No Cookies Here: This Girl Scout Builds a Trap Shooting Range for Her Community

Girl Scouts are well known for their cookies, but this one is more into firepower.

Lizzy Worthington is a member of the Girl Scouts and her high school trap shooting team the BGM Shotgunners.

Unfortunately for her, the closest range for her to practice at is 45 minutes away. Taking matters into her own hands, as well as opportunity, she fixed this problem by building her own range closer to home for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

“Go big or go home,” Lizzy told a reporter with KWWL.

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The Bear Creek Range took two years and $50,000 to build and while she said she wanted to quit the project many times, Lizzy is glad she stuck with it and hopes it will promote gun safety by teaching more people the proper way to handle firearms and shoot.

“I was a 16-year-old kid when I started,” she says. “It was just difficult. You look at something and you think, ‘I can’t do this’ which I definitely did with this, but just give it a little time and try a little harder.”

Thanks to her hard work and dedication to this project, Lizzy was chosen for the Girl Scout’s National Young Women of Distinction Award – an honor given to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrate extraordinary leadership, have a measurable and sustainable impact, and address a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue.

“I think this range will always be a part of me,” Lizzy said before concluding, “and maybe we’ll get some state champs around here, ’cause that’d be awesome!”

If you live near Malcom, IA you can join Lizzy and members of the Poweshiek County Sportsman’s Association (PSCA).

The open house at the Bear Creek Range located at 1159 US Highway 6, Malcom, IA on Saturday, August 5th from 9:00AM to 11:00AM. Coffee and donuts will be served and trap shooting will be available. The event is open to the public.

Click [HERE] to see Lizzy’s interview with KWWL.

Bearing Arms

Pretty epic, wouldn’t you say?


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