Archers take aim with Parks and Rec.

Elks Lodge do­na­tion al­lows youth pro­gram to be­gin at Re­cre­ation Cen­ter

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com @Dis­patchBrewer on Twit­ter

ONEIDA, N.Y. » Knock. Pull. Fire.

More than a dozen lo­cal youths joined the Oneida Parks and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment on Wed­nes­day evening to par­tic­i­pate in an in­tro­duc­tory archery course.

The course gave young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to learn proper safety pro­ce­dures and the var­i­ous parts of the bow and ar­row. Af­ter watch­ing a de­mon­stra­tion, the kids in at­ten­dance tried out their bow skills un­der the watch­ful eye of Parks and Re­cre­ation’s Luke Griff and Justin Acker.

“Don’t get frus­trated to­day if it doesn’t work right away,” Griff said.

Both Griff and Acker were ap­pre­cia­tive of the Oneida Elk’s Lodge do­na­tion of sev­eral sets of bows and ar­rows as it al­lowed Parks and Re­cre­ation to of­fer a new pro­gram to Oneida youths.

Later in the fall, Parks and Re­cre­ation will host a six week archery course for be­gin­ners, thanks in large part to the re­cent do­na­tion from the depart­ment’s neigh­bors across Cedar

Street. Re­cent re­cip­i­ents of a $2,000 grant from the Elks Na­tional Foun­da­tion, the Elks se­cured sev­eral sets of bows and ar­rows for the City of Oneida Parks and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment to be­gin a new com­mu­nity archery pro­gram.

Cour­ses in the fall will be di­vided into two dif­fer­ent age groups.

Chil­dren be­tween the ages of 8 and 13 will com­prise one group, while older stu­dents ages 14 and up will make up the other.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary to join.

Cour­ses will run Satur­days and Wed­nes­days from Satur­day, Oct. 7 and con­clude on Satur­day, Nov. 18.

For the younger age group, classes run 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Satur­days and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­days.

The older age group’s classes run 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Satur­days and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed­nes­days.

The price for the course, which be­gins in the Fall, is $50 per per­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact: jacker@onei­dac­ity.com.

JOHN BREWER — ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Oneida area young­sters take aim dur­ing an in­tro­duc­tory archery course of­fered by Oneida Parks and Re­cre­ation in­tro­duc­tory course at the Ar­mory.

JOHN BREWER — ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Sully Krol, of Oneida, read­ies to loose his ar­row dur­ing an in­tro­duc­tory archery course at the Ar­mory on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30.

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