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.
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!