Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, 2013 Intro Skills Weekend

It’s time! Last year’s Introductory Skills Weekend filled quickly and had a long waiting list. Emily MacCabe, coordinator of Maine BOW, released the workshop schedule and registration form (opens a pdf file) this afternoon.

Part of the Hunter Safety program led by Erin Small

The cost of the weekend is $225. The fee includes meals from Friday’s through Sunday’s lunch, all equipment, bunking in a cabin, and all activities. There are four workshops, evening activities,

and plenty of free time to relax. Friends of Maine BOW holds a raffle and silent auction, and opens a store for BOW logo merchandise as part of their fundraising efforts. Some of the profit provide $100 scholarships to help cover the cost of the weekend for first-time participants with financial need. The scholarship application can be downloaded at Maine BOW’s website.

Archery is one of the most popular workshops.

Some of the workshops being offered are Firearm & Range Safety, Canoeing, Map & Compass, Nature Photography with Tammy Morris, Fly Casting with Maine Guide Bonnie Holding, Campfire Cuisine with Maine Guide Steve Vose and myself, Wood Crafts, Archery, Ropes, Outdoor Writing & Blogging with BDN bloggers Erin Merrill and myself, Landscaping for Wildlife and many, many more.

Craig Gerry taught Map & Compass.

If you’re considering coming to Introductory Skills Weekend I encourage you to register as soon as possible. It’s more than Skills. First time participants sometimes show up nervous and apprehensive, but when they leave Sunday afternoon they have new skills, increased self-esteem, more confidence and plans to come back the next year. I can’t say enough good about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman.

Maine Game Warden Kris MacCabe teaches ATV Safety

Maine Game Warden Kris MacCabe lead the ATV Safety workshop in 2012. He and other wardens filled in at the last moment when another instructor fell ill before the weekend.

Robin Follette

About Robin Follette

Maine Press Association award winner, 2013. Robin's Outdoors, Bangor Daily News, third place in Sports blogs. I grew up with a fishing pole in my hand and have always loved the outdoors. From gardening to hunting and fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and foraging, most of my time is spent outdoors. I teach outdoor skills as a volunteer instructor for Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Pro-staff at The Limb Grip. My personal blog is here. I'm currently working on my first book, a collection of short stories based on my outdoors experiences.