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Marine Discovery Center Launches Archery Camps For Kids

May 25th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Camp, MDC News

By Lisa D. Mickey

MDC Archery Summer Camp

Volusia County children will have a chance to take their best shots this summer when the Marine Discovery Center introduces two camps for archery.

The half-day camp sessions will be offered June 26-30, and July 10-14, from 9 a.m. to noon. A maximum of 10 campers may enroll in each session at a cost of $150 per camper.

The camps are offered to boys and girls, ages 8-12, with all equipment and instruction provided.

“Our partnership with Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network provides us with the equipment and training,” said Michelle West, co-instructor for the camps along with Logan Rohrbach, who are both Level 2 USA archery instructors.

MDC’s education department decided to hold archery-specific camps this summer following popular archery clinics last fall and earlier this spring. Archery was started as a summer camp activity at MDC several years ago by volunteers Bob and Linda Campbell and has grown in popularity by camp participants.

“It’s an activity to get kids outdoors and enjoying nature,” said West. “That’s the mission – to get kids outside boating, fishing, camping, hunting and participating in archery and shooting sports.

“Archery allows kids to learn a skill besides just technology-based entertainment,” added Rohrbach. “And it also can provide a feeling of satisfaction and a level of success for the kids who aren’t interested or active in sports that require a high level of fitness.”

Archery equipment is available for left-handed and right-handed participants and different bow sizes will be available at the camps. Bow tension also can be adjusted for each child’s ability level.

Children in the camps are supervised in five shooting lanes with a safety curtain positioned behind the 10-ring targets and a berm in place behind the curtain.

Camp participants participate in a variety of games and activities to help them develop shooting skills. They also can earn badges for learning specific archery skills.

“They compete against each other in the games, but we want it to feel like summer camp, not archery boot camp,” said Rohrbach.

Kids only need to bring a snack, water and sun protection to the summer camps.

“And a sense of adventure,” added West.

For more information about the camps, contact the education office at 386-428-3310.