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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Camp Teaches Adult Outdoor Skills | Characteristics

After two years of upheaval, we have learned some bits of wisdom – we love the outdoors, cherish time spent with each other and want to feel confident taking care of ourselves.

Sounds like summer camp, doesn’t it?

What if you are no longer a child? Where does a girl learn to hunt and fish, archery or climb a cliff?

All of this and more is offered at Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Camp.

As repeat attendees say, “It’s like an adult scout camp!”

BOW provides a safe space to introduce women to outdoor skills in an enjoyable and non-threatening way for the absolute beginner of any physical ability. Expert instructors provide plenty of support, and the three-hour classes offer plenty of time to ask questions and try out what you’re learning. Classes are held during the day, and the evenings and mornings are filled with fun and entertainment like bird walks, yoga, fly tying, night fishing and presentations. No prior experience is necessary, and all equipment and materials are provided. A woman can try a new sport without buying all the equipment.

AZ BOW takes place at Friendly Pines Camp, located just south of Prescott in the Bradshaw Mountains. Participants stay in rustic cabins, but there are showers and bathrooms in each cabin. The only thing the participant needs to bring are personal belongings, a good attitude and a willingness to learn.

The program is sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation with much assistance from the Arizona Department of Fish and Game. The workshop begins at noon on Friday, April 29 and ends at noon on Sunday, May 1. There will be four sessions over the weekend, with six picks for each. Classes range from outdoor photography to bow hunting. Class materials, food, and accommodations are all included in the $350 registration fee. Space is limited.

For more information, a class schedule, and to register, go online to azwildlife.org/bow.