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Cariboo Archers (CA) are an independent Society under the Society Act of British Columbia, yet they are an integral element of the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association (WLSA) They maintain their own Board of Directors with a membership fee and fund raising events while having a seat on the WLSA Board of Directors.

However the archery facilities, which are equipped and maintained jointly by WLSA and CA are open to any WLSA member even if not a Cariboo Archers members



President: Lee Jackman — 250-398-5691
Secretary: Becky Waterhouse
Treasurer: Al Campsall — 250-392-9695
Director:   Fred Streleoff
Director:   Lynn Sharman
Director:  Kevin Trott
Director:   Larry Fitzpatrick
Director:   Ernie Schmid
Director:   Gavin Laukkanen
Director:   Bob Thurow
Director:   Becky Waterhouse
Director:   Adam Lyons



Cariboo Artchers is pleased to announce that the popular Junior Olympian Program is back !

This JOP will be supported by Matt Hilbert , Taryn Aumond and Kara Fraser who are volunteers

Our coaching team will consist of the following: Kevin Trott – Coach, Isaac Bedford – Junior Coach, Melanie McComber, Steve Aumond – Coach – Coach,  and Al Campsall – will return as a Mentor. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Junior Olympian Program (JOP)

As a returning or new member of the JOP there are a few things you must know! 

1- All participants must be a member of the Williams Lake Sportsman’s Association.  You can download the membership form from HERE but you have go to Blue Mountain or Chilcotin Guns with a completed registration form.   The cost for membership varies (cash or cheque only please). 

Junior (under 18) – $35/year,  Adult – $80/year, Senior (65 young)  – $45/year, Adult/Partner/Junior – $110/year, Adult/Partner/+2 Junior – $120/year

2 – All participants must be a member of the BC Archery Association.  Registration and payment is available online. Go to BC ARCHERY

Youth (0-17) – $65,  Adult (18+) – $75,  Family (2 adults and any number youth) – $160                   

3- All participants must register with the JOP and pay a $30 fee to cover the cost of the wear and tear on equipment and for supplies.  Payment can be made via cash or cheque payable to the Williams Lake Sportsman’s Association.   Registration form to be completed.

New registrants are welcome to try the first night for free. 

Thursday October 7th  will be registration for previous JOP members.

 Thursday October 14th will be for new JOP registrants. 

All sessions are held at the WLSA range clubhouse (920 Bond Lake Road).  All participants are asked to sign in prior to shooting. 

There will be two sessions running every Thursday, unless it is cancelled. (Check WLSA Calendar)

First Session: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm – Second Session: 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm

JOP Covid-19 Guidelines

The club will be operating under the Provincial Health Guidelines and Orders for COVID-19. 

We ask that all volunteers, parents and youth follow the rules outlined so that we can continue to operate this year. 

As BC Health Authorities have developed guidelines to lift some restrictions on gatherings in a responsible way, the Junior Olympian Program is working with the BC Archery Association and the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association to understand the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer and how best they apply within our sport.

The Junior Olympian Program’s priority is to ensure the health and safety of all individuals while we provide opportunities for youth to participate.  Modifications will be in place to reduce the risks to volunteers, parents and youth.  If you choose to participate in the JOP, you must follow these rules. 

  • If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at the club until you have self-isolated for 14 days.
  • You must wash or sanitize your hands upon entering the clubhouse.
  • All adults are required to wear a mask while indoors at all times. This includes all coaches and volunteers.
  • All youth, aged 12 and up, are required to wear a mask, except during field of play (on the line shooting). Masks are required for arrow retrieval. 
  • Bring own water bottle.
  • The capacity of the facility is limited to 50 people
  • All participants are asked to sign in prior to shooting. 
  • Need to follow the mask mandate of 9 year and up wear masks indoors (added Oct 06 2021)


At this time, we are not requiring proof of vaccination to enter the facility.  However, as we understand the Provincial Health Officers guidelines and recommendations, we may have to update our policy. 

We recognize that this is a difficult time.  We must remind all parents that the JOP is ran by volunteers, so please be kind.  We are all trying to adhere to the guidelines as best we can, so that we can continue to offer opportunities for our children.   

The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association has been supremely supportive of Junior Olympian Program!  Coach, Ed Oliver, was the catalyst for restarting the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association Junior Olympian Program nine years ago; when he asked me to join him.  Lorne Barron soon joined Ed and me and the three of us have coached/taught kids ever since.  We have been helped by David Corless, additionally, Mary Thurow, Becky Waterhouse and Lynn Sharman have ably handled the logistics.  In the last four years, our kids have stood on the podium at BC Archery Championships and the Canadian Archery Championships 72 times.  No other JOP club in BC or Canada can match that record!  With your help, we must be doing something right.  It is a Team Effort!
Al Campsal
Al Campsall
2020-02-21 Wild Game Banquet

This program is jointly supported The Cariboo Archers and The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association.

Program is open to youth aged 8 to 20.

What is a Junior Olympian Program (JOP)

The JOP is designed to recognize young archers for their achievements and give encouragement for improvements. As awards are earned, each youth develops archery skills together with greater confidence and ability to perform in competition. Goals include recognizing fair play, courtesy and good sportsmanship with the emphasis placed on safety and individual performance.

Shooters will learn about safety rules and learn the visual and audible signals used to for timing/safety controls.

Archers are encouraged to participate in the Provincial JOP Championships.

*** This program is supported 100% by volunteers ***

Cariboo Archers provides volunteers to organize and coach who have been provincially certified as an archery coach and have successfully passed a criminal records check. Our coaches themselves have competed and attained multiple titles at the BC, Canadian and international levels, some have their origins in this program. We also promote our experienced JOP participants to help the new members. Not only does this promote comradery  but develops coaching skill and a sense of community. Parents are encouraged to remain and help out with non-coaching duties such as starters (whistle blower) arrow pullers and overall cheerleaders. 

Archery equipment is available but if you have your own by all means bring it.  

Junior Olympian Program typically starts in early October and and holds 2 sessions on Thursday evenings based on schedule that works for each family.

Cost is minimal (Our goal is to encourage youth involvement so if cost is a concern please speak to us.)

1 – Target and facility fee
2 – BCAA membership
3 – WLSA membership 


al campsal
Williams Lake Tribune

Al is also very involved in various committees 

BCAA, Archery Canada 3D, Archery Canada 3D Sub-committee (financial aid to Team Canada 3D Archers), Archery Canada 3D Sub-committee (Team Canada selection criteria), Cariboo Archers Executive (Treasurer, 3D course designer), 2020 BC indoor Championships Committee

These courses are coached by Al Campsall, who has won 21 Canadian Archery Championships in Outdoor 3D, Indoor 3D, Field, Indoor Target and Outdoor Target medals and 25 BC Archery Championships. In August 2019 Al competed in the World Masters Championships in Switzerland and brought home the GOLD. Read the Williams Lake Tribune Article 

Al has been instrumental in developing the Junior Olympian Program and although he is stepping back to some degree, he continues to coach youth who are showing advanced abilities beyond the JOP.  In addition Al has taken on these introductory class to encourage adult participation.

The classes have been set by gender to provide a comfortable environment and encourage participation. Previous archery skills are not required and students will become familiar with the compound bow.  Because  the class size is limited, students will receive personal coaching. If you have experience and wish to improve this is a great place to start.

View Al’s profile at Archery Canada from 2018


Participants will learn the proper stance, noching the arrow and drawing the hand properly to name a few and become confident  in their application in any shooting environment. Further, regardless of the style of archery, the techniques taught in this class will provide a solid base within the various types of shooting with modification. 

Ladies Archery Classes

Any lady who wants to try archery or improve their shooting form.

DATESMonday January 06, 13, 27 2020  February 03 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
LOCATION : WILLIAMS LAKE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION club house at 920 Bond Lake Rd Williams Lake
COST: Members – FREE, Non-Members – $10.00 drop-in fee per night
EQUIPMENT:  Bring your own bow and arrows OR we will supply at no cost

Gentlemen Archery Classes

Any gentleman who wants to try archery or improve their shooting form.

DATES: Monday – February 10, 17,  March 02, 09 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
LOCATION : WILLIAMS LAKE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION club house at 920 Bond Lake Rd Williams Lake
COST: Members – FREE, Non-Members – $10.00 drop-in fee per night
EQUIPMENT:  Bring your own bow and arrows OR we will supply at no cost

(or advise)

Call Al Campsall – 250-3929625


JOP Chair: Taryn