interview with Joella Bates by Anne Marlowe
I see on social media
you are super busy, so tell me what you have been doing?
Joella: I’ve been on the road teaching archery in
conjunction with my JoCamps Archery Boot Camps business and youth programs. I
love visiting bow shops and stores that sell hunting, shooting and fishing
products. I enjoy finding and trying new and interesting products that can
enhance my outdoor experience and sharing products that I use and believe give
both me and others an advantage.
I am actively working to improve my shooting and teaching
skills. I recently attended the USA Archery Coaches Symposium in Salt Lake
City, UT. There, I was exposed to new concepts and approaches that I am incorporating
in my shooting and archery programs. I was thrilled to meet many coaches from
around the USA and the world. My biggest highlight was meeting and conversing
with our USA Men’s Olympic Team Head Coach, KiSik Lee. As we speak, I am within an hour’s
drive of where I attended my USA Level 3NTS coach training which opened my eyes
to the USA Olympic method of shooting. Now, I am preparing to attend the USA
Level 4 NTS Coach Training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
Please fill me in
with your archery background (your credentials)
Joella: My first time shooting a bow was as the summer after
my 9th grade year at 4H Conservation Conference in Milan, TN. I had won snack
money off the guys at the rifle range, so the group leader suggested that I go
try archery too. With little instruction other than keeping the arrow pointed
down range and don't let go of the string without an arrow attached, I went
home black and blue but intrigued. Since all active 4Hers are interested in
winning their way to State Roundup, I saw archery as a way that I could
accomplish that feat. After camp, I took dad's bow and arrows to the front yard
with a small rectangular hay bale for a backstop and began shooting. It was
difficult, but I drew the bowstring until it stopped back beyond my ear, before
losing the string. If you know archery, you can just imagine the beating that my
bow arm took. It looked like I had been on the receiving end of a butt
In 1983, dad bought me an Indian compound. Not knowing any
better, I drew that 31-inch-draw-length bow way back behind my ear. I only
thought that I had bruises before! Years later, I found that bow under a thick
covering of dust in the basement.
In 1989, at the suggestion of Steve Nifong, the Tennessee
Wildlife Resources Agency training officer, I tried archery again with the goal
of getting good enough for him to take me bowhunting. I told him of my other
bad experiences, so with Steve’s guidance, I shopped at an archery pro shop,
Odell’s Outdoorsman in Cookeville, TN. Odell Braswell fitted me to a High Country
Trophy Hunter compound bow at my draw length. After he rigged the bow with an
arrow rest, peep and sight, he chose a Pro Injector release aid, an armguard, and
some sample arrows. Behind the store was an outdoor range with flat targets,
that Odell used to create a positive first experience with the potential archer
and the bow they were considering purchasing. At close distance, he guided me
through shooting my first arrows. Within 30 minutes, I was ready to buy the
bow. Because he showed me the right way to keep from beating myself up and
helped me be successful hitting the target, I was excited and now hooked on
archery. My archery catapulted to a new level. Failures on the first two deer
in a bowhunting situation just made me determined to succeed.
My first archery deer was a 7-point buck. It received the 7th
arrow that I launched during my first season bowhunting. Even though it didn’t
hit anywhere near where I was aiming, the heavy blood trail easily led me to
the trophy which I recovered with the aid of my Mammie and two very young
children. For many years, the three of us would trail and recover all deer that
I shot on the home place in Waverly, TN.
The opportunity to represent ASAT Camo in a team bowhunting
event that was to take place in LA (lower Alabama) opened my world to the sport
of 3D archery. Each team included a female bowhunter, so I was determined to be
an asset to my team…not a liability. The prize of an all-expense-paid elk hunt
was incentive enough for me to practice my shooting to become the best that I
could be. Since the event would include shooting at 3D targets, I sought out
places to shoot 3D. During 1991, I took a job with TVA as an environmental
scientist which required moving near Chattanooga, TN. During the house hunt, I
found a duplex in Hixson, TN with the perfect yard for shooting archery; it was
there that I acquired the skills to become a much better archer and bowhunter,
but only after I experienced finishing last and losing most of my arrows at my
first of many 3D tournaments.
My determination to succeed took me from last to first in my
second 3D tournament. Equipment trouble and the need to find a bow technician
who I could depend on to help maintain my gear lead me to Red Man Archery in
Ringgold, GA. Blacky soon put me on the store shooting staff. Most days, my
after-work routine was to pick up the kids from KinderCare, buy dinner and go
to Red Man Archery where I would shoot until dark or end the evening shooting
under the floodlights. By late summer of 1992, I routinely was the female
archer to beat and then THE archer to beat.
Tell me about your
championships and a quick background into the organization that you have won
Joella: Conversations among the guys about competing in the IBO
3D World Championship intrigued me, so I became determined to also check it
out. I traveled over 7 hours to shoot a qualifier that would enable me to shoot
the IBO World Championship (http://www.ibo.net/)
in Anniston, AL, but becoming stricken with viral meningitis just days before
the event created a much different outcome than I had planned. Again, my world
expanded when I met and shot with Tim Strickland, the coach who had recently
returned from guiding the American Olympic hopefuls to medals at the Pan Am
Games. Tim turned me on to competing for money at the national level in the
inaugural year of the ASA (Archery Shooters Association) tour. (https://www.asaarchery.com/)
Archery became an obsession with me. I set goals to become
the Female Amateur National Champion so I could shoot the Classic against the
women pros. I traveled to as many tournaments with my 6 and 8-year-old children
in tow. I practiced almost daily and shot tournaments with many distractions
that strengthened my power to focus. Another turning point occurred when I was
introduced to Dan Hart of Huntsville, AL; he became my coach and lifetime
friend. Eight days after my first lesson with Dan, I won the ASA Amateur
National Championship and the next month, I won the IBO World Championship in
the Female Bowhunter Class.
In 1994, I went pro and began competing against the best
women compound shooters in the US. At the end of the season, just two weeks
before the 3D World Championships, I was faced with the ultimatum that I had to
decide between being an environmental scientist on the Elk River Watershed
River Action Team with TVA or being a professional archer. I had just read the
book, “Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow.” I took that advice. I resigned
from TVA and won $7,000 over the next two weekends with a 3rd at IBO
World and I claimed the ASA Classic to take my first Professional World
Championship as a rookie. In 1995, my job was shooting archery. I worked hard
to be successful. I worked out at Harvey’s Gym in Columbia, TN five days a
week. After breakfast, I studied archery, judged distance and shot my bow.
After a short nap, I would do more shooting and judging then spend afternoons
and evenings focused on Bo and Jana. During the offseason from 3D, I would shoot in an indoor
league. The hard work proved to be beneficial, with me winning $35,000 and three
additional Worlds in 1995: IBO Indoor, IBO Indoor Team, and the ASA Classic. I
became the ASA Woman Pro Shooter of the Year as well as being named 3D and
Target Archery’s Woman Shooter of the Year. In 1998, I again focused on
training with much gym work and pounding targets on my home range. It worked to
garner me nine straight podium finishes to start the year and $42,000 in
In 2001, I accepted the challenge to pursue Black Death, the
African Cape buffalo with only a bow and arrows. Again, I hit the gym and
trained to become the first woman to successfully arrow a Cape with an 85-pound
Mathews Ultra II. With continued weight training and lots of shooting, by 2003,
I had worked my way to accurately shooting a Mathews Safari at 104 pounds in
preparation for bowhunting an elephant. Feeling invincible, I arm wrestled a
big dude on Valentines Day evening that ended tragically. Without either of us
being able to take the other down, my male opponent stood up and slammed my
hand down. Never expecting him to pull an unethical shenanigan, I continued to
resist until the loud pop was heard and I felt excruciating pain in both my
chest and right triceps. Within a split second, my career changed. I knew that
I was hurt but still chose to shoot and win a competition the following day.
The following week, I struggled to even shoot 40 pounds for the BE A WINNER
motivational programs and shooting seminars that I conducted in Birmingham, AL
for Bob Coker’s Turkey Classic.
In March, I was offered a free bison hunt in Saskatchewan. I
refused it initially, but I was convinced to accept the offer when the
outfitter assured me that I could shoot it with whatever I chose. The
stipulation was for me to publish the story. By this time, I was counting
species taken with my bow. I thought it would be cool to bow hunt the bison.
Since I had a 72-pound bow sighted in, I justified that I only had to be
certain that I could draw it. I shot just enough to ensure it was hitting on
target. After three or four shots, the right side of my face tingled and
numbed. The hunt was on. Amid snow and single digit temperatures in
Saskatchewan, I successfully shot the bison at 20 yards.
My comeback was on. During the spring, I arrowed Kansas Rio
Grande turkeys and a Nebraska Merriam turkey. A few months later, I found
myself bowhunting 11 animals and filming a promotional video in Africa with
Africa Active Safaris. On the last day bowhunting Africa, the outfitter
received a call offering me the opportunity to bow hunt an injured elephant on
the nearby National Park. It was heartbreaking to turn down a free elephant
hunt, but being unable to draw the required bow weight, prevented me from realizing
my dream at that time.
After taking an assignment to write an equipment review on
the Bear Instinct, I began to get the bug to compete in 3D again. I decided I
would test my skills with a hunting bow against my women pro competitors.
Having been challenged by an audience member at a seminar in New Orleans, I
decided to shoot the Bear Instinct outfitted with a moveable sight and short
stabilizer at the first leg of the IBO Crown in Bedford, IN in May 2004 to
prove my point. When the guy threw an insult at me that anyone could shoot the
fancy bows and win, I assured him that the best shooters could shoot basically
any bow well. I had not seen or shot at a 3D target since the Turkey Classic
the previous year, but I finished 4th with one miss. Momentarily, I
lost focus during the let-down and my back-tension release aid prematurely
fired the arrow which deflected off the back of the alligator target. Despite
that shot, I had proved that the Dan Hart judging method prevents horrendous
judging errors. I was more determined than ever to share my knowledge with
I found myself traveling, hunting, fishing, speaking, and
writing. I wasn’t getting rich in dollars, but certainly was living my dream
making rich and lasting memories. My communication skills and abundance of
outdoor contacts opened many doors including opportunities to represent
companies and sell their products. I moved to Kentucky to work in sales and
marketing when a chance meeting at the magazine counter opened a new door. At
Tractor’s Supply, I met a lady who struck up a conversation with me about the
archery shirt that I was wearing. She had a friend with a boy that loved
archery. She said that her friend wanted to find a coach for her son. I gave her
my business card and a few days later, I met the family and the boy. After four
months of coaching, Austin Nolen and Caylee Marshall, Austin walked on stage to
claim his 2nd place medal at the NASP World Championship in Orlando,
FL. With coaching the kids, I had found my calling and a new personal
inspiration. My self-image reflected the new confidence that my revived spirit
possessed. I was lean and fit to take on all of life’s challenges.
In June of 2011, I accepted an invitation to assist with a
Free Fishing Day Derby in Heber Springs, AR. My friend David Mitchell, best
known as Mountain Man, had arranged several trout fishing opportunities which
supplied story material. He introduced me to a young friend who had recently attended
guide school where he became a certified hunting guide. At the Mountain Man
cabin, the three of us shot bows. I tuned Jake’s bow and taught him how to work
on it along with providing several shooting tips to help him improve as an
archer. Jake was very anxious to provide exceptional service to the hunters
that he would guide, so he soaked it in.
David dusted off the old Pearson recurve that hung on the
wall of the Mountain Man cabin and brought it outside. He challenged me to a
shooting contest. I was a compound shooter, but I had little experience with a
traditional bow. I accepted his shooting challenge. Since I had taught Austin
to shoot his Genesis bow using a tab with his fingers, I just applied that
technique as I shot the recurve. It was very intriguing and challenging. I held
my own. Jake had a self-bow which Gene Steed also of Camden, AR had custom
made. Jake asked if I would shoot one if he helped Mr. Gene make me one. I
graciously accepted the show of his gratitude.
In August, I touched her for the first time. “The First
Lady” was a beautiful bitternut hickory bow backed with deer sinew and timber
rattlesnake skin. I fell in love with her almost mystical arrow flight. Within
a month, while conducting a shooting demonstration at the Lindsay’s Resort
Outdoor Kids Retreat, I proclaimed to outdoor writer and radio personality “Tom
Cat” Tommy Garner that one day, I would return to competitive archery and win
my sixth world championship with a traditional bow. I did that in 2016.
Now, I have claimed 11 3D Archery World Championships in
four different classes. I have arrowed 80 different species while bowhunting.
I'm the first and only lady bowhunter to arrow the Big 5 of Africa, the first
to arrow a Turkey Grand Slam and an African Cape buffalo.
What made you want to
Joella: There were a series of occurrences that lead to my
decision to officially start JoCamps. After the arm-wrestling incident, I
really didn’t know what I was going to do to earn an income. With prayer and
God’s vision, I changed my focus to writing, speaking, teaching and bowhunting.
I knew that I could take my archery and bowhunting knowledge and share it with
others to help them shoot better for competition and bowhunting. I increased my
efforts to book speaking engagements and acquire writing assignments. I started
booking more shooting clinics. They weren’t called JoCamps, but the idea of
sharing the sport with others, became my lifeline.
Successfully teaching good archery to Austin and Caylee in
Kentucky was very fulfilling. Then teaching Jake to tune bows and shoot better
for bowhunting had given me an immense feeling of accomplishment very similar
to what I felt when I won archery tournaments and even World Championships. In
2012, I traveled to South Alabama, where, as a guest trainer for a summer
archery camp, I trained six parents as BAIs (Basic Archery Instructors) for
NASP. Together, I oversaw instruction for the 62 kids at Saint Luke’s Episcopal
School. The following year, I was elated to learn that one of those parent’s
had coached the elementary school to an Alabama State Championship.
I desired to have a profound influence on preserving and
protecting our outdoor heritage. When I read of S3DA’s formation, I emailed
Jennie Richardson about her new program. Receiving no answer until January
2015, my husband shared the news of an instructor training for S3DA that would
be held on Super Bowl Sunday in Pegram, TN. Right after he told me,
insightfully, he booked my flight from Las Vegas back to Nashville where I
became a certified Basic and Advanced instructor for S3DA. Just a few days
later, Jennie asked me to become the state coordinator for Arkansas. I traveled
between Tennessee and Arkansas to begin program expansion. Before long, Mike
Lundeen became the S3DA National Director and offered me the chance to travel broadly
and train instructors and state coordinators, helping expand S3DA opportunities
to communities all over the eastern United States.
My first certified instructor candidates completed their training
at Taylor’s Archery in Tullahoma, TN. They wanted more hands-on learning, so I
offered to conduct an Archery Boot Camp in their town. Graduates of the Taylor’s
Archery Boot Camp “earned their stripes.” Pictures flooded Facebook. I spread the
word at the Tennessee NASP State Championship. I trained Mount Juliet NASP
coaches to become instructors, so their kids could join S3DA and have more
opportunities to compete in 3D. Following the Archery Boot at Old Hickory
Bowman Club in Hermitage, TN, more pictures of happy Archery Boot Camp(ers)
found their way to Facebook.
By the summer of 2015, my husband Joe Breneman and I continued
actively looking for other opportunities for me to travel to communities that
were willing to host an Archery Camp. We knew that I needed a Website and
Facebook page to promote my rapidly expanding business. Since both of us are “Joe’s,”
we tossed around name ideas containing JOE. After internet searches, together
we came up with JoCamps as a name.
Joe had previously designed me a t-shirt to sell at events.
We decided to sell them, but also give each JoCamps’ participants at my Archery
Boot, so we asked the designer if he could create a JoCamps logo. He found an
interesting font and I suggested it be combined with a silhouette of me helping
my grandson Laken Crowell shoot a longbow.
Years ago, I had that photo of us taken specifically to be used
in the local newspaper to promote a local fair appearance where I invited kids
to shoot archery. The photo captured what had been my mission and focus for
years, my philosophy of passion on passion. It started with me and my children,
Bo and Jana Bates. Then passed to every child who I could get interested in
shooting with me. Even before my first grandson, Laken was born, one of my
industry friends gave me a bow for him. When he was very young, I taught him to
shoot. Then as a 4-year old, Laken taught my 75-year-old Mammie to shoot a bow.
Laken reminded his great-grandmother the same thing that I had on many
occasions imparted to him, "You can hit the target if you will just listen
and do what I tell you to do." I can hear it now, “Mammie, just listen!”
My passion is sharing and teaching archery and passing on
the outdoor lifestyle to others. I have introduced 100s of thousands of kids to
archery since 1993. I’ve trained over 200 archery instructors since 2015. I’ve taught
archery to hundreds of youngsters in my JoCamps Archery Boot Camp program.
You know that having experienced such a rough beginning in
archery is what has motivated me to start my mobile JoCamps Archery Boot Camp
business. I don't want people to start archery without finding a good pro shop
with knowledgeable staff who can provide for their individual needs, creating a
turn-off from the sport. I don't want anyone to feel the pain of doing it wrong
and the frustration of losing or breaking expensive arrows to run them away
from trying archery. Starting wrong, with ill-fitting equipment can be
expensive. I provide proper guidance, and stand behind my statement that, no
matter what brand or kind of bow someone shoots, I can help them shoot it
Many of us older gals have overcome the obstacles that stood
in our way. Women are being treated with more respect and taken seriously as
outdoor consumers. My nightmare of being told, "Little lady, you need to
just shoot, this don't matter to you," told to me by the owner of a bow
shop many years ago was demeaning and frustrating. I was later told how proud
he was of me for my archery accomplishments and for sticking it out when many
men resented my rise to archery success.
Who are the camps
designed for and how do you run them?
Joella: JoCamps are designed to teach archery skills to
beginners, intermediate and advanced archers and can be customized to meet the
specific needs of the team or group. For instance, I have done JoCamps to
address the needs of archers preparing for ASA, IBO, NFAA, NASP, S3DA, 4H and
the Youth Hunter Education Challenge. I also do JoCamps focused on teaching
archery shooting skills for bowhunting.
JoCamps incorporate the National Training System shot
process that is used by USA Archery to prepare our American archers for
international and Olympic competitions. My objective is to systematically teach
using methods that bring quicker more consistent success to archers of any
skill level while keeping all participants engaged in learning skills that will
benefit them in archery.
I offer multiple sessions at a location with participants of
similar skill levels being grouped together and/or archers from the same team
the option to train together.
Instead of an archer experiencing years of failures learned
from the school of hard knocks, I promote learning a method that gets archers on
target quickly, which tends to keep more folks in the sport. With all of the
distractions on our time, experience shows that folks gravitate toward
activities that provide instant gratification. JoCamps can't ensure that you
will have instant success, but I strive to get you as close to instant
gratification as I can.
How long are JoCamps?
Joella: I offer
JoCamps as both an after school one evening or multiple evenings all the way up
to multiple day events held for a whole week or even a weekend. To accommodate
more archers while I am in an area and to provide more focused attention on
each JoCamps attendee, I recommend breaking the time into 2-hour sessions for
most Elementary archers and either 3-hour or 4.5-hour sessions for Middle,
Junior High, High School or College archers. I find that consecutive days with
the session lasting 4.5 hours tends to be difficult for archers just getting
started or for shooters whose bodies are not conditioned to shoot for a long
period of time. Two or three days of 3-hour sessions seem to provide the most
benefit and engagement with archers. Adult archers or experienced youth archers
benefit from an all-day weekend or week-long camps.
How many kids can you
work with at a time etc.?
Joella: It takes a minimum of 10 archers for
me to travel and conduct a JoCamp. If I am traveling over 300 miles, the cost
increases slightly and for distances over 500 miles, both the minimum number of
archers increases to 15 or possibly more and the cost is slightly higher.
I divide the sessions into smaller groups with up to 10 kids
in a session, but with assistance from additional trained instructors, the
group size can increase to up to 20 kids. If there are more than 10 kids
attending a JoCamps Archery Boot, I will divide the group into smaller numbers
for each session. If more than 20 kids are attending, I will conduct as many as
3 sessions per day.
Where does the
equipment come from and what is the cost for a program?
Joella: In most cases, the archers supply their own
equipment. If the group arranges an Explore Archery Option, I can provide
equipment or arrange for loaner equipment.
The cost is variable depending on the number of participants
and length of exposure. A 9-hour camp ranges from $150 up to $250 per
participant. Contact me at www.jocamps.com
to get pricing based on your needs. Special pricing is available for
after-school programs. Week-long camps can also be arranged and pricing is
variable depending on your specific program requests.
Joella: I gladly schedule JoCamps for recreation,
competition and bowhunting, for
both adults and children. I do events for couples and parent/children that are
designed to address the skill set that will make the sport enjoyable for your
instructor training for teachers and parents wishing to work with youth.
Combining a JoCamps and instructor training opportunity into a single trip
makes for a very effective and efficient learning environment.
How are instructors
Joella: I can train instructors for S3DA, USA
Archery, Centershot Ministry Program and anyone desiring to work with summer
programs or camps with minimum ages varying depending on the organization.
Training requirements vary depending on the desired certification. Minimum
times are 8 hours in a single day and 2 days for USA Archery Level 2 or S3DA
Advanced Instructors. Contact me at www.jocamps.com
for more details.
Where do you see
JoCamps in the future?
Joella: I envision conducting more JoCamps around the country
and internationally. I do envision training instructors and providing JoCamps
Active Archery certifications. I plan to conduct large JoCamps at colleges or
other large properties that will be staffed with certified instructors who are
trained to administer my training method.
I will be conducting some “ARCHERY
ALL STAR” camps aimed at giving more skilled archers and teams a more advanced
learning opportunity to prepare them to have a competitive advantage at
national and international events. There will also be JoCamps
Archery Boot Camp Learn and Hunt events that will include an archery
shooting skills learning opportunity followed with a skills application hunting
opportunity several months later. Maybe I will franchise JoCamps someday.
How do JoCamps differ
from other programs of the same type?
Joella: I travel to communities around the USA instead of
requiring the whole team or group to come to me. It makes it much less costly
when the archers don’t have to pay travel and lodging beyond their hometowns or
area. Additionally, JoCamps Archery Boot Camps participants will be engaged in
archery skill development to include stretching, strength building, cardio as
well as bow shooting to prepare archers to become archery athletes possessing a
competitive advantage in their respective disciplines. JoCamps teaches proper
fitness and healthy lifestyle choices with the intention of providing outdoor
engagement and enjoyment.
What are some of your
favorite moments while doing JoCamps?
Joella: My mind
goes back to the first Archery Boot Camp at Taylors where we provided almost
all equipment. I spent so much time turning poundage up and down. Few kids had
eaten any breakfast, so they were yawning and out of energy. All week, it was
blazing hot and the kids consumed mass amounts of water because I kept making
them drink. We lost lots of arrows, but they had fun. By day two, kids
remembered what they had learned about eating to win; they ate protein and
munched on fruit which yielded more energy to keep going. On the final day, the
kids ran an obstacle course and shot bows that were waiting at each target
station. I had a difficult time running behind them filming with my video
camera. They wore me out. Just as soon as one would complete the course,
another would go. They were so anxious to try to better their best time and
score. I come to the realization that kids DID love running, exercising and
shooting archery. At our graduation ceremony, I presented certificates and
Sandy painted stripes on their faces. Our star of the show was a 5th
grade girl who embraced the shot process and excelled.
Practicing using obstacles prepares archers to deal with the
adrenaline coursing through their veins during the heat of competition, so I
add obstacles before shooting the final scoring round of the JoCamps. Archers focus on controlling their
breathing then making their shot. The funny thing is most archers rise to the
occasion and shoot better.
I am always thrilled when I receive a precious message from a
camp attendee. I must share this one with you. Christopher Edwards from Norwood
wrote, “…I went to one of your camps back in June. I have been practicing quite
a bit since. This evening I shot this group at about 30 yards. I wanted to say
thank you and I definitely believe in your methods. Thanks for helping me step
up my game. Also, yesterday, with some extra warm-up rounds, I shot a 291. I am
ecstatic with the improvements I’m making, thanks to you and the good Lord. I
agree. I haven't changed a thing since camp and I’m reaping the rewards. You
don't know how excited I was to show you.”
What can others do to
spread the word and share my information with parents, teachers, coaches,
churches and young folks interested in becoming better archers and learning new
life skills. Financial contributions are always welcome and help provide
opportunities for well deserving, but financially strapped individuals.
Donations of gently used equipment are welcomed and will be passed on or used
to provide less fortunate or newbies with opportunities to explore archery.
If you have a facility that you would like to make available
or you have a group that you want to schedule a JoCamps Archery Boot Camp for,
or if you are an outfitter and wish to host a JoCamps Archery Boot Camp Learn
and Hunt event, please contact me through the Contact Me section of www.jocamps.com website.
I would love
for anyone interested, to become a sponsor of JoCamps. Every person who attends
receives a JoCamps T-shirt with sponsor logos or names on the back. I also need
several portable pop-up canopy’s or tents to protect archers from weather
elements for outdoor events.
How do people contact
you and how can they host a JoCamp?
Joella: Contact me through the contact page on www.jocamps.com or email me at email@example.com. It takes organizing a
group of at least 10 people or being willing to divide the difference among the
participants, so I can come to your community. I require a $500 deposit for me
to hold a date on my calendar. I will provide you a contract with the specifics
and require payment in full, to reach me at least a week in advance of the
first day of camp. If more persons above the minimum desire to attend the
JoCamps, they can either pay through www.jocamps.com
store or pay by cash, check or credit/debit card at the beginning of the first
day of camp.
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Anne Marlowe has been an outdoor writer for 15 years. She writes about
hiking, hunting, travel, great places to eat and whatever else catches her
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