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Friday, April 1, 2016

Archery - Before there was a badge

In October, 2014 - 75 girls gathered for an interest meeting about archery.   150 girls participated in their first archery workshop.  In the last 2 months, 5 girls who started with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas archery program have gone to 2 different state championship tournaments.  Less than 15 months after 5 of the 50 Archery Club members joined, they have gone on to qualify and participate in state championship tournaments. 

Sydney Zapalac of Texas Star service unit has been with the club since January 2015.  During the Texas Field Archery Association state tournament in February she placed 3rd in her age division and bow class.  Her interest has grown and she now practices weekly with regular competitions. 
Carolyn Nguyen, Emma Quartaro, Sarah and Marie Young competed in the Texas Archery in the Schools Program tournament.  All 4 girls started with archery thru the Girl Scouts of Central Texas archery club.  They enjoyed it so much they got their parents and Girl Scout coach to lead a school NASP curriculum based team.  The 4 girls competed April 1st in Belton as part of the Texas National Archery in the Schools Tournament – the four girls qualified based on their individual scores during the qualifying tournament season. 
According to club volunteer, Jennifer Yanta, over 20 of the girls have competed in various archery tournaments during the year.  “We hope that more girls will join the club in the fall.”    Elizabeth Nguyen, Junior GS, feels that she is more confident as a result of being involved in the Girl Scout archery club and the opportunities as a result of that program.
Over 350 girls have gone thru the archery workshops and over 30 adults have been trained as Level 1 instructors with USAA archery.  This program would not be possible without all the adult volunteers.

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