Last week we stopped by Lancaster Archery Academy so my daughter Zoe could take their "Discover Archery" class. This little lady has been talking about shooting a real bow and arrow for as long as I can remember. I suspect the Disney movie "Brave" largely played a roll in this obsession.
Well, last Christmas my parents got her a gift card so she could try it out and see if she would enjoy it. She did, immensely! Our next trip will probably include a stop upstairs in the pro shop to buy her first bow. Check out these clips from her class below...
A bit about Lancaster Archery Supply
I first discovered Lancaster Archery Academy a few years ago while capturing the shop's official Google Street View. I had driven by the place for years, but had never stopped in to see what it was all about. The shop and Academy are located on the Old Philadelphia Pike just a mile east of Route 30 behind King's Kreamery (a nice spot for Ice Cream after the range, just sayin). When I finally stepped into the building it was amazing.
Lancaster Archery Academy is located on the first floor, while the Pro Shop is located on the second floor (both are handi-accessible). The large range and seating allow the academy to host a variety of large groups and events throughout the year. There's even a separate building with a second range for the really big crowds. A few other interesting activities of note include their TECHNOhunt video archery range and their Tag Archery parties.
Meanwhile, the friendly staff in the pro shop upstairs have a little bit of everything you might possibly need for archery, as well as a service desk to maintain and/or repair your equipment. While they are a local company, thanks in part to online sales, they have become a well-recognized face in the archery industry nationwide.
Classes at the Academy
The Discover Archery class was a great introduction to the sport. Before the class Zoe had never held a bow before. The instructors were very helpful, friendly, and patient. There were two other children in the class that were a little bit younger than her and everyone seemed to be learning and enjoying themselves.
They began the class with a simple introduction to range safety. Then they introduced them to their bows and the fundamentals on how to shoot. For a first timer I thought she did pretty well, only one of the arrows didn't stick in the target and none of them missed completely. Later in the class they gave a few more pointers on aiming and switched from classic targets to balloons to make it a bit more challenging ... and ultimately more fun.
Discover Archery is just the first step. The Academy offers a variety of other classes from beginner level all the way up to competitive coaching. Now that she's completed the Discover Archery class we can head back for some per hour range time. The pricing for range time and equipment rental is very affordable. We will definitely be going back!