Girl Scouts Officially Open New Archery Range at Camp Skimino

On Saturday, June 4, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new archery range at Girl Scout Camp Skimino in Williamsburg. The new range was made possible thanks to a generous donation made by Girl Scouts and their families in the Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit in Virginia Beach. Carol Watkins, a Girl Scout volunteer in the Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit, and her husband Thurston, also made a separate generous donation for an archery range at Camp Darden, located near Franklin.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was part of a weekend encampment attended 251 Girl Scouts and 115 Girl Scout adults, mostly from Virginia Beach. Tracy Keller, CEO for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, and a group of Girl Scouts cut the ribbon to officially open the range. Following the ceremony, girls exchanged SWAPS, small tokens of friendship made by and shared among Girl Scouts. Favorite SWAPS included a miniature bow and arrow set, a jellyfish with yarn tentacles and turtles made from coiled pipe cleaners. During their weekend at camp, the girls had the opportunity to hone their archery skills on the new range.

In keeping with its tradition of encouraging girls to be active outdoors, Girl Scouts of the USA introduced a new set of badges last year, including an Archery badge for Girl Scout Cadettes. Through the processes of earning the badge, middle school-aged girls get to know archery equipment, learn about archery safety and hone their archery skills on a range, such as the one at Camp Skimino. After earning the badge, girls can teach younger girls about archery skills and safety and volunteer to help facilitate archery sessions.

Girls who attend summer camp at Camp Skimino, which kicks off on July 3, will have the opportunity to use the new range to learn archery, just one of the many activities at Girl Scout camp. All girls are invited to attend summer camp with Girl Scouts, including those who are not currently members of the organization. For more information and to register, visit

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