Chan offers archery as an idea for youth to consider as the summer nears its end.
Written by GRACE CHAN / Published August 31, 2012
The light swoosh induces a satisfied emotion of achievement as an arrow zips through the air and hits the target board with a hard thud. Here at the Pasadena Roving Archers, learning to work a bow and arrow can be a simple and fun experience.
I came to Pasadena Roving Archers on a Saturday morning with a few of my friends, expecting to shoot horribly and not be able to do anything correctly. However, the instruction was simple and straightforward, allowing me and my friends to adjust to this new medium easily and effortlessly.
However, snagging a beginner’s class at the Pasadena Roving Archers required waking up early to grab a spot in line.
The beginner’s class for archery is free of cost, and consequently, is on very high demand. Classes are held every Saturday morning; however, there isn’t a way to secure your spot in a class unless you are up bright and early to stand in line. I was awake by 6:45 in the morning and in line by 7:20.
There are several volunteers who instruct the archery classes in groups of six to eight. Many of these instructors have been highly trained since their teen years and take archery seriously. My instructor, for example, has been training since junior high school and is now making her own bow and arrows.
The shooting arena is held in a dry, open space where several hay stacks are set up with target boards on them. Essentially, each group shoots at one hay stack. At the end of the group lessons, all beginner archers are called to the shooting range, where six hay stacks are set up in a row. As a fun wrap up to the classes, the instructor places balloons on the targets for everyone to shoot at. If you popped a balloon, the prize is a dollar bill stamped with the Roving Archers’ logo.
If you have completed the free beginner’s archery class, you could come back the next week for the intermediate class. The cost is only $5 per class.
In retrospect, the beginner’s classes at the Pasadena Roving Archers were fun and exciting. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable—no one got hurt during the duration of our lessons. If you are looking for inexpensive archery classes or just for a new daring experience, try the Pasadena Roving Archers down on South Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.