GRAND ISLAND —Flinging a tomahawk and landing it in a wood target takes practice and patience. From six paces away, even if your strides are small, a bullseye can be remarkably elusive once the hatchet leaves your hands.
Now, Girl Scouts can test their aim – and celebrate their achievements – at a new tomahawk course at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s Camp Cosmo.
“When you do get the tomahawk or hatchet to stick, the sense of accomplishment is so great,” said Julie Fuqua, a volunteer and mom to two Girl Scouts, who helped bring tomahawk-throwing to the council. “I’ve seen my girls get so excited as they keep practicing and stick the target.”
The new course opens with a sneak peek and open house from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Camp Cosmo, near Grand Island. Girl Scouts and the public are invited to try tomahawk throwing at the free event. Participants must be in fourth grade or older and must wear hard, close-toed shoes.
Fuqua, her husband and their two daughters, all of Shelton, have long practiced archery and recently branched out into tomahawk-throwing. When they discovered few places to practice their new skill, Fuqua approached the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska council about installing a course at camp.
Council staff worked with the Fuquas and others to install the course, which features two throwing lanes with safety webbing around the perimeter. Girl Scouts will learn throwing techniques through step-by-step instruction with a trained facilitator.
Fran Marshall, CEO of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, said the council loves to get feedback from girls and volunteers on improvements they would like to see at camps or in programming.
“Our girls are adventurous and creative and always looking for new challenges and fun experiences,” Marshall said. “Tomahawk-throwing is the latest outdoor experience we have added to Camp Cosmo at the request of our girls and volunteers.”
Though both of Fuqua’s daughters enjoy tomahawk throwing, she said her girls are polar opposites – yet are both able to find a place in Girl Scouts. And creating new activities for girls to explore is what is most important to Fuqua as a Girl Scout mom and volunteer.
“Anytime we can give girls an opportunity to try a new skill or interest, that opens a new door for them,” Fuqua said.
To learn more about the Sept. 9 event, Camp Cosmo or Girl Scouts, call 800.695.6690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.