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2015 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend - Thanks Everyone!

Thank you to everyone that came out for one of the two recent  BOW Weekends that took place at the Lake Cowichan Education Centre in Lake Cowichan and Camp Jubilee near Deep Cove / North Vancouver - we hope you had a great time and learned a ton!

Keep an eye out on this page in the coming days for a photo gallery from this year's events. Have a few photos from the weekend that you would like to see published on the BCWF website and BC Outdoors magazine? Feel free to email them to Corin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" (BOW) program is designed for women 19 years or older and provides them an opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.

Each BOW workshop offers a variety of outdoor related educational workshops for participants to select from in each of three areas: shooting and hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation courses.

Over the course of Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, BOW participants will attend four 3 1/2 hour pre-selected courses of their choice. Qualified Instructors conduct the courses ensuring that all participants enjoy a safe, positive, fun and educational experience and are taught in a very 'hands-on'’ way.

Each BOW weekend is an all-inclusive package; accommodation, meals, four hands-on courses and equipment are provided. BOW workshops are generally held at camps, the atmosphere is 'outdoorsy', but comfortable. Participants will stay in lodges, dormitories or cabins that may be rustic, but have modern basic amenities.

Participants are asked to bring their own sleeping bag/pillow and towels. Nutritious meals are provided and cooked by the camp staff. The focus on the weekend is learning in a comfortable atmosphere.

Each BOW location allows for new and interesting workshop topics.
Just to give you an idea of some of the traditional workshops offered, they are:

  • Basic Angling
  • Beginner Fly Fishing
  • Float Tube Fishing
  • Fly and Knot Tying

Shooting & Hunting:

  • Archery
  • Bow Hunting
  • Firearms Safety
  • Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship
  • Shot Gunning & Trap Shooting
  • Black Powder Shooting
  • Basic Hunting Skills
  • Wild Game Cleaning
  • Meat Cutting & Wrapping
  • Bird Dog Hunting

Outdoor Recreation Skills:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Boat, Motor & Trailer
  • All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Riding and Safety
  • Orienteering, Map & Compass
  • Wilderness Survival Techniques
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid
  • Outdoor/Wildlife Photography
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Wild Game Cooking
  • Backpacking & Hiking
  • Chainsaw & Ax Use
  • Cave Exploring
  • Wetland Ecology

Mark your calendars for the next BOW weekend taking place in Lake Cowichan, B.C., May 1st to 3rd, 2015!

Click here for a report on the BOW weekend held at the Easter Seal Camp in Winfield, BC June 3-5, 2011.
Click here for a report on the BOW  weekend held at Zajac Ranch  in Mission B.C. June 11-13, 2010.

If you are interested in the program and would like more information or if you are a club that would like to host a BOW weekend in your area, please contact BOW Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.