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Girl Scouts to Ask Permission for Archery in Glen Farm Park

Scouts disappointed that archery is not allowed in the park.

Portsmouth Girl Scouts are hoping the Town Council grants them permission for archery in Glen Farm Park.

The Town Council will review the request at tonight's Town Council meeting after Deborah Barandiaran, Portsmouth service unit manager, wrote a letter asking for the council to re-think the prohibition on archery in the town park.

"We never had an incident caused from our activities," Barandiarian wrote. "Archery has always been an activity that the girls love but I know first hand that the older girls on one troop have voted to not attend the campout due to the elimination of the archery activity."

The camp in question is the annual Service Unit Camp Out planned for the weekend of May 16 to 17. It's a popular event with more than 100 girls attending.

Barandiarian said she told the girls that archery was disallowed and it was "not well received" for a variety of reasons including the fact older girls liked having an event they were allowed to participate in.

The Girl Scouts uses Buckley Family Archery to conduct sessions and they would occur in a confined location with one-on-one instruction. 

"Everyone takes this event seriously and is proud to be a part of," Barandiarian wrote. "It also gave the younger girls a goal to work towards."

Barandiarian said safety concerns are addressed with adequate safety plans, the Girl Scouts carries insurance and "extreme care" is taken to keep the activity safe and separate from other events during the weekend.

She said the scouts are willing to post a permit in clear view to make sure passers-by know they have specific permission for the activity "so no one is under the assumption that the park is available for individual Archery activities" and said it's unfair to penalize the Girl Scouts because someone might see it and want to copy it.

And, she said, it's a shame that the older girls are disappointed because "it's not easy to keep girls in scouting during their high school years."

What do you think? Should the Girl Scouts be allowed to have archery in the park?

peter letendre April 14, 2014 at 08:30 AM
This is rediculous, the girls have been doing this sport for years with no issue. There are safety measures in place...... It's Girl Scouts !
BOB OBARA April 14, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Any activity that promotes scouting, for girls or boys, should be promoted by the town. Scouting is one of the last activities where teenagers learn leadership skills. All organized sports are now run by adults, officiated by adults and coached by adults.
Former Ports resident April 14, 2014 at 09:25 AM
if they don't allow it, ban the sale of cookies in the town
Bill the 1st April 14, 2014 at 04:42 PM
The Town of Middletown explicitly disallows all people under 19 from owning, buying, selling, posessing or using any air or string or spring or rubber band powered device. In other words, kids and 18 year-old adults aren't allowed to use bow and arrows or pellet guns, both of which are legal methods of take for hunting. Also, a pellet gun is technically a firearm in this State, therefore Middletown infringes on our rights. Don't believe me? http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Rhode%20Island/middletown_ri/titlexiiigeneraloffenses/chapter130generaloffenses?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:middletown_ri$anc=JD_130.65
Deborah Barandiaran April 14, 2014 at 09:38 PM
The Portsmouth Girl Scouts were given SPECIAL permission by the Town Council and The Glen Park Committee to hold the Archery this year. There will be signs posted stating that they obtained a permit to hold this event. Archery and guns are still not allowed in the Town Parks. Mr. Buckley extended an invitation to the Council and the Committee to join us and learn to shoot. Mrs. Barandiaran is extremely thankful to the Board for the permission granted.

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