Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program

2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend 

The first BOW camp of 2018 is now open for registration. May 25th to 27th located at the beautiful Easter Seals Camp in Winfield BC.

Registration fills up quick so register today.  Visit us often for updates on future camps and registration forms. You'll want to register early to enjoy all the festivities.

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our BOW Provincial Coordinator.

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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

2016 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend

Winfield, BC, Easter Seals Camp - May 13-15, 2016 

The weekend was another huge success.  Some of the most popular course options included: ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe & Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting & Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe & Kayaking. 

The weekend would not be possible without the support and assistance of the local BCWF member clubs.  Many thanks to the Oceola Fish & Game Club (Winfield) volunteers & course instructors that made the participants feel comfortable and at ease in their courses.

2016 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend

The 2nd BOW weekend in 2016 was held in Abbotsford at the McLanlin Girl Guide Camp on Sumas Mountain September 9th -11th

There were 37 participants that took part in the weekend. The Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club assisted with the archery and shooting courses for BOW. Italian Sporting Goods supported the BOW weekend with the donation of ammunition for the shooting courses.

Have a few photos from a BOW weekend that you would like to see published on the BCWF website and BC Outdoors magazine? Feel free to email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Looking for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience for a special woman? Gift certificates for our upcoming Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) weekend workshop retreats are available, please call BCWF at (888) 881-2293.