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Archery Apprenticeship

9-Month Archery Training Program

Does your child want to train in archery skills and stealth with our Rangers Guild?  We have several options to train year round and take your child's accuracy, form, and technique to the next level.

A Year of Archery Training

Join the ranks of the Archery Rangers! This apprenticeship program takes youth and teens on a journey through the many worlds of archery. We train with the traditional wood bow of our Rangers Guild and also use modern laminate, recurve, compound, longbow, and more. 

Apprentices attend a training field-day one monthly Saturday from September to May. They spend time in our Guild Hall crafting their kit and get time at the range with expert mentors in archery. Check out the class schedule below.

Become part of an elite team immersed in the following studies:


Accuracy and Form Our craft includes target archery in our indoor range and at local outdoor ranges.  We loose arrows from a line and 3D ranges, along with a traditional woodland styles, such as from a knee, crouched in a bush, or on the move.

The Bow and the Arrow Your bow and your arrow become an extension of the self. Experience the care and respect that comes with the discipline and philosophy that encompasses being an Archery Ranger.

Stealth Archery Learn wilderness camouflage, invisibility, and the flow of the forest in order to stealthily move within it. Glean the forest and its inhabitants as our hunter ancestors once did.

TrackersCraft At Trackers we teach many types of forest craft. As an Archery Ranger, these skills include how to harvest and make your own bow, arrows, and even bowstrings. Other crafts learned in this apprenticeship may include basic knife use, fire creation, feather processing and care, quiver making, and natural cordage.

How it works

Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month, apprentices train in the field at our epic outdoor locations with expert mentors.

8 Field Days + Community Events One Saturday a month. See below for class schedule.

Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount. Full program tuition is $1,400. Includes: 8 field day Saturdays, Graduation family field day, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, and access to our weekly family Skills Night.

This program comes with...

  • One year of our Archery Apprenticeship Program
  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly weekend single training days
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers
  • Rangers Guild t-shirt to represent your Apprenticeship

2017-18 Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month, beginning in September and running through our Graduation celebration in June. Please check your availability on these dates carefully, as we are unable to switch days between schedules or provide credit for missed program days after enrollment.  

Archery Apprentice:

Grade 4-9: Schedule A*

  • September 16, 2017 Field Day
  • October 7, 2017 Field Day
  • November 4, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 13, 2018 Field Day
  • February 3, 2018 Field Day
  • March 3, 2018 Field Day
  • March 24, 2018 Field Day
  • May 5, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation
*Schedules B and C not available for this program.

Registration Policy Information

Download our 2017-2018 Information and Pricing Sheet

Tuition

2017-18 program tuition is $1,400. Includes: 8 field day Saturdays, Graduation family field day, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, and Mora knife. Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2017 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. Tuition is divided into nine equal payments which will be charged on the first of the month from September through May. A 5% discount will be applied for tuition paid in full by August 15, 2017.  

Please note that registrations are for the entirety of the program; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need. Please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need; please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Please carefully look at the calendar dates above and weigh well if this is a commitment that fits with your family's schedule and needs. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals from apprenticeship programs, a withdrawal fee equal to one monthly payment will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.
  • We cannot offer credit for program days due to illness, family vacations, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions Archery Apprenticeship

Click to expand answers to any of the below questions. For additional questions not answered here, please contact us.

Does this program require prior experience? or, What if my child has studied these skills before?

No! In fact, our Archery Apprenticeship works best with varying levels of experience and relies on in-program mentorship. Similar to a martial arts dojo, more advanced students are occasionally charged to help teach a skill to beginning students. With oversight from a guild mentor, this proven method helps creates a true learning community. Teaching skills to another student is the best way to cement knowlege and reach mastry.

How much time commitment will my child need to give to independent study?

This is up to you. This time spent training away from mentors is purposeful carries an equal importance to the guided training. The primary goal of this training is self-sufficiency and competency. It is up to the apprentice and their family how much time is spent. We encourage 2+ hours a week of personal study. Any additional time spent is greatly encouraged.

What does my child get out of this? Do they become an awesome outdoors person?

Yes, and more. The Rangers Guild is about cultivating personal accountability within the larger community. "Survival" skills entail trusting your well-being to knowledge, awareness, and respect in the out-of-doors. This is not disciplined study simply for self-discipline sake. Instead, it is about profound experience that cultivates a richer competency within the world we inhabit.

What am I getting my child and our family into?

Trackers offers really "fun" camps. We are often touted as one of the best out there. The Archery Apprenticeship is something that goes beyond that one week experience. At Trackers, we have a very deep well of outdoor skill sets that require intensive training and long-term apprenticeship. The depth of the training is akin to - and in many respects is more encompassing than - a martial art. Training here will exceed anything found in most "scouting" programs. It requires great focus and diligence on your child's part. We also believe such rigorous study in nature based skills actually enhances academic and physical capacities. The ecological thinking inherent in animal tracking fosters an incredibly functional breadth in puzzling together systems and exactly how the world "works". The calm focus and diligence required for outdoor survival skills offers real world experience in humility, patience and thoughtful long-term planning. Our Curriculum of Shadows builds an incredible depth of awareness for both details and flow.

What is the role of program mentors?

Program mentors are the best of Trackers instructors and representative of the Rangers Guild. They are coordinators and developers of all logistics and curriculum in our field days. During the program, they introduce skills from the Rangers Guild Basics, providing ample foundation for your child to practice during independent study. They also tailor their curriculum and mentoring to each individual student, taking those experienced students farther and helping them grow their skills. They are checking in consistently with where students are at with both the basics and also their feeling and well-being in the program. They are often a phone call away when your family has a question about a skill, best places to train, or how your child is doing in the program.