Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program

2017 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend

Shawnigan Lake, BC, Easter Seals Camp - May 26-28, 2017REGISTRATIONS COMING SOON!

Looking for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience for a special woman? Gift certificates for our upcoming 2017 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) weekend workshop retreats are available, please call BCWF at (888) 881-2293.

2016 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekends Registrations Available

Abbotsford, BC, Camp McLanlin - Sept 9-11, 2016 - REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Click HERE to read the BOW 2015 report on the Lake Cowichan and Camp Jubilee weekends!

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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

Mark your calendars for the 2016 BOW weekends!

Abbotsford, BC - Sept 9-11, 2016

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. .

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