Until recently, the sport of archery was relegated to the arena of nerdy gym-class alternative. These days, however, one of the world's oldest sports is suddenly popular and downright hip, thanks to some pop culture heroes and heroines. With characters such as Katniss in The Hunger Games and Hawkeye in The Avengers wielding a bow and arrow, more New Jersey kids are looking to give archery a try. Here are five schools in NJ that parents can "target". For even more great classes for kids, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide.
X-Ring Archers School of Archery, Lambertville, NJ
X-Ring Archers is the first and oldest school of archery in New Jersey. It is owned and operated by Jon C. Bach, a national champion archer. X-Ring Archers offers beginner and advanced archery classes for kids as young as 7 years old. Beginner classes are limited to 14 students and consist of 9 week sessions. The curriculum introduces students to safety, form, shot sequence and focus. Equipment is provided for all beginners. The school also offers private and semi-private lessons. For more information, call 908-399-9757.
The New Jersey School of Archery, Florham Park
New Jersey School of Archery offers classes to all levels and age groups. Classes are taught by Olympic-level coaches, and the school is affiliated with the national JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) program. Equipment is provided to all beginners and there are both indoor and outdoor ranges in which lessons are held. Enrollment is running, so new students can sign up at any time. Competitions are also offered. Visit schoolofarchery.com for more information.
Wa-Xo-Be, Monmouth Junction
Wa-Xo-Be is the largest private archery club in New Jersey. Archers of all skill levels are members. Wa-Xo-Be offers Friday Night Introduction to Archery for those interested in trying the sport for the first time. For a small fee, new archers, ages 8 and up, will be under the supervision of a qualified instructor who will teach the necessary skills to make their archery experience a safe and enjoyable one. It’s a great way to get a taste of the sport of archery! Wa-Xo-Be also offers classes and training programs for all levels. Call 732-355-1717 for additional information.
Targeteers Academy, Saddle Brook
Targeteers Archery is the state’s “premier” archery store. They have been in business for over 50 years, offering merchandise as well as adult/youth leagues and lessons. Lessons are private and include equipment, range time and professional instruction. Birthday party and summer camp options are also available. Call them at (201) 843-7788 for more information.
The Heritage Guild, Branchburg
The Heritage Guild offers a beginner archery course for kids ages 8 and older. This two hour class teaches all of the fundamentals necessary to handle and shoot a bow safely. All equipment for the course is provided. Upon completion of the class, a Certificate of Completion is awarded, allowing the student to have access to Heritage Guild archery ranges. Intermediate archery as well as beginner crossbow classes are also available. For more information call 908-429-9500.
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Originally published 2012