by Amy Tjaden News Editor


Twice a month homeschoolers around Las Vegas gather together to socialize, have fun, build confidence, and to show perseverance. They do this through their homeschool archery program.

The homeschool archery program is part of the JOAD program. JOAD stands for Junior Olympic Archery Development. Through JOAD the children are able to advance at their own pace. As they complete a stage they earn a patch to mark their progress.

JOAD activities range from beginner instruction and outreach, to world championship competition.

One homeschooling mom said that she has seen a boost in her daughters’ confidence since they began archery. She likes that the sport requires self-motivation. She says that the sport reinforces life skills that they try to teach their children. “Another thing I want my kids to know is – even if you have a bad day, maybe not getting the score you wanted, shake it off.  Tomorrow is another day, or another opportunity.”

Dan Bozrath, owner of Pacific Archery in Las Vegas provides this opportunity to the homeschool community by opening his place for them and allowing them to fall under the JOAD program, which usually meets in the evenings. The homeschoolers are able to hold their class in the daytime.

Pacific Archery is like other places all around the country that support homeschooling, simply by opening their doors and allowing homeschooled children to participate in their programs.  Is there a place like this in your community? I’d like to hear about it.

If you are a reader in the Las Vegas, Nevada area and would like more information about the homeschool JOAD archery program, please send an email to [email protected]

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