That sobriety, Amador said, is why they’ve never had to enact their finely tuned crisis plan for target sports injuries. There’s plenty of time for goofing off and acting silly at camp, but the range is not the place.
Everyone waits their turn, waits for rangemaster instructions, and learns to meticulously load, position, and aim their pellets, arrows, and axes. Eager, bouncy kids—the recommended age for target sports is 7 and up or with parents—have to follow the same safety protocols as adults. It’s a chance to practice self-control and awareness of their surroundings. Target sports require focus.
Drayton Bodner, 6, was ready to focus when he lined up with the Sericano kids on the platform at Family Camp. Most of his first shots ended up in the dirt, and his dad had to help him draw the bow. But Bodner wasn’t deterred, he loves archery, and he knows it’s all about practice.
“Sometimes I get a bullseye and I feel happy,” Bodner said.
“But I had to work at it.”