Archery club gives 4H members unique opportunity to compete

Outlook managing editor
Courtesy photos. Members of the Carbon County 4H Archery Club and supporters pose with a 3D bighorn sheep target at the range. From the left are Tassin Tedeschi, Calvin Roorda, John Harwood, Gavin Thompson, Doug Reed, Mikeal Wilson, Nic Reed, Colton Whitney, Doug Whitney, Riley Tedeschi and Charlee Barns.
Taking aim at targets are Riley Tedeschi and Gavin Thompson.
Charlee Barns on the new archery range in Joliet. She is fortunate to be able to use the range which offers training opportunities beyond most facilities.
Nic Reed, Colton Whitney and Noah Salo use the new outdoor range to shoot at targets. Most ranges limit shooters to 10-meter distances indoors. The new range will prepare 4H members for national level competition.
Gavin Thompson and Riley Tedeschi check out an arrow in a 3D target of a wild pig.

It took five years, but the Carbon County Archery 4H Club was able to host an open house at its new facility Sept. 16, thanks to numerous donations, assistance from the town of Joliet and the tenaciousness of the 4H leaders who undertook the project in 2012, when they became certified archery instructors.

Organizational Leader, Doug Whitney and Greg Lebsack took the training to become certified with the goal of starting an archery program for 4H youth in Carbon County despite the drawbacks of having no resources, including equipment or facilities. 4H Club members who wanted to participate began by shooting with the Stillwater County 4H Archery Club.
Over the next couple of years, the Carbon County group finally began to shoot in Joliet, although their leaders still hoped to be able to build an outdoor range to allow members the opportunity to train for state and national competitions.
Thanks to the town of Joliet, the club secured a site in 2016. With grants, donations, and support from area businesses and individuals, the club has been able to exceed its goals and develop a first-class outdoor facility. Since then the number of participants has nearly doubled and the club hopes to host other clubs and competitions.
According to a release sent by Valerie Whitney, the club’s mission statement, “remains the development of leadership skills in the youth of Carbon County utilizing the discipline and mental concentration developed in competitive and recreational archery.”
With that in mind, leaders and club members raised funding and spent many hours working on the facility to add a field course; a FITA course, a form of target shooting competition used in international and world championship events, authorized by the Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc, the world governing body of the sport; and a 3D target course.
“4-H facilities like this are extremely rare as most clubs are limited to shooting 10-meters indoors, Whitney said in her release. “Unfortunately, 10-meter indoor shooting does not prepare kids for national level competition.”
Club members will now be tasked with maintaining the new outdoor range and hope to develop programs to benefit other regional 4H archery clubs.
A list of donors club organizers and members wish to thank for helping make the new range a reality will be posted on the Outlook’s Facebook site.


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