PWSC Archery Club at Vegas in Valdez



PWSC’s Archery Club offers something for anyone interested in the sport of archery, whether a beginner, experienced competitive target archer, bowhunter or a recreational shooter. PWSC Archery offers classes, club membership, workshops, and youth camps for all levels of experience and skill.


The PWSC Archery Club is a student governed organization in association with US Collegiate Archery (USCA), which is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. Privileges of membership include participation in all club events, use of club equipment at events, use of club ranges and range times, archery instruction, coaching, newsletter and equipment discounts.

At each club event, Club Officers, Team Members or Advisors will be available to assist with instruction/coaching. This benefit is free, no registration required, no experience, no equipment needed. As a member you can use our equipment until you choose to purchase your own.

Individually arranged instruction/coaching are available to members at an additional fee. Contact the Club President for details.

The Club is always looking for fundraising opportunities. For a reasonable donation we can provide an archery wellness activity for your business and employee group or perhaps for your child’s birthday party. Have other ideas? Contact the Club President or Club Advisor.

Youth Camps are provided three times each year, during winter, spring, and summer breaks. These Camps are for 7-12 year olds, are three days in length, and provide instruction in basic archery skills. We believe this is an important community service that the Club can provide. This alternative activity promotes discipline, respect, and builds personal success and increased self confidence. Our philosophy is that everyone can find success with archery and that ARCHERY SHOULD BE FUN!

Beginning in August 2010 we will also begin offering a Junior Camp for older youth 13-18 years old. This program will focus on skill building with a little more rigorous instruction. As each young archer develops, she or he will learn more advanced techniques and skills. This program will include goal setting and introduces an achievement award program to help the archer track successes and stay motivated.

If you are a student and would like to be involved in the leadership of this awesome organization…please attend the next club meeting and wave your hand! Perhaps the experiences gained from your efforts here will open doors later in your life’s adventures.

Archery Governance

The PWSC Archery Club is a student governed recreational organization that is affiliated with the PWSC Student Government and USCA Archery. The Archery Club provides leadership opportunities for students with an interest in archery and who desire a more influential role in governance. The Club also needs volunteers to help continue growing archery at PWSC and in Alaska… so if you would like to be involved, contact one of the Club officers or attend the next Club meeting.

Below you will find the Archery Club’ s Executive Board and their title, constitution, bylaws, past meeting minutes, budget reports, information about how to bring a proposal to the board and more.

Submit Your Proposal

We want to hear from you! Submitting proposals to be considered by the Club is a positive means of growing our organization, promoting new ideas, and providing a voice for all members regarding the direction of archery in our community.

To submit a proposal a member must:

  1. Be a member in good standing
  2. Outline the Proposed Action
  3. State the Rational
  4. Provide any relevant information, history or precedence
  5. Sign the Proposal and send to the Club President

The Club President will review the proposal and place it on the next scheduled meeting agenda for consideration. The board may take action on the proposal during the meeting or table the proposal pending any of the following: ask for additional information, seek expert advice, seek public feedback, assign to a special committee, and/or vote to approve/disapprove.

Archery Instruction

PWSC offers two for-credit classes in archery

PER V121-101 Course Description:
This class is for everyone from beginner to experienced archers; offering an introduction to archery, this class explores the history of archery, the anatomy of bows and arrows, vocabulary and terminology. Students will be exposed to archery through a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the sport and will acquire proper form, shot set-up, mental and physical preparation, strategies for archery safety, and tournament play. Focusing on Olympic style target archery, including 28 hours of actual shooting time, students will learn the steps to archery success that can be applied across all disciplines of archery. Participants will also be introduced to other types of arrow sports on the range, through video and class lecture. This is a fun, hands on experience that promotes archery as a healthy lifetime activity. Students will discuss and demonstrate character development, self evaluation skills, communication, cooperation, respect and related behaviors that are required in all effective functioning groups. Each student will be required to journal their own archery successes and improvements along with brief written essays of discussion topics including how archery changed cultures and societies over centuries, how archery can contribute to a healthy balanced life style, and how archery can or has influenced them on a personal level i.e. physically, emotionally or socially.

No experience or equipment required for this course. PWSC will provide basic bows and arrows. 1 college credit


PER V221-201 Course Description:
This intermediate level, two semester long course will build on fundamental archery skills, bio-mechanical form, technique, equipment selection and tuning, rules of tournament play and safety. This course promotes target archery as a recreation/sport and prepares archers for competition within an elite peer group of college competitors both nationally and internationally.

Even though the focus of this class is on target competition, the skills learned during the academic year apply to any archery discipline including bowhunting.

No experience is required; however, some experience or completion of course V121-101 is recommended. Equipment can be provided; however the use of your personal equipment is encouraged. Instructor(s) will assist in the proper selection/fitting of equipment. You are not required to be a PWSC Archery Team member or expected to compete in order to participate in this class. 1 college credit each semester.


BOWHUNTER EDUCATION: PWSC delivers the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), Alaska Bowhunter Education Course. This course provides the certification required to hunt big game in archery only areas in our state. This class meets all standards of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, (NBEF) and International Bowhunter Education Program, (IBEP) certification requirements. This course is taught by volunteer instructors who are approved by the ADF&G; for more information visit their website at


NATIONAL ARCHERY in the SCHOOL PROGRAM, (NASP) BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR (BAI) COURSE: PWSC offers this class in conjunction with Alaska Dept of Fish & Game primarily to K-12 teachers who offer the NASP program in their schools. This class is available for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit. For more information Contact PWSC or ADF&G Program Coordinator Jerry Soukup (907) 267-2241

Archery Team

The Glacier Bears focus on competitive Olympic style target archery through association with the national US Collegiate Archery Association (USCA). You don’t need experience, just a desire to compete and learn. If you want to be on a team, just check us out or give it a try, attend one of our team practices!

Types of target competition include indoor spot, 3D, field and outdoor FITA.

Students must be enrolled full time at PWSC (12 credits) and will be required to participate and follow USCA guidelines, conform to a code of conduct, athletic fitness/performance readiness and eligibility standards, including an academic GPA of 2.0 or greater. Students will be under direct instruction/coaching in a rigorous schedule of practice and performance improvement.

Each academic year the Team will choose a calendar of events/venues in which they wish to compete. This will become the focus of training and preparedness. In February of 2010 the Glacier Bears traveled to Las Vegas and participated in the NFAA World Archery Festival! (link to WAF) The Archery Club will help with equipment; however, please be prepared for lots of practice time and travel costs. The Team will do fundraisers and solicit sponsorships, but there must be a commitment from the athletes to do their part.

About “Glacier Bears” Glacier bears are unique to Alaska and are very rare. They are a subspecies of the common black bear that have a very light color phase ranging from white, slate grey to blue black. Glacier bears reside predominately along the Gulf Coast of South Central and South East Alaska coasts in the many glacier fjords. The Glacier bear is a very appropriate mascot as it represents our geographical region and the large population of bears in the Prince William Sound and the Valdez area. The original Alaskans spoke of this bear as being a “Spirit” bear and often revered them as magical.

Contact Info

Steve Shiell

Archery Club

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