament or overcome a problem, there's no better way than working one-on-one with a coach or instructor. Sessions are scheduled by appointment only for one or two individuals with one of our trained USA Archery instructors or coaches. Call Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information and pricing.