By now, you probably are aware of how successful the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program has been in the last two decades. If not, let me quickly bring you up to speed.
BOW started more than two decades ago, and news of the program quickly spread like wildfire. Soon nearly every state, several Canadian provinces, and even locations around the globe, joined the program to host workshops. Women who had little to no experience with traditional outdoor activities have the opportunity to go to BOW workshops and learn from experts.
It is hard to say how many women have attended BOW workshops throughout the years, although it is safe to say that BOW truly changed the face of women in the outdoors with its very successful track record of teaching them the “how to” of outdoor activities. An added bonus was the ripple effect for businesses, manufacturers and wildlife agencies who have benefited from the surge of women who discovered, through BOW workshops, their hidden interest in the outdoors.
So what does a BOW graduate do when she wants to learn more or try something new? She goes BEYOND BOW. BEYOND BOW is exactly what it means. It is designed for smaller groups with a focus on a particular skill rather than a variety of skills. Those workshops and outings are perfect for women who have developed special interest in a particular activity and are ready to learn the additional skills needed to become an experienced outdoors woman.
BEYOND BOW teaches you how to take your basic skills to the next level. Yet it can go even farther. For instance, there are international BEYOND trips planned to such places as Belize, Baja and Iceland.
Beyond BOW is a great resource for women who are looking to take their new-found skills to the next level. However, finding a BEYOND BOW may be a bit of a challenge because there are not nearly as many of those events annually. The good news is many women who attend BOW workshops stay connected with other workshop attendees and often plan additional gatherings on their own.
To learn more about BOW or find a BEYOND BOW experience, contact your state Fish and Wildlife Agency or Department of Natural Resources.
Are you a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) participant? What was that like for you? Ready to go BEYOND? Do share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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