Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program

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

2019 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend 

Registration is now open for the 2019 BOW Weekend!

Register Here!

This year's camp will be hosted at Camp Whonnock in Maple Ridge from May 24th to 26th, 2019.

If you have any questions, please email our BOW Provincial Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the office at 1-888-881-2293. 

2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend  

The first BOW camp of 2018 was held in sunny Okanagan and hosted by the Oceola Fish and Game Club on May 25th to 27th. 80 ladies were in attendance from all over the province at Camp Winfield (Lake Country).  The Oceola club provided fantastic instructors and volunteers for the weekend. We had two very special guests which included the Conservation Officer K-9 unit Staff Sgt. Major Josh Lockwood and Kilo and Scott Moran from Everything Wild.

A quote from a BOW participant  was “the weekend was above and beyond all of my expectations, and I will return and will bring others”. This was overall another great weekend for the women.

Over three quarter of the ladies that attended were new attendees to the program.

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 or contact the office at (888) 881-2293.

2017 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend

Shawnigan Lake, BC, Easter Seals Camp - May 26-28, 2017 

2017 saw a great year with our BOW program. 

The first event of the year took place at the Easter Seals camp at Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island from May 26th to 28th.  This was a complete sell-out at 72 participants.  It was also interesting to see that of the 72 participants, 38 were non-members.  When joining the BOW weekend, a membership is costed into the registration package.  


Maple Ridge, BC, Camp Whonnock - September 8-10, 2017 

The second event took place at Camp Whonnock in Maple Ridge.  We hosted 52 participants (capacity was 58) and 36 of whom were non-members at the time of registration. 

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.


Abbotsford, BC, Camp McLanlin Girl Guides Camp - September 9-11, 2016 

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.