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September 23, 2010

National Head Coach, Resident Athletes Instruct Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders on National Training System

Fort A.P. Hill, nestled in the rolling hills of Caroline County, Virginia seemed a fitting site for the Boy Scouts of America's 2010 National Scout Jamboree, which was attended by over 40,000 Boy Scouts and 25,000 volunteers and staff. This year, participants received a special treat, as six USA Archery Resident Athletes, two Junior Dream Team Members, National Head Coach KiSik Lee, Guy Krueger and Ha Park also attended the Centennial Jamboree.

Resident Athletes Joe Fanchin, Nick Kale, Peter Kelchner, Heather Koehl, Kristin Braun and Jacob Wukie, along with Junior Dream Team Members Michelle Gilbert and Kit Flick, spent three days working with Scouts, instructing at four different archery centers onsite. Along with Coach Lee, Guy Krueger and Ha Park, the group also trained over 80 Boy Scout Instructors on the basics of the National Training System. 

Gilbert and Flick, along with the Resident Athletes, spoke to Scouts about their involvement in archery and life experiences, and encouraged participants to become involved with Junior Olympic Archery Development. The athletes and coaching staff who participated flew directly from Target National Championships and the U.S. Open to the Jamboree, completing a whirlwind two weeks of travel. 

"We were pleased to have the opportunity to teach archery to so many Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders," said Coach Lee. "With over 65,000 people gathered to celebrate 100 years of scouting, it was the perfect opportunity to educate scouts and instructors about the National Training System and opportunities within the sport of archery." 

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