BOW Intro Skills Weekend has openings

Maine Guide Steve Vose, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Instructor

Maine Guide Steve Vose stirs baked beans cooked at the campfire in Campfire Cuisine

The board of directors of Friends of Maine BOW met Wednesday Evening at the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Emily MacCabe, BOW coordinator for the state, gave us an update. There are still openings for Introductory Skills Weekend and a few of the workshops are full. The cut off date to apply for a $100 scholarship is August 23 (next Friday).

The workshops are great! I’ve taken Intro to Kayaking, Landscaping for Wildlife, Map & Compass, Campfire Cuisine (I co-lead with Steve Vose) and co-lead Outdoors Blogging & Writing with Erin Merrill. This will be my third year at Intro Skills. There are evening activities you can choose from including a night walk with Lou Falank. I’ve been on one of Lou’s night walks. We found insects that glow in the dark, looked at constellations and listened to night birds. Without flashlights, you depend on your senses of touch and hearing to get you down the road safely.

Erin Small leads the Firearms & Range Safety workshop.

The $225 fee covers lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday, all of the equipment, lodging in cabins and all workshops. There are drinks and snacks available between meals. The fee is low thanks to volunteer instructors who donate their time and sometimes their equipment and supplies. It’s a worthy cause. Come join us!

FMI: Email Emily MacCabe. Maine BOW. Facebook.

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.