"The Range"

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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



Unfortunately there will NOT be a youth JOP program run in Williams Lake for 2020 / 2021

The WLSA Board met Sept 14 and it was decided that with covid-19 restrictions, the popularity of the program, not knowing how to fairly scale it back, and a lack of certified coach volunteers as required by the BC Archery Association, we couldn’t find a way to make it work.
Sorry everyone – hopefully the situation will change but for now, JOP will NOT BE STARTING in October as it used to.

The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association has been supremely supportive of our 45 student 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 Campsall – 2020-02-01 at 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 


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