Archery is a sport where you use a bow to shoot arrows at a target. Historians know it as one of the oldest human activities with arrowheads found that are more than 50,000 years old! Our modern Rockbrook camp girls learn about all aspects of archery, including: safety procedures, specialty equipment, and archery shooting techniques at our archery range.
Archery for Girls
From the very beginning, archery has been one of the most popular sports for the girls at Rockbrook.
The Rockbrook archery range accommodates multiple shooters, allows for different shooting lines, and uses modern foam core targets on stands.
The girls select bows based on their size and experience, beginning with short fiberglass bows that can pulled easily, to full-sized wood-laminate recurved bows with higher draw weights.
Learning Archery at Camp
Never tried archery before? Don’t worry! Even the youngest girls can learn to shoot at Rockbrook. We have the right sized equipment for every sized camper.
Following important safety rules, learn how to nock your arrow, smoothly pull back (or draw) your bow, and gently release to make a perfect shot.
The Rockbrook archery instructors are certified and keen to help you improve your archer’s skills.
Hit a Bullseye!
It might be hard to even hit the target at first, but with practice your technique will improve and you’ll begin landing arrows in the middle of the target.
If your arrow does hit the center circle of the target, that’s a bullseye! You have now joined the acclaimed Rockbrook “Bullseye Club.”
The challenge and reward of target shooting add up to a lot of fun and excitement at archery.
Summer Camp Archery
Certified instructors teach campers about protective gear like the “bracer” or “arm guard,” as well as the “tab” or “finger guard.” Girls also spend time learning about bows and the parts of the arrow like the “fletching.” Next, they spend time focusing on standard form and shooting techniques – particularly how to aim!
How old do you have to be to try archery? Well, at Rockbrook, we provide special bows that are easier to pull and shorter arrows to match these smaller bows for smaller (and our youngest!) girls. We can also move the shooting line much closer to the target, so our littlest campers can try out their skills with encouraging results to start with.
One exciting goal is to aim for and hit the most challenging part of the target – a bullseye. With practice, girls can hit multiple bullseyes! Getting a bullseye means that your name is announced in the dining hall because you are now a part of the RBC Bullseye Club.
The girls also have fun playing different archery games like shooting balloons full of paint. When shot and the balloons pop, they make really cool colorful splatters. It’s always a lot of fun to practice your shooting technique at the RBC range.