Three Ways to Get Kids Interested in Archery

Toy bows and youth models make great gifts and can get young archers hooked on the sport for life.

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A young archer can learn the value of patience, practice, and the importance of safety in the field.Adventure Awaits!

It doesn’t take much to get kids interested archery. In most cases, they just need a suitable bow in their hands, a bit of safety and aiming instruction, and the room to exercise their energy and imagination. Depending on a child’s age, you can start them off with the tried-and-true suction-cup arrows or with a genuine bow capable of sinking field tips into a real target at five to ten yards. Wherever they start, be sure to emphasize safety first as you introduce them to the joys of a lifetime sport.

A Bow Like Dad’s

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Genesis kits are the official bow-and-arrow products of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).Genesis Bows

A youth compound bow in the 10- to 20-pound draw weight can accommodate a wide range of draw lengths. That is, the bow can grow with a beginning archer for several years before needing to upgrade.

The Toy Bow

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A toy archery setup is perfect for safely getting someone interested in the sport.GoBroBrand

For the youngest archers, a toy bow with suction-tipped arrows is a great way to promote safety awareness, eye-hand coordination, and an appreciation for practicing any skill. The hours spent plinking with such a toy can instill a love of archery that lasts a lifetime.

Traditional Spirit

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A bow two-pack makes a terrific birthday gift.Adventure Awaits!

Traditional wooden bows summon the sense of adventure in children. An appreciation for the graceful shape of a recurve or longbow is intuitive in people of all ages and instills the urge to brace an arrow and let one fly.