Bowcraft Overnight

Ages 11 to 14

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA

Includes wood, supplies, meals, and t-shirt

8/6/23 – 8/11/23

“This program allows young people to set a challenging goal -to make a bow and learn to use it- and then work hard until they have accomplished their goal. What a terrific way to spend a week!”

– Parent of 13-year-old camper

“My camper is very proud of the bow she made. I like most the independence and confidence my camper came away with. She had a powerful experience in which she now trusts herself better.”

– Mother of 13-year-old camper

Campers will spend an exciting week crafting and shooting their own bow! They’ll learn to build a wooden longbow from a board, use a knife and file, and develop traditional and instinctive archery skills. They’ll learn Ranger skills and experience awesome adventures off-trail. This camp is highly recommended for campers who enjoy focusing on a project and working with hand tools.

Campers will enjoy:

  • Making their own wooden longbows
  • Practicing shooting techniques
  • Developing instinctive shooting abilities
  • Building the keen senses and awareness of the Ranger
  • Learning the safe use of knives as tools
  • Pursuing fun adventures off-trail
  • Connecting with new friends!

Our instructional team features:

  • A 1:9 staff-student ratio
  • On-site director and volunteers who offer additional instructor support
  • Staff trained as Coyote Mentors, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School
  • Compassionate educators who encourage each child’s respect for self, others, and nature
  • Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals

Archery Equipment

Campers will have access to our archery equipment while making their own bows. By the end of the week, each camper will have a new wooden bow to take home.

We believe in cultivating independence, healthy risk-assessment skills, and social and emotional survival skills, and we believe that overnight camp is a great place to practice these things. We are used to working with children as they encounter new challenges at camp (such as homesickness, dark nights in the woods, physical discomfort, unfamiliar responsibilities, and new social situations), and we are honored to be a part of their lives in this exciting and sometimes challenging time. However, we admit that these challenges may not be appropriate for every camper. In particular, some children attending overnight camps may find themselves without some of the resources and routines that are vital to their well-being. Please consult with your child and use your best judgment about signing up for an overnight camp.

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