Archery expertise will be at youth's beck and call when the town-sponsored After School Archery Pilot Program debuts next spring.
Youths in grades four through 12 may participate in the program that will begin March 22 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range located at the Tonto Rim Sports Club south of Payson.
The class will meet for one hour each Tuesday for eight consecutive weeks.
"This program is the first of its kind in Arizona to be offered through a parks and recreation program," said Mary McMullen Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Payson. "It has been offered in the past only as part of the Youth Archery in Schools Program."
The curriculum will include archery techniques, history, safety, equipment knowledge, mental concentration and self-improvement techniques
Certified archery instructors Rich Ormand, Ed Niche, Dennis Harger, Mary Wolf and McMullen will teach the classes.
The five received additional archery training Nov. 19 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range from Denise Raum of the state game and fish department.
The upcoming youth classes will be co-sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The cost to participate is $30 per youth and class sizes will be limited to 20, or two classes of 10 entrants each.
"We will grow with instructor experience and additional programming opportunities," McMullen said.
Registration will be held Feb. 4 to March 7 at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. Call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext 358 for more information.