Archery - Sylvan Lake (Jeff & Carol's farm)

March 16, 2013, -14 Celsius before lunch with strong winds, but it got a bit warmer.  

For March we focused on outdoor activities and safety. A new collogue at work wanted to try out some archery in the outdoors.  See what the hunting experience might be like. We contacted our old scouter friend Jeff Bondy and he invited us out to his farm. So the boys took in a couple activity nights training on archery and the safety behind it. Also took on the challenge of building some targets to minimize us loosing arrows. The day before the event Jeff called and indicated he and his wife had volunteered to clean up their chapel, so we adjusted our day and the scouts joined in on the cleanup event. 

The weather forecasts for our approaching event  had Vladimir a bit concerned. With out experience we usually didn't let that bother us too much. After all, the weather changes so fast around here it may just end up a beautify day. (see the last camp). So we sucked it up and moved ahead. Drive out was nice. We followed our maps and got to the Chapel no problems. Everyone pitched in and the vacuuming etc. was all done within an hour. 

We headed off to Jeff's farm and then he suggested a place just past a tree stand and close to a set of hay bales. It was a bit nippy with the wind, but we persevered.  Only lost a couple arrows.  We all headed back for lunch. Carol had the fire place roaring and it was so warm coming into the house. She showed us her bedding plants she was starting for their flower business.  She got the boys to build up her wood pile in the house with wood from the barn.  Carol was baking us a large chocolate cake in the oven and she indicated it should be ready once we got back from our next outing. So after lunch we headed back. The wind had died down a bit and it was a lot more tolerable. Daniel was determined to get the 60lb bow pulled back to the soft spot. and we only need to help him with a slight bit of support. RJ seems to be a natural.  Poor Ethan was left eye dominant so the bow alignment wasn't working out for him. Nat was determine enough and got better with his shots.  The whole compound bow thing is a trickier than it looks, but we are all more experienced now and better for it. 

Got back to that wonderful chocolate cake. Jeff got his dogs to show off some of their cool tricks. Then after thanking our hosts we headed back home. 


Farm Site Area Map
Lesson Materials

Team Members

Karl Burndorfer, Kendall Cahoon - Scout Leaders
Ethan Conrad. R.J. Laigo, Jacob Kellestine, Nathaniel Wilshire - Scouts
Daniel Urquijo - Venturer. 
Jeff and Carol Bondy with Molly and Nella their dogs - Hosts and past scouting leaders
Vladimir and daughter Natasha - Friends from work


All - Make Targets
All - Clear Red Deer Chapel

Photo Library 

Prep Night - targets

IMG_1997.JPG (2658694 bytes) So this should be thick enough, right IMG_1998.JPG (1996151 bytes) and cut off the ends.  IMG_1999.JPG (2087612 bytes) Twisting up the wire nice and tight. IMG_2001.JPG (2848069 bytes) OK, I'll hold, you guys drill. 
IMG_2002.JPG (2390282 bytes) We don't need to draw on the target face now guys. IMG_2003.JPG (1476987 bytes) Squeeze now.  IMG_2004.JPG (2293186 bytes) I know the drill is too short, so I won't drill through my hand. 

At Jeff's Place

IMG_2005.JPG (2187967 bytes) Some basic instructions IMG_2006.JPG (2305415 bytes) Nice shot. IMG_2007.JPG (2116106 bytes) Seems a bit small for me, but I think I can handle it. IMG_2008.JPG (2172655 bytes) Ok, line up the sites and...
IMG_2009.JPG (2199273 bytes) Now this is a bow... IMG_2010.JPG (2325618 bytes) Need more strength, arg. IMG_2011.JPG (2460477 bytes) Looks a bit off on the site IMG_2012.JPG (2424708 bytes) So left eye dominant folks don't do as well on a right eye dominant bow. 
IMG_2013.JPG (2737196 bytes) Natasha sets up IMG_2014.JPG (2687454 bytes) Loads in the arrow IMG_2015.JPG (2561059 bytes) lines up just under cheek IMG_2016.JPG (2472398 bytes) 2nd arrow
IMG_2017.JPG (2533441 bytes) and 3rd arrow IMG_2018.JPG (2237569 bytes) so professional. 
IMG_2019.JPG (2686663 bytes) Brits are naturally good at this. it's in our blood you know.  IMG_2020.JPG (2546274 bytes) It's important we wear our green toques and only use green arrows. Part of our Nottingham Robin Hood theme. IMG_2021.JPG (2443454 bytes) OK, I'll get better. DSCN1689.JPG (1120447 bytes) Warming up is important too. 

Lunch Time

DSCN1690.JPG (1251710 bytes) Boys have a job. Warmer house equals more firewood.  DSCN1691.JPG (962692 bytes) Yes, this is a nice warm house.  DSCN1692.JPG (1209788 bytes) Telling the log haulers to not scare the birds in the feeder is a challenge. DSCN1693.JPG (1210383 bytes) Try tiptoeing guys... 
DSCN1694.JPG (1232322 bytes) OK, so the dogs aren't helping DSCN1695.JPG (1224120 bytes) All done, back into the warm house.  DSCN1696.JPG (888542 bytes) It's hard convincing the dog to sleep on your feet.  DSCN1697.JPG (1010983 bytes) Feel the heat baking my toes, so warm and relaxing.
DSCN1698.JPG (1135295 bytes) The Greenhouse for all the Carol's flowers DSCN1699.JPG (1003845 bytes) Gourmet pot luck lunch...  Freeze dried orange slices
Gruyère cheese
Mariani Cherries

Assorted Raw Vegetables
Green Grapes
Chocolate Digestives
Ikea Apple cookies
 Dog Tricks... DSCN1703.JPG (984133 bytes) Speak  DSCN1704.JPG (933092 bytes) The "Down" Race DSCN1702.jpg (458033 bytes) "Ring the bell" trick. 

Back out on the range 

(looking for coyotes)

DSCN1705.JPG (747773 bytes) Too many coats on, hard to move.  DSCN1706.JPG (895037 bytes) That's better. 
Very professional, deadly accurate. 
DSCN1707.JPG (802895 bytes) It helps to convince the woof to stay still. Bribe him with a few treats.  DSCN1708.JPG (789786 bytes) Feel the force, visualize the bulls eye....
DSCN1709.JPG (810773 bytes) How to get a jacket zipper out of the cams. DSCN1710.JPG (937278 bytes) Oh, cute girl watch me, got to get that bulls eye.... DSCN1711.JPG (1311615 bytes) Hold still Mr. Woof, I'm trying to get these arrows out.  DSCN1712.JPG (818618 bytes) Ok, through the whisker biscuit, then clip it into the nock. Then line up the 20m dot, Got it.
DSCN1713.JPG (966064 bytes) Another bulls eye, visualize it. DSCN1714.JPG (827825 bytes) You're toast now baby. DSCN1715.JPG (795876 bytes) It's all about phycing yourself up mentally. See the bulls eye, hmmmm. DSCN1716.JPG (717942 bytes) Taking home your spoils of the hunt.
DSCN1717.JPG (975577 bytes) The Champion Marksmen rejoice. DSCN1719.JPG (895722 bytes) Taking care of the dogs and Coyote

Tea Time

DSCN1720.JPG (983157 bytes) Serving up and getting ready. DSCN1721.JPG (1144167 bytes) Great Cake Carol!!! DSCN1722.JPG (1108798 bytes) Tea on the knee, cake on the lips, How to get warm and full at the same time.   Thanks Carol and Jeff. Your the greatest.