A division of Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association
The Parksville-Qualicum Fish and Game Association has an active archery club known as Arrowsmith Archers. The club is affiliated with the British Columbia Archery Association (BCAA) and is involved in the Junior Olympic program (JOP). The club welcomes archers of all ages, encourages family participation, and supports casual as well as competitive archers.
Nanoose Indoor Range
September to the end of May Archery meets on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 7pm & 7pm - 8pm in the gym of the Nanoose Pentecostal Camp, entrance via the back door (#414). The season runs from end of September until mid May indoors. During June, July and August archers are encouraged to use the outdoor range at either the Henry or Dorman Ranges.
The first drop in session is free, however after the first session, membership of the Parksville-Qualicum Fish and Game Club is required or drop in fees.
There is equipment to borrow on site for those just trying it out or for those needing to determine what bow and arrow size they should use. However, the equipment is shared with other new members and is usually only available for a short time. After this time, members usually purchase their own equipment as this allows them to compete, if they wish, as well as to develop their skills with consistent equipment, and to shoot at our outdoor facilities where club equipment is not available.
There are certified coaches on site to help develop basic archery skills as well as to help those who compete at higher levels.
Most archery nights involve target shooting, on 80cm, 60cm and 40cm targets, depending on skill level. We try to hold an indoor 3D shoot once per month, however this is not a set schedule. Safety and respect are the main priorities of this club. Of course there is lots of fun to be had, but proper protocol of shooting must be adhered to all times.
Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn at all times.
Dorman Range Archery
For our youth there is also an opportunity to join the BC Archery Association and to participate in the Junior Olympian Program (JOP).
Typically JOP archery is for ages 9 –18 years for both boys and girls, and most of our youth choose to participate in this program. Youth archers who join the BC Archery Association use the JOP categories, shooting rules, scoring system and can qualify for certificates of achievement at various levels as they develop their skills. Many compete in provincial indoor and outdoor championships.
We have had many of our youth archers place well in competitions both provincially and nationally. Parental involvement is required not only for scorekeeping, but also to help with the overall running of the club.