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2018 Archery Events

--Subject to Change--  Check out our events pictures!  GROUPS/SCOUTS:  CONTACT US to schedule.
"CHECK CALENDAR" for planned dates for 2018.  Register early to avoid class cancellations.  See registration section of this web page for forms (registration, club waiver & USA Archery waiver)
Explore Archery; 6 week program:  Dates:  May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Fridays rain or shine)
Time: 5:30 p.m. start, runs ~1.5 - 2 hours + clean up
Session ID: EA18-01
Includes official earned tags (see photo), club patch, participation certificate/card:  $120/person. 
Classes are first-come, first served and MUST be post-marked by MAY 7 to receive this rate. A late fee of $15 will be added if there are still slots available and arrangements are made to receive registrations after this post marked date.
What is Explore Archery? Explore Archery is a program to learn the basics of archery, earn cool awards and have fun with games planned into the curriculum.  Archers learn safety, form, shot execution, scoring and equipment while splattering paint for art, playing nock-tac-toe with arrows, and have fun making a mess.  
Participants earn colorful metal tags from USA Archery (included).  Participants also get a custom club patch, program backpack and learning materials.  No equipment needed - all available for use by the program.  Learn on compound and recurve bows.
BRING:  water bottle, closed toe shoes, no loose clothing or jewelry, hair tie as needed.
* ADVANCED EXPLORE ARCHERY - Already taken Explore Archery or have experience and looking to enhance skills?  This 6 week program is TBD pending interest, and theme based.
* Introduction to Archery dates:  APRIL 14 (IA18-01) 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., and JUNE 2 (IA18-02) (rain or shine)  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.,  $15/person.  Never tried archery?  Haven't tried in years?  We have everything to have you hitting targets in no time, and safely.
* Skills Clinic/Open Shoot - Already taken Intro to Archery or Explore Archery?  Just want to shoot arrows and get some coaching?  This (these) sessions are for you (pre-registration required)!  $15/person.   Dates/Times (Codes): 

  • MARCH 20, 6-7:30  (Sk18-01)
  • APRIL 17, 6-7:30  (Sk18-02)
  • MAY 11, 6-7:30  (Sk18-03)
  • JUNE 2, 2-4 (Sk18-04)
  • JULY 14, 9-11  (Sk18-05)
  • AUGUST 11, 9-11  (Sk18-06)
  • SEPTEMBER 8, 9-11  (Sk18-07)

* 3d Events (CHANGES in DATES BELOW!!) - Hold the dates!  

  • MARCH 24, field range, 2d & 3d
  • JUNE 23, 8 a.m. for kids' instruction/fitting, 9 a.m for club participants
  • AUGUST 25, 2d & 3d in archery woods
  • OCTOBER 14 - ZOMBIE SHOOT @ field archery training range

* Planning (TBD):  virtual tournaments, field trips, open house
* USA ARCHERY Level 1 certification dates ($120/person): 
MAY 26, 7:30 - 4 (L118-01) - POSTMARK registration packages by MAY 7
SEPTEMBER 29, 7:30 - 4 (L118-02) - POSTMARK registration packages by SEPTEMBER 10

ARCHERY Registration and LATE FEES

NOTICE:  To ensure slots and adequate materials for all students, preregistration is REQUIRED!  Schedule subject to change based on enrollment.
Use link above and complete registration form and both waivers and mail with payment at least 2 weeks prior to class start (email any concerns), to address on registration form. (Exception:  Certification classes require longer lead time.)  

  • Introduction to Archery and Clinics:  $5/person if space available.
  • EXPLORE ARCHERY:  $15/person if space available.
  • Level 1 Class:  $25 if space available and time to order/receive instructional materials.

2018 Schedule is now posted.  Groups:  contact us to schedule specific events.

Join Our USA Archery Club @ MAC IWLA

We are an Explore Archery club and soon an Adult Archery club through USA Archery, hosted by the Mt. Airy Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.
Join USA Archery and remember to affiliate with "Mt. Airy Straight Shooters."

Archery Registration Information

Mount Airy Straight Shooters (MASS)


We are an official USA Archery "Explore Archery" program.  No equipment needed to sign up for and take classes for ages 8 and up!  We provide the same equipment as used in the "National Archery in the Schools Program" (NASP - compound bows) and Olympic archery (recurve bows).

--->Registration & Participation Forms (click on links below):

  1. Guest Release Form (MAC IWLA)
  2. Liability Waver (USA Archery)
  3. And event registration form (range rules are located on the back page)
  4. Mail forms with payment to:  Archery; P.O.Box 951; Mt. Airy, MD 21771  Must be received at least a week prior to the scheduled class or event to secure a slot and ensure the class runs.

Classes and events are posted on the calendar once available.  Generally we prefer a minimum of 5 for a class to run, and no more than 15 with two instructors present.  Contact us to discuss possible exceptions.

Class types include: 

  • Scouting* & Community groups
  • Introduction to Archery
  • Explore Archery - 6 week Skill Building sessions with games and rewards
  • Intermediate coaching style classes
  • Club style group classes by skill level
  • Introduction to Bow Hunting
  • and eventually - league type competitions and event hosting

We provide:

  • Bows (standard National Archery in the Schools <NASP> and Junior Olympic Archery <JOAD> equipment)
  • Arrows (standard NASP, Easton 1820 aluminum)
  • Targets
  • Arm and Finger guards
  • Instruction by USA Archery certified instructors with background checks
  • Beautiful facilities at Izaak Walton League with mission focus on the outdoors
  • Certificates of accomplishment (optional); Custom patches ($3 value)
  • Customized classes to fulfill scouting badge requirements or other needs

You'll need:

  • Closed toe shoes, appropriate for the activity
  • Clothing appropriate for activity (preferrably nothing loose or baggy)
  • Leave dangly jewelry, lanyards, clothing at home
  • Water bottle (water bottles may be available for small fee)
  • Parent/guardian if under 18 (or troop/group leader with appropriate permission slips)
  • To be ready to have fun!

*Girl Scouts (GSCNC):  we meet your guidelines & some of us are also Girl Scouts!  We are also on the Council approved vendor list.  Boy Scout approved trainer.
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