BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – As hunting season quickly approaches, a camp in Bismarck is helping teens prepare by teaching them what they need to know: from survival skills to the ins and outs of hunting deer, through the technique of archery.

Kids who attend Raised at Full Draw Archery Camp get more than archery lessons, they learn how to survive in the wild.

“It’s different from just playing basketball or soccer, it’s something I can use later on as well. Use as a special skill, ”said Madalyn Meckle, Camper at Raised at Full Draw.

The camp started in 2019 and spans three days. As campers earn their archery hunter safety certification, they also learn valuable skills like how to make a lean-to and how to tie up a broken bone. The campers I have spoken to see the value in everything they learn.

“Learning to be alone in the forest and all that, and having a survival etiquette and everything to be prepared if you get lost in the forest.” And archery is really fun, ”says Kyley Becker, camper at Raised at Full Draw.

Camp leaders love to see children’s confidence grow as they have the opportunity to learn and practice with their bows.

“They have a hard time at the beginning, but by the end of the camp, they have fun, they achieve their goals, they take the lessons in 3D and they just have fun,” says Wayne Muth, camp leader at Raised at Full Draw.

This year, around thirty campers have registered. Camp leaders hope to see them return next year and look forward to inviting new campers next year.

The camp takes place annually and is open to youth ages 12 to 17. For more information visit

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