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Archery

Archery is offered throughout the fall, winter and spring. All activities, except for a few travel team matches, take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, CT, or at Cuno Camp, also located in Meriden. Youth ages 9 & up can come down to shoot for the fun of it or for competition.

Beginner Lessons

Youth must take a beginner’s lesson if they haven't shot at the Club or at Cuno Camp before. Lessons are offered by appointment throughout the year. Contact Dominic for a lesson.

General Shooting

Youth can come down to shoot for practice, to work on their technique, or just for the fun of it. Archers will receive instruction. General shooting is held Thursdays and Fridays during the fall, winter and spring. Contact archery@bgcmeriden.org for further information.

Program Fees

With the exception of beginner lessons, all Archery Programs require youth become a member first.

  • $50 for unlimited shooting throughout either the fall, winter or spring season. Note: Archery League members have priority for shooting times during the winter.
  • $50 for the Winter Archery League. Allows members to shoot from mid-November through the end of the season, usually mid-March.

Archery League

During the winter months, archers ages 9 and up can join our archery league and compete against teams composed of other Boys & Girls Club members. Archers can shoot for their team during regular shooting times. Awards are given to the championship team, leagues’ top shooters, and each team’s top shooters. Archers need only shoot once a week for about 50 minutes, although they can shoot longer if time permits.

  • Registration is open September 13 – October 15, 2021
  • Session runs November 4, 2021 – March 19, 2022
  • Held on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays

Tournaments

Archers with a ranking of blue or higher can shoot against other archers to earn awards. Archers can shoot during any of the drop-in shooting times. Targets and other objects designed to challenge their skills are shot during a one-hour time slot. Awards are given to the top archers in each ranking level. Advance registration is highly recommended, and a small fee may be charged.

Carnival Shoots

Fun and challenging events such as balloon popping and knocking over plastic bottles are held during drop-in shooting a few times a year. Advance registration is highly recommended and a small fee may be charged.

Travel Team

Youth in 6th grade or higher with a minimum of a yellow rank may choose to join the travel team. The travel team competes against other local archery clubs in home and away matches. For further information contact archery@bgcmeriden.org.

Boys & Girls Club Rankings

While shooting for the “bull’s-eye,” young archers can work on their Boys & Girls Club ranking. The Club’s 13-level ranking system is designed to help archers gauge their skill level and have a goal for which to strive. Each archer will receive a certificate upon completion of each ranking session in which they achieve either the same rank or a higher one.

Archery Shooting by Appointment

Appointments are recommended, and are on a first-come, first-served basis. All sessions are for ages 9 – 18.

Below are the times offered during the winter when the league is in full session. Fall and spring schedules will be different.

  • Thursday: 3:10, 4:00, 4:50, 6:10 or 7 PM
  • Friday: 4:50, 6:10 or 7 PM
  • Saturday: 9:10, 10:00 or 10:50 AM

Contact Dominic to make an appointment.

For Further Information

All Club archery programs are taught by Sr. Program Director Dominic Pereyo, a CT State Certified Archery Instructor and a US Level 2 Archery Coach. Dominic has been teaching archery at the Club and Cuno Camp for over 20 years and has a sincere passion for the sport and teaching it to youth.

Contact Dominic Pereyo at dominicpereyo@bgcmeriden.org or 203.235.8185.