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Girl Scouts archery program gets boost from popularity of Hunger Games
HOUSTON (June 13, 2012) –Long before Katniss used a bow and arrow in the box office block buster, The Hunger Games, and according to the Associated Press, "bumped archery to the forefront of pop culture," Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) was teaching girls to hit the mark with its Archers in Motion (AIM) Program.
Margaret Carrel, a Girl Scout alumna who has been a volunteer in the archery program for five years, has seen an increase in girls participating in archery since the release of the movie.
"Since the premiere of Hunger Games, the numbers have doubled in size and I hope they continue to grow," said Carrel.
As part of the AIM Program, girls age 8 and older, learn how to safely shoot a bow and take score. They also work towards earning distance medals - beginning at 10 meters and working their way to 60 meters. Members of AIM also help teach archery at different Council events throughout the year. AIM meets every third Sunday of the month at Camp Robinwood. Nestled in the woods of Willis, Texas, Robinwood is one of eight GSSJC camp properties.
"Participating in AIM teaches confidence and gives girls the ability to do anything they set their mind to," said Carrel.
In addition to AIM, Girl Scouts of all ages can learn the skill of archery during GSSJC resident, daylight and twilight camp sessions being offered this summer.
For more information about AIM and camp sessions offering archery, visit www.gssjc.org or call 713-292-0300.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the United States in 2012.
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