Newbie Night

We do request a profile picture (your PHOTO, not something else) before you will be allowed to attend your first event. We expect Members who RSVP Yes to show up: No Shows many be bumped from future events.

Never shot a bow before? Haven't done it since high school or summer camp but you've wanted to for a long time? This is your opportunity!

Newbie Nights are generally for NEW MEMBERS who have never shot a bow before.
Please arrive on time or even a little early so you can be fitted with your equipment.
The professional instructors will determine your left or right eye dominance and select the best equipment to suit your strength and draw.
After they review the basic safety rules, you'll be making Swiss cheese of your paper target.
Enjoy 2 hours shooting indoors over progressive distances and at the end of the event, you can take your perforated target home as a souvenir!

Our policy:
1. We request your first name and a profile photo of you before you attend your first event with us.
2. The Lanes will only allow 14 shooters per event maximum therefore no guests unless they are signed up with the group.
3. Archery Group events are for over 19 years of age and older.
4. Neither The Lanes nor Vancouver Archery Meetup Group is responsible for your safety.

$25 cash payable to The Lanes
$1 cash dropped in the 50/50 Draw Tin to support the Vancouver Archery Group website.
You may use your own recurve or compound bow (NO crossbows) and arrows (no broadheads). You are expected to pay $25 to the Lanes and $1 to the Archery Group.

Toward the end of the evening we hold a 50/50 Draw and award someone with half of what we collect that evening. Woohoo!.
We often draw for additional non-monetary prizes. Prize donations are always welcome.
Sometimes we compete for prizes by shooting at 'special' targets.
We don't always reward the 'best shot'; sometimes the most creative (but safe) shot is awarded.

The Lanes sells pop, coffee, chocolate bars and chips.

Remember: consistency is the goal, accuracy comes with practice and occasionally a little good luck.

After our Events:
We often go across the street to The Fireside Pub for a tasty beverage and some interesting chat.
Before entering the pub, bows must be unstrung or in a case.
Fireside's Menu is posted on the Message Board: food orders can be phoned in up to 9:30 pm and food will be kept warm until 10 pm. Do not bring pub food into the Lanes please.

The Lanes are transit accessible from nearby Braid Station (20 minute walk, uphill) and Sapperton Station (6 minute walk north from Columbia Hospital) Use 426 Columbia Street EAST to plan your trip with BCTranslink's website.
Look for the silver door on the EAST side of the street, two doors along from Boormans Archery and across from The Fireside Pub. The Message Board has a google map and photo.
Free street parking after 6 pm.
CARPOOL requests or offers go in your RSVP. Include where you are willing to meet or pick up. Contact other members directly to make arrangements. Be courteous and on time.

We understand 'life happens.' If you need to change your RSVP please do it as soon as you know so someone can take your place (please remove yourself from waiting list too if you think you won't make it at all).
No-Shows hold us all up and prevent someone who would like to come from attending. Therefore, if you are a 3-time No-Show you may be bumped from future events if someone reliable wants your spot.
You can reach us Friday after 8 pm at The Lanes [masked]) and we appreciate your courtesy if you are running late or can't make it after all.
If we cancel an event, we'll email everyone who RSVPs Yes and cross it off the calendar.

C'mon out for some fun archery practice. We know once you get started, you'll be back for more!


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  • Brent S.

    It was a good, and well-structured introductory evening. I had fun and came away with a much clearer idea of what archery is about.

    November 24, 2013

  • Mike

    This was my first meetup and it was great. Had a nice time learning a new hobby. Instructor was very knowledgeable and personable.

    November 22, 2013

  • Dennis

    do to the popularity of this event, no shows will be flagged from future events. if you rsvp we expect you to attend. If you cannot make it please update your rsvp so people waiting can be added. if you are on the waiting list and cannot make it…please remove yourself. thank you and happy/safe shooting!

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have 2 other friends who want to come too!

    November 12, 2013

    • Dennis

      Bring them along

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel tonight, have sign up for the next newbie night. Sorry about this.

    November 22, 2013

  • Jonathan David Matthew T.

    Sadly a winter cold has me in its grasp. When is the next nubie night?

    November 22, 2013

  • Bob (Bojan) K.


    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got slammed with a cold this morning, have cancel :( on to the waiting list for next newbie night...

    November 22, 2013

  • James J.

    Excited to go! See you all there!

    November 22, 2013

  • Nicole T.

    Yay I'm really looking forward to this :) Can't wait to meet you all on Friday and play with a bow and arrow for the first time!

    2 · November 20, 2013

  • Joshua C.

    Amidst the cancellations I'd just like to say that I'm pretty hyped for this event and am still going! :D

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • James J.

    I would REALLY like to join this event, so if you cannot make it, please say so! :D

    November 20, 2013

  • Gifford W.

    I am cancelling because I should attend a study group on Friday so I thought it would be best to let someone else have a chance.

    November 19, 2013

  • Darragh

    Sadly I have to cancel. Hopefully next time.

    November 19, 2013

  • Andrea

    Sorry I changed my RSVP to No. I have a refresher lesson with
    Sheila Boorman on the same night.

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, i would like to bring a friend. Can I do that?

    October 15, 2013

    • Dennis

      its full..sorry. but some people do drop out last minute...they should come by and see.

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys is it ok for me to bring a plus 2?

    October 12, 2013

    • Dennis

      its full..sorry. but some people do drop out last minute...they should come by and see.

      November 4, 2013

  • Jackie

    Gonna do this!

    October 20, 2013

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