Youth Programs

Youth Archery Programing at BESA

BESA makes its facilities available to a variety of outside youth groups to conduct archery programs. These youth groups apply for approval through the BESA Archery Director and/or the BESA Board of Directors. Groups are typically required to provide proof of insurance and their own certified instructors. For more information contact:

  • John “Jack” Wachlarowicz, BESA Archery Director
    • besa.archery@gmail.com
    • 651-492-2572

The following are the current youth groups approved to use BESA facilities:

ST CROIX JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development)

Program Description: St. Croix JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development ) is a club program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people ages 8-20, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition!

Practice/Meeting Dates/Times:

    • June 7 – September 20
    • Wednesday 5 PM – 8 PM

Contact Information:

    • Diane Kleinke, Club Director & Level 3 NTS USA Archery Coach
      • dianek@stcroixjoad.com

Website: St Croix JOAD

Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA)

Program Description: Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) provides opportunities for elementary through high school age youth to experience 3D and target archery competition as an after school program affiliated with educational learning institutions, sportsman’s clubs and archery dealers.

Website: S3DA

Summer League Practice/Meeting Dates/Times:

    • June 15 – September 14
      • Thursday 4 PM – 8 PM
      • Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Contact Information:

    • John “Jack” Wachlarowicz, S3DA Lead Instructor
      • johnwachlarowicz@gmail.com
      • 651-492-2572

Outdoors Archery & Kids (OAKs)

Program Description: Outdoors Archery and Kids (because we are all kids at heart) is a program sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. OAKs focuses on introducing individuals to the outdoors through archery, archery deer hunting, and land stewardship. The program focuses on youth/families and adults new to the outdoors, archery, and archery deer hunting. Youth must be accompanied by parent/guardians at all OAKs events in order to encourage family participation and continuation of the activity.

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Website: MDHA

Practice/Meeting Dates/Times:

    • June 15 – September 14
      • Thursday 4 PM – 8 PM
      • Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Contact Information:

    • John “Jack” Wachlarowicz, SCV-MDHA Youth Program Director
      • johnwachlarowicz@gmail.com
      • 651-492-2572

YMCA Camp Heritage: Archery Camp Field Trip

Program Description: While learning the fundamentals of archery, campers examine equipment close up, identify the parts of the bow and arrow, and learn the science behind drawing the bow and releasing the arrow. Instructors teach proper grip, stance and aim alignment. This camp will feature a field trip to Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Association Archery Range and Trails. Equipment is provided.

Contact Information: