Elizabeth Leberge is all smiles after popping a prize balloon and winning a fishing rod and reel combo at the Elkford Rod and Gun Club’s Intro to Archery at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend. (Dylan Forsyth / Elkford Rod and Gun Club)

Elizabeth Leberge is all smiles after popping a prize balloon and winning a fishing rod and reel combo at the Elkford Rod and Gun Club’s Intro to Archery at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend. (Dylan Forsyth / Elkford Rod and Gun Club)

Elkford Rod and Gun Club hopes for fall return of regular youth archery programming

Regular youth archery programming was disrupted due to the pandemic

The Elkford Rod and Gun Club hopes to get their youth archery programming back to consistent levels by late fall, according to club vice president Dylan Forsyth.

“Before COVID times we had a consistent thing that was going on once or twice a week,” he said.

“We’re just trying to still get our volunteer opportunity set up for somebody that’s able to do it consistently.”

They have had a couple of ‘one-off’ afternoons where kids have come out, he said, but beyond that they haven’t been able to set up anything.

“We’re hoping to have our weekly shooting sessions scheduled for starting late this fall.”

There have been signs that there is interest in the region for such programming to return.

At Elkford’s ‘Winter in the Wild’ weekend in February, they had an intro to archery afternoon that drew around 107 participants in a three-hour window, Forsyth said,

Their volunteers were “absolutely inundated by people showing up wanting to participate,” and were “blown away by the participation levels.”

There might be one-off events in the spring and summer, but those are “pretty unofficial and loose” for now, Forsyth said.

“It’s just a matter of us being able to find a volunteer that is able to do it on a consistent basis.”

“We’re still working on that commitment.”

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