Children's Bow Making

Course Information

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 9:30am to Sun, 07/12/2020 - 4:00pm

This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request.

Join Roots for two days days and learn to carve your own bow!  In this course young students will take locally harvested saplings and carve them into basic working bows. Tool use, ethical harvesting, bow making basics, string making, and shooting will all be covered and done first hand. Bow making and carving are a great way to learn patience, focus, and gain a sense of confidence in building something with your own two hands. Parents and/or guardians chould plan to come help out and enjoy a weekend of woodworking. Please bring your own lunch and weather appropriate clothes as we will be outside thw whole time.  Ages: 9-13 Time: 9:30 AM- 4 PM with a break for lunch around noon.   You will want to  be prepared and purchase a few youth arrows before or after the course so you have them to shoot with.  

Please note new covid sensitive protocols below.


New Protocols To Be Covid Sensitive

We understand that folks are interpreting what is going on right now in a myriad of ways.  We want to be clear in our communication of what baseline is here and now in the hopes that everyone clearly understands and feels safe.  If you and your child don't think that this will work for whatever reason, we understand and ask that you wait for another year to attend.
Covid 19 Rules for Roots School – Until notice the following will apply to all Roots Classes

In order to make it safe to run our programs we ask everyone to carefully follow the following precautions. We understand this is inconvenient and counter-intuitive to some people but it is the only way we are able to continue to offer our classes to the public in person.

All classes will be fully outside, please dress accordingly. Please do not enter the building.

Please respect a 6-8 foot minimum distance between you and others.  If you must be closer to others a mask must be worn by both parties.  You must bring a mask with you, we do not have extras to pass around.

Wash your hands often. Outdoor hand washing stations are available.

Do not touch any tools or objects without clear invitation. Workspace and tools will be shared for the duration of the course and then disinfected. If you need a tool or material please ask and that way we know what needs to be cleaned.

If you have any symptoms related to Covid -19 do not attend.

Please pee outside when possible away from group areas and trails. When you need to use the outhouse please touch as little as possible and clean the toilet seat when you are done with spray cleaner at each location. Please do not throw disinfectant cloths in the toilet. Use hand sanitizer located outside.

To those coming from out of state
The state of Vermont dictates that any resident or non-resident, traveling into Vermont for anything other than an essential purpose, must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.
After many years of working with kids, we find ourselves in a totally unprecedented situation in which we will be asking kids to follow strange, unnatural, and new rules in which we can offer no flexibility.  As educators, we think it is unfair to expect all kids to be able to follow these rules without the normal time period of making mistakes and fixing them.  Because of this and yet due to the consequences being so big, we will assess each kid's ability to participate and follow the new rules and decide how to proceed after that.  

If you choose to have your child attend, please know that no matter how careful we are we are unable to make any guarantees about no-one contracting covid.  We want you to acknowledge that there is an inherent risk, no matter how many mitigation strategies we use and how compliant the kids are,  in public exposure that you are taking on.  


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Logistics - Youth

Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.

Registration Forms

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.

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