Archery has been everywhere in the movies (“The Hunger Games,” “Brave,” “The Avengers”), and it seemed to play a role in many Christmas presents this year as well.
I saw on Facebook many families who gave archery equipment or lessons for the holiday. My nephew got some kid-friendly archery equipment and target for his backyard, and my son got an intro lesson at an archery range to see if he likes it.
Walsh had been begging for lessons so we gave him one for Christmas. We went last weekend to a local archery range to try it out. There were about eight kids (some were big guys like 18) learning with him. They spent a lot of time talking about safety explaining where you are supposed to hold the bow when waiting, how and when to retrieve your arrows so you don’t get shot. (They all had to set their bows down on a platform before they could cross the line to retrieve arrows.)
He wasn’t as excited about archery after the lesson as before. I think it was harder than he thought. Also, there was a lot to remember to do, such as hand placement and not pulling the arrow past the corner of your mouth. The instructor said she gave him a larger bow that he would grow into but maybe he needed a slightly smaller bow. I also think he was disheartened when the older kids (the class was an 8 to 18) were actually hitting the targets. We had to tell him they were much older and some even brought their own equipment indicating they had tried it before.
I think he thought he was going to walk in and be hitting targets like the girl from “Brave” riding her horse through the woods. He didn’t do badly but he’s hard on himself. I hope he will go back and keep trying – maybe with a smaller bow.
Looking over several Atlanta-based websites, it looks like lessons run between $20 to $25 for an hour with an instructor (comparable with piano or singing lessons). But once you know what you’re doing you can get range time just to shoot for much less. I think it was about $8 an hour at our local place, but you had to have your own equipment for that price.
When searching archery lesson in Atlanta I found a bunch of places. A friend told me her girls took out in Snellville and really loved it. I assume it was the Archery Learning Center in Snellville.
The Archer website listed 11 clubs around Georgia will several in the Atlanta metro area including Canton, Cartersville, Covington, Cumming, McDonough.
So there seems to be lots of options around metro Atlanta if your child does want lessons.
So was archery a part of your holiday giving? Did you give lessons or equipment? Does your child want to give archery a try? Which of these archery ranges have you been to? Which ones can you recommend to the other parents?