One of my favorite things to do at Girl Scout camp when I was a girl was the bow and arrow target practice. I naturally did very well with it and I found it to be a lot of fun with a little bit of competition mixed in. I never shot a bow outside of the camp environment, but I love reminiscing of those experiences.
Now that the girls are a bit older, we're trying to get them involved in a wider variety of outdoor activities to help keep them connected to nature. We've been talking about taking them to shoot a bow and arrow for a while now.It's a great activity for improving hand-eye coordination, balance, focus, discipline and patience – all great skills for kids!
When Genesis Bows asked us if we'd like to build a bow on their website, we jumped at the chance. I had the girls sit down and look at the styles with me. There are 13 different finishes you can choose from for your Genesis Bow – we landed on the Pink Camo. It's girly, but not too girly. I love how you can customize the Genesis bow so the child really feels like it's theirs. Genesis compound bows are great for kids of all ages and it's the ideal introduction bow to the sport of archery. It has a draw length of 15” to 30”, so everyone in the family can use the bow and kids can't outgrow it. I love that because I feel like my girls are constantly outgrowing everything! Since it's a compound bow, your kids also won't develop bad habits that can be caused by using a bow that isn't fitted properly. We chose the Genesis Original bow. It's the official bow of the National Archery in the Schools (NASP®), and it's used in more than 13,000 schools by over 2 million youth across the U.S. each year. Founded in 2002, NASP has made the sport or archery fun, engaging and extremely safe with a zero archery-related injury record. Safety is very important to me, so knowing this fact made me feel really great.
I love that we have a new activity we can do with the girls. It takes more strength to draw back then they were expecting, so we're going to have to do some muscle building, but I see lots of fun in our future. When the snow melts, we'll take it out into the designated shooting areas to give it a lot more use. Be sure to check with your city and county ordinances to make sure you're shooting your bow in an approved area.
My goofball Kaylee thought it was hilarious to play air guitar with the Genesis bow when we were finishing up for the day (please don't let your kids do this while they have an arrow). If you're looking for a great gift idea for your child this year, consider a Genesis bow. All 3 models – The Genesis Original, Mini and Gen-X – can be customized using the Build-a-Bow tool on the Genesis bow website. You can also choose kits that include a target (with two sides shown below), arrows with quiver and a wrist guard.
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One Happy Mothering reader will win a Genesis Bow to gift to their child this holiday season! The giveaway runs through December 4, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Please enter through the form below. US entries only. Good luck!