Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 
Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.

  • In-person camps have begun. Due to safety requirements, many camps have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our Family in-person programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or registration@howardcountymd.gov

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Target Archery

July 29, 2020: Current restrictions from COVID-19 cancelled the summer Open Range time at Alpha Ridge Park as this is a supervised program rather than a park amenity and must meet a minimum participation number to run. Unfortunately, there are NO outdoor public archery ranges in Howard County. Interested archers can visit the Maryland Archery Association for contact info on the available archery clubs in the state.
We know Howard County archers are disappointed and we look forward to getting back to our regular classes and clubs as soon as possible. However, the health and safety of our staff and participants is the utmost priority for all Adventure and Outdoor programs. Within the current restrictive guidelines, there are some new sections of the half day Archery Camp available this summer and we are looking into the possibility for small group or family lessons starting sometime next month.
Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to Howard County Target Archery.

Fall program registration begins 6pm Aug 5 for Howard County residents! See below for new dates & details.

Learn the basics of Target Archery in an Intro or Archery Together class to participate one of the archery club programs!

  • HCRP utilizes NFAA and USArchery certified instructors, fiberglass recurve and universal draw-length compound bows.
  • Programs focus on the mental aspects and technique of instinctive target archery.
  • Target Archery classes are offered in the Spring and Fall*, camps available in the summer (visit www.howardcountymd.gov/adventurecamps). Open Range time available spring, summer and fall - see the Open Range tab for details (* Lil Archers programs available year round).
  • Detailed information will be emailed to participants within a week of the program start date.
  • Registration: 410-313-7275 or click the RP numbers to sign up online.
  • Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

 

Check out the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club on Flickr:

HCRP Target Archery Skills Club

Want to try archery?

New to archery or looking to refresh some skills?  Target Archery programs start at 8 yrs & up (programs using age-appropriate equipment for younger children are available - see tabs below for more information).

 - Start with an introductory class like the Intro to Target Archery or Archery Together (Parent/Child), held on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall.

 - Practice your skills during Open Range times!

 - Want to take your skills up a notch?  Sign up for the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club and work with our instructors on your personal goals (4-week sessions).

- Private lessons with USA Archery-certified instructors available.  Can't make a class?  Schedule a lesson and sign up for Open Range time to work on your skills.

Classes for 4-7 yrs

 

Lil' Archers
4-5 yrs / 2 classes, start dates below
Experience the sport of archery in a fun, safe and supervised environment. We use plastic arrows with rubber suction cups to teach the basics of archery. Sign up for multiple sections and watch your child's archery skills improve! No experience necessary and all equipment supplied for use during the program.

Lil Archers currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Learn the Art of Target Archery
6-7 yrs / September 19 / $45
Build and decorate your own PVC bow and learn techniques, form and range safety in a one-day class with our certified instructors.
RP9065.101   Rockburn Branch Park West   1:30-3:30pm   Sa

Classes, Youth & Adult

Target Archery classes available Spring & Fall at Alpha Ridge Park. Click the RP numbers for online registration!

Introduction to Archery
Discover the basics of archery in this one-day class! Learn basic techniques and form using recurve and compound bows from an USA Archery-certified instructor. Equipment, safety and elements of shooting are covered. Course meets the requirement to participate in the HCRP Archery Clubs. 
8-13 yrs / $55, individual
RP9061.101   Alpha Ridge Park   Sep 12   9am-Noon   Sa

RP9061.102   Alpha Ridge Park   Oct 10    9am-Noon   Sa 

13 yrs+ (including adults) / $55, individual
RP9061.111   Alpha Ridge Park   Sep 19   9am-Noon   Sa

RP9061.112   Alpha Ridge Park   Oct 17   9am-Noon   Sa

55+ yrs / $35, individual This program part of the Encore Adventure Series - click or call 410-313-1769 for details)
RP9171.103   Centennial Park South  Oct 1  9:30-11:30am   Th

Target Archery Together (Parent/Child)
You and your child learn the basic techniques of archery together! Equipment provided for use during the class; safety and elements of shooting are covered by an USA Archery-certified instructor.  Course meets the requirement to participate in the HCRP Archery Clubs. Fee is for one adult and one child; in the case of multiple siblings, we ask that there be one adult for each child.
8-13 yrs / $95, one parent & one child
RP9063.101   Alpha Ridge Park   Sep 26   9am-Noon   Sa

RP9063.102   Alpha Ridge Park   Oct 24   9am-Noon   Sa

HCRP Archery Clubs

HCRP Target Archery Skills Club
Focus on refining target archery technique though practice and self-paced development with our USA Archery-certified instructors. Parents are welcome to sign up with their children during youth sessions!  Program is four weeks, start dates listed below.  Participants must have completed* an HCRP introductory target archery class prior to the start of their Archery Club session (Introduction to Archery, Archery Together, Archery Camp, Archery & Paddling Camp or Archery & Fishing Camp). 
8 yrs + / 4 weeks, start dates below / $69 (adults and children welcome)
RP9064.101   Alpha Ridge Park   Sep 13    1-2:30pm   Su

RP9064.102   Alpha Ridge Park   Oct 10    3-4:30pm    Sa

RP9064.103   Alpha Ridge Park   Oct 11    1-2:30pm    Su

Click the RP numbers for online registration!

Open Range Time also available on select dates - click on the Open Range tab for more details!

* Archery Club sessions may fill quickly. You may register for an Archery Club session at the same time you register for an introductory class, just as long as you will have completed the class before actually participating in the Club session.  However, understand that you may not be eligible for a full refund from a Club session if you are not able to attend the Intro class.

Open Range

Sumer Open Range CANCELLED due to restrictions and impact from COVID-19. Fall registration opens 6pm Aug 5 for Howard County residents!

The Alpha Ridge Park Archery Range is open Spring &Fall for drop in use. Sign up for an Open Range Pass each season for unlimited use on select dates and times! $50 fee allows access at any or all of the Open Range times during that season and includes the use of HCRP equipment while at the range*. Or pay $30 and bring your own equipment.  Targets provided. Prior completion of a Recreation & Parks' Intro program is encouraged but not required to use the range. Archers must be able to participate in a safe and proper manner and follow range rules and staff directions at all times. Call 410-313-7275 to register, or click the RP numbers below to sign up online. Info: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

8yrs+ / Fall Open Range times: SAT, Noon-2pm & SUN, 9am-Noon, 9/12-11/01 ONLY

RP9066.101   Alpha Ridge Park; bring your own equipment    $30

RP9066.102   Alpha Ridge Park; *using HCRP equipment         $50

Click the RP numbers for online registration!

            * You must have completed a Howard County Recreation & Parks Introductory course (Intro to Archery, Archery Together or specific Archery Camps) to use HCRP equipment.

Additional rules and information:

  • A basic orientation will be completed at your first visit to the range.  To use HCRP equipment, you MUST have completed a Howard County Recreation & Parks Introductory course (Intro to Archery, Archery Together, specific Archery Camps).
  • This range is supervised.  Archers must follow range rules and directions of staff at all times or range use may be suspended without a refund.
  • Target or field points only, no broadheads.
  • No crossbows.  Range staff reserve the right to refuse the use of any equipment deemed inappropriate for this location.
  • This is not an instructional program.
  • Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult that is also registered and participating, or if not participating must remain in the archery spectator area.
  • Range time and equipment use is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • BLOCK targets provided.  Archers may bring their own 10-ring or spot paper targets for personal use, but please be sure they are family-friendly (NO humanoid or animal forms/shapes).
  • All archers should check the program status line at 410-313-4451 (option 1 then option 4) before heading to the range.  There are several reasons the range may close, not just the weather. There are no refunds or makeups for missed or canceled sessions.

Only registered Range Pass users will be allowed on the Alpha Ridge Archery Range.  Archery is not permitted on an individual basis on any Howard County Recreation & Parks property.

Camps

A sampling of 2020 archery camps. Many Adventure & Outdoor Camps include a target archery component; for complete details visit the Adventure & Outdoor Camps page at www.howardcountymd.gov/adventurecamps!

Lil' Archers
4-5 yrs / 4 days
Experience the sport of archery in a fun, safe and supervised environment.  We use plastic arrows with rubber suction cups to teach the basics of archery.  No experience necessary and all equipment provided for use during the camp.  Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products).  Camp will be held rain or shine.  For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769.

NEW! DIY Archery & Fishing Camp  Full but Wait List registration is available
Make and decorate your own PVC archery bow and bamboo fishing pole to use the rest of the week and take home at the end of camp! Discover and practice new skills in archery technique, range safety, fish identification, knot tying & more. Play fun archery games with your DIY bow and fish Centennial Lake from shore with your DIY bamboo pole. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.
6-10yrs / 4 days starting Aug 3 /  $135
Rp9716.811 Centennial Park South   8:30-11:30am    M-Th 

Archery Camp   FULL but Wait List registration is available
This is a basic level course intended for kids who are new to the sport and looking for a positive experience with archery.  During the camp, archers become proficient in shooting a bow and receive instruction in archery essentials such as range safety, equipment maintenance, self-analysis and archery etiquette.  Additional activities include history of archery, fun shoots (balloon shoots, etc) and a competition on the last day. Bring a non-perishable snack and beverage (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change. Fee includes supervision, equipment and activities. For more information, contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-1769 or mmedicus@howardcountymd.gov.
Alpha Ridge Park / 4 days, start dates below / $135
Rp9755.806   8-11yrs     August 10   8:30-11:30am   M-Th

Rp9755.821  10-13yrs    August 17   8:30-11:30am    M-Th

Please Note:
  • If a program is full, place your name on the Wait List!  There is no charge, and you can sign up on the Wait List online or by phone (410-313-7275).  Wait List customers are considered first should a spot become available or additional sections be added.
  • All participants should check the program status line within ONE HOUR of their program start time, regardless of the weather.  There are a lot of status lines for Recreation & Parks - the correct status line for target archery programs is 410-313-4451: Press option 1, then option 4.  (Camps are not on this line - please consult your camp information for updates).  There are many reasons a program may be cancelled, not just weather, so please consult the program status line before each session.
Contact Us
CLICK HERE for a complete list of HCRP Adventure & Outdoor programs and camps!

For more information contact:
Matt Medicus, Adventure & Outdoor Supervisor, 410-313-1769 or
Dawn Thomas, Adventure & Outdoor Manager, 410-313-1754

Many target archery activities, including Open Range and the HCRP Target Archery Skills Club take place at the archery location in Alpha Ridge Park: 11685 Old Frederick Rd/MD Rte 99, Marriottsville, MD 21104
From I-70 Westbound: From I-70 (coming from Rte 29) take Exit 83 onto Marriottsville Road northbound. Proceed 0.9 miles and turn left at light onto Old Frederick Road (Rte. 99). Proceed 0.5 miles to park on the left. Once in Park, make 2nd left into the large parking area. Look for the fenced area adjacent to the tennis courts.
From I-70 Eastbound: From I-70 take Exit 82 onto eastbound Route 40. At first traffic light turn left onto Marriottsville Road northbound. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left at light onto Old Frederick Road (Rte 99). Proceed 0.5 miles to park on the left. Once in Park, make 2nd left into the large parking area. Look for the fenced area adjacent to the tennis courts.
Be sure to check your program or camp letter for specific meeting locations! Not all camps and programs meet at Alpha Ridge!