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Archery: It’s not Just for Boys!!!

Region 3, July 29, 2013
Girl Scout Troop 210 
Front Row Chassidy Powell and Melanie Griffith
Back row Destiney Graves, London Wright, Bailey Graves, Alyssa Montgomery, and Nanya Powell (Troop Leader)
Girl Scout Troop 210 Front Row Chassidy Powell and Melanie Griffith Back row Destiney Graves, London Wright, Bailey Graves, Alyssa Montgomery, and Nanya Powell (Troop Leader) - Photo Credit: n/a

Let me start by confessing something to you. Growing up I was one of four guys living in my house, and I may have had at some point in my life a “guys rule mentality”. Over the past 16 years of being the only guy in a house full of ladies (totaling 4), I have been humbled and have come to the conclusion that we guys have always been playing catch up to the gals. In light of my new paradigm, I was happy to host a Girl Scout archery camp for Troop 210 during July. Troop 210 is comprised of 6 young ladies ranging in age from 6 to15. Using the National Archery in the Schools Program material, the girls learned archery safety and the 11 steps to archery success. As the week progressed, the girls of Troop 210 were given a shooting demonstration by two of Natchitoches Parish’s 4-H female competition archers (who also happen to be my daughters), were exposed to different bow types, and had the opportunity to shoot both compound and recurve bows. By the end of the week, several of the girls had expressed an interest in continuing archery during the school year. I informed them about the Archery in Louisiana School Program and then followed up by going to all of their schools and talking with each school’s principal or vice principal about the archery program. Appointments have been set up with the principals and teachers, after schools start back, for more detailed conversations about the archery program with the hopes of starting archery programs in all Natchitoches Parish Schools.

Contact Info: Tony Brady, (318)352-5324, tony_brady@fws.gov