Hello, Easton Sports Development Foundation. I am writing to you with a huge “Thank you” for your support of the most successful camp season in the history of Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming (GSMW). You are the reason we were able to host a record number of campers and you are the reason hundreds of girls are now eagerly pursuing archery and other outdoor ventures beyond our camps.
To prepare for our camps’ archery programs, GSMW certified one Level II and six new USAA Level I archery instructors and hired an international staff member with archery instruction certifications in Scotland. GSMW hosted 522 residential campers during the summer of 2016 – almost 100 more than 2015’s enrollment. Of our 522 campers, about 95% participated in at least 2 hours of archery instruction and activity. Our campers each received a letter about the Easton Foundation’s generous equipment grant in addition to a list of ways for them to continue archery instruction throughout Montana and Wyoming.
After every camp session, we asked campers, “What was your favorite part of camp?” Atop the list of favorite activities at camp was “Archery”! Archery was followed closely by “making new friends.” We believe archery and making friends go hand-in-hand. Thank you so much for giving our staff and girls the opportunity to explore and share archery with others.
We already have plans to increase the capacity and magnitude of our archery programs in the coming camp seasons. Due to the popularity of archery at our camps, next year, we will offer an archery-focused camp where each day girls will spend at least four hours on archery instruction and activity. Our Casper, Wyoming camp, Camp Sacajawea, is within one mile of a BLM-managed archery range and field course, the Robert L. Adams Archery Range. I look forward to working with the BLM and the local archery club, the Lost Arrow Archers, to develop intensive programming unique to our Girl Scouts camps. From there, I know some of our campers will continue to participate and possibly compete in archery sports beyond the camp setting.
I have attached some of our best pictures of our campers using the awesome equipment the Easton Foundation granted us. The girls loved the equipment, and so did their families and our instructors! I know that at least half of our camp’s young instructors plan on pursuing archery recreationally outside of the camp setting, as well.
The Easton Sports Development Foundation has spurred a movement here in Montana and Wyoming. You will see our archers growing up, enjoying archery, and competing through the ranks in the years to come. We will update you on all our program developments throughout this year and further into the future. Thank you once again for your generous support that has enlivened a love of archery in hundreds of girls across Montana and Wyoming.