Family/Young Adult Camp - Anamosa, IA -

Family/Young Adult Camp
Anamosa, IA

Cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

July 31 – Aug 2, 2020

Youth Age 12 – 17

Adult 18+

Cost – $175 per individual

Family rate is available: Two adults plus 1 child $400, $50 for each additional youth participant

We ask that one adult accompany every two children.

Summer camps are not just for youth! We have a camp designed for young adults and families who want to learn about bowhunting.

This three-day program is designed to give you some experiences that you may never have had before, or believed that you could do. Raised At Full Draw is designed for participants who have never shot a bow before or never been hunting. You will build confidence by learning how to properly shoot a bow and arrow, hike to a destination at night, learn how to set up a ground blind so you can go out hunting with your family or by yourself.

The Anamosa Bowhunters 3D archery range takes you up hills, down valleys and will give you great experience to practice different shots.

The goal of the camp is to pass on our knowledge and techniques to you, and allow you an opportunity to learn in a safe hands on environment. An environment where you get to practice immediately the skills you are being taught. In addition, there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively and learn all of the other attributes of ethics morals and values they come along with spending time outdoors. We want the you to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly we want you to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

Each of our RAFD camps are unique to the location where they are being taught. This Family Iowa camp is hosted in a different location that the other Iowa camps as we partnered with Anamosa Bowhunters.

Our camp will follow the curriculum of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) book which is titled “Todays Bowhunter”. The daily schedule will consist of stations for each chapter in the book and nightly activities that will directly relate to the lessons that were taught earlier in the day. Participants that need or want a bowhunter education certificate, will have the opportunity to leave camp with a (NBEF) certification that is recognized internationally. The state agency requires participants to be 12 and older in order to receive their certification.

As you can see, this program is designed for participants both adults and youth who have no or limited bowhunting experience. If want to be learn more about archery and bowhunting, you are looking for this Raised At Full Draw Family / Young Adult camp!

*Thank you to all those who support the family / young adult camp.*

Raised At Full Draw offers partial assistance through our scholarship program to prospective campers with financial, spiritual and emotional need. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to attend camp. We would like to encourage you to reach out to your local ?critter club? or outdoor groups and see if they would sponsor the individual to attend. Some groups to contact may include, Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Pheasants Forever, Whitetails Unlimited etc. Please fill out the registration form below to apply for a summer camp scholarship.

CAMP Address: 2548 Elderberry Ave , Winterset IA 50273

DIRECTIONS FROM WINTERSET At the 4-way stop (HWY 92 and HWY 169) on the west side of Winterset, travel west on Hwy 92 toward Greenfield (approximately 7 miles) until you intersect Deer Run Trail (Macksburg Hwy). Turn Left or (south) at that intersection, travel 3 miles to the intersection of Carriage Trail. Turn left (east) and travel 2 miles until you run right into camp.

DIRECTIONS FROM MACKSBURG Head North out of town on Deer Run Trail (Only paved road going north). Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Carriage Trail. Turn right (east) on Carriage Trail and travel 2 miles until you run right into camp.

Things to Bring (Proper Gear)

We look forward to having you at the Raised At Full Draw Camp this year! The following information will ensure that you will have everything you need at camp this year: ***LABEL ALL GEAR WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME!***

  • Medications (no glass please!) – these will need to be checked in with the camp nurse at check-in

  • Tent (with stakes and rain fly, for stormy conditions)

  • Sleeping bag and pad, pillow

  • Personal items: clothing, extra socks, etc. (enough for 4 days)

  • Warm jacket for mornings and evenings

  • Sturdy, CLOSED-TOED shoes for being outside

  • Rain gear

  • Towel and Bathing suit for showering

  • Toiletries

  • Camp chair

  • Insect repellant, Sunscreen, Lip balm

  • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries

Optional Items

  • Archery equipment (If your own bow is being brought, please have your accessories, finger tab or release, arrows with field points (no broad heads) and case)

  • Fishing gear (may not be available)

  • Compass

  • GPS unit

  • Daypack

  • Personal Game Calls

  • Camera


Please contact the RAFD if you do not have any of the items listed on the “what to bring” list of proper gear. We may be able to help you out, but we will need to know as soon as possible in order to accommodate.


All medication must be checked in with the camp nurse when campers arrive on Thursday. Please indicate any special instructions at that time. In certain cases, the camp nurse may be in contact with you prior to camp if the camper?s registration indicated that special accommodations may be needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RAFD prior to camp.

Any camper with dietary restrictions that may need to bring their own food must check those items in at check in on Thursday. Those items will be stored securely in the kitchen area.


You can register online and mail in payment by completing the online registration, but if you would prefer complete paper registration please print the following documents and mail in with payment.


  • Raised At Full Draw

  • 1221 E. Buchanan St

  • Winterset IA 50273


Check in will be from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Campers should be sure to stop at the check-in table when they arrive at camp. All medications and special accommodations will be reviewed at this point. Parents are allowed and encouraged to stay and help their child set-up their tents and campsite (we want your child to feel comfortable).

All meals, drinks and snacks will be provided beginning with lunch on Thursday and concluding with lunch on Sunday. Campers can be picked up anytime after noon on Sunday. An awards ceremony and lunch will be provided at noon and parents are welcome and encouraged to join.


The rules of the RAFD camp are listed below


  • Electronics (video games, iPods, etc.) Cell phones will be allowed, but will be checked in at the beginning of camp, and checked out for limited use (to check in with folks) at specified times during camp.

  • Alcohol, tobacco, or drugs of any kind, Knives, Firearms, Short shorts, Low-cut or cropped tops

  • Outdoor showers are provided, even though enclosed, kids may feel more comfortable showering with a bathing suit on(this is the only place bathing suits will be permitted).

  • RAFD camp does not have a dress code, however, if we feel that clothing is inappropriate in any way, we may ask the clothing be changed, if the camper disagrees they can be asked to be excused from camp.


  • No bullying, name calling, or foul language.

  • Respect your peers, volunteers and property.

  • Use the buddy system. Stay in groups of at least 3 people.

  • No boys and girls in tents together.

  • No boys in the girls shower area, and vice versa.

  • No game calls (camp often provides things that make noise, ie. Turkey calls etc…) after lights out.

  • Lights out at 10:30 pm unless camp programs run later.

All campers are expected to behave in a respectful manner while at camp. If at any point a child has broken the camp rules or demonstrates unacceptable behavior, they may be sent home from camp. Please alert the RAFD staff and volunteers of any issues that may arise. We understand that kids may get homesick, but we will not allow phone calls to home except during specified times, or in case of an emergency. Volunteers will be available around the clock, if needed. Some of the key rules to be aware of are below:


  • Co-ed tents, making out

  • Fighting or harassment of any kind

  • Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use

  • For all other infractions volunteers are trained to discipline in a “three strikes” manner.

  • Strike 1: Volunteers will document the situation and talk to the camper. Inform them that what they did was wrong and why. In some cases, the camper may be asked to sit out of an activity for a period of time.

  • Strike 2: Again, the volunteer will document the incident. At this time, the camper and volunteer may draft a behavior agreement where they discuss the problem and list ways to correct the problem as well as the consequences of further misconduct. This document will be signed by both the camper and the volunteer.

  • Strike 3: The camper’s parents will be notified that the child must be picked up as soon as possible and not return to camp. We need to be very respectful of the land we are camping on, therefore we ask that campers clean up after themselves and after each other, primarily around their camping area


All cancellations must be made six weeks prior to the camp start date. Cancellations after six weeks will be considered donations to camp and are non-refundable. Emergency cancellations will be considered and reviewed on a case by case situation.

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