It is no secret that men and women are different on every level, especially when it comes to learning new skills. So developing a program that embraces those differences, instead of downplaying them, is one of the keys to the success of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. Giving women the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and learn skills from highly trained, eager-to-teach instructors is another key to BOW’s success.
Many women, most who have never shot old-school black-powder guns, high-tech, high-powered rifles or traditional pistols, are excited to try it. The same may be said about archery, shotguns, kayak and canoes.
And many are eager to learn how to camp or cook over an open fire, or even learn how to make something from an animal pelt. The thought of stepping outside their comfort zones is enticing, and most ladies flourish in the environment. The underlying theme of many BOW workshops may be summed up in three little words: “You Go Girl!” Workshops featuring firearms are extremely popular BOW events; those classes often fill up first, and sometimes there are waiting lists to get into firearms workshops. One of the best features of the workshops is that attendees do not have to buy the equipment before trying it, which is another contributor to its success. Women are eager to learn how to shoot pistols and properly shoulder rifles. And many want to experience the thrill of shooting black-powder guns.
Most attendees have little to no experience with guns, and their impression of firearms has been marred by movies and television. Firearms can be intimidating for newbies, but thankfully, BOW’s instructors are pros at introducing ladies to firearms. They start slowly, taking their students through the basics of the firearms they will use. During the workshops, women learn how to safely handle firearms and how to load and unload them properly. They also shoot targets and perhaps engage in a little friendly competition.
Most will tell you that shooting is nothing like they expected, and many discover a newfound interest in shooting and firearms after they attend a BOW workshop.
Women are a powerful and energetic force, and they know a good thing when they see it. Plus, women do not hesitate to share with other women what they learned. That reason alone may be why the BOW program has grown and flourished into a major contributor to more women getting outdoors to enjoy traditional outdoor sports.
Are you a woman or do you know a woman who is ready to learn to shoot and enjoy BOW’s programs? What is your next step? Share what you are up to and your next steps in the comment section.