Take a moment out of your crazy day, close your eyes, clear your mind, and picture yourself or your child at our archery range. What are the first thoughts that come to mind? Possibly…dread of never hitting the target, or feelings of joy and excitement or maybe all you image is Katniss Everdeen. Now remove all your preconceived notions from your mind and remember this fact.
Not only is archery fun but it also teach useful life skills so it doesn’t matter if the target it missed. There are numerous important skills that can be learned from archery however we are going to discuss three of them.
1. Creativity and Imagination – Our archery range isn’t any ordinary place. It is a place where heroes live, where the helpless receive aid, and where dinosaurs roam. Be on the look out for Raptors and if any are seen scaling the 10,000 watt electric fence then use the jeep as a get away or use archery to save yourself. This place where dinosaurs roam is called Jurassic Island and is modeled after the story of Jurassic Park. The story can get as elaborate or as simple as the participants want. The sky and the imaginations of the participants are the only limits.
2. Concentrations or Focused Attention – Pretend the arrow is already loaded on the bow. Although most of the time that process only takes a few seconds it also takes concentration. Loaded bow is ready to fire however there are more steps that take concentration. Breath in, breath out, aim and if luck is with you, you can fire. It sounds simple enough however there are several factors that take complete attention. Such as keeping both the bow and arrow steady, aiming, and firing without being distracted by any elements (aka other people, the wind, your arrow slipping from the bow) around you. It is much more difficult than it sounds.
3. Determination and patience – Archery is a sport that takes time and practice. The more practice given to this sport the better and more accurate the arrows fly. Determination and patience are needed to make successful improvements.
At the end of the day participants leave the archery range with more refined skills, a feeling of accomplishment, and wonderful memories of a great time at Catalina Sea Camp.