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Delaware's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program




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Please check back in April, 2014 for information on the next 3-day workshop, scheduled from Oct. 3-5 next year at Cape Henlopen State Park.

DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring Delaware's 17th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is going back to the beach! Cape Henlopen State Park, October 3rd -5th.

Offered in the 2014 BOW program will be sessions in Kayaking, Tree & Plant ID, Nature Photography, Backpacking, Edible Plants, Shotgun, Archery and the return of salt-water activities such as fishing, seining, clamming and NEW for 2014 - Paddleboarding! Sessions from 2013 received excellent  evaluations! Thanks to all of our outstanding instructors who volunteered their time, expertise and passion to this event.

The 2014 program at Cape Henlopen State Park will offer indoor sleeping and restroom facilities and will be held in Youth Camps 1 and 2. Session offerings for 2014 will be listed in Spring of 2014. 

Since the first BOW event was held in Wisconsin in 1991, this exciting international program has expanded to 46 states and seven provinces with more than 80 workshops offered each year. The main goal of the BOW program is to provide women the opportunity to learn skills that encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities, like hunting and shooting, fishing and boating, and non-harvest activities. 

While Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is aimed primarily at women, it offers an opportunity for anyone 18 or older to learn skills needed for numerous outdoor activities. Please see Delaware's YouTube channel video: Becoming an Outdoor Woman 2012 Flyfishing is another of the recreational activities offered at the Becoming an Outdoors Woman gathering

The BOW Weekend features four half-day training sessions that begin on Friday afternoon. Participants have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of course offerings during each of the sessions.

BOW Weekend included among the many hands-on courses during the weekend are archery, surf fishing, camping, shotgun shooting, basic boating, canoe/kayaking, hunting skills, flyfishing, nature photography, and various other outdoor activities. 

The instructors of these courses have been selected for their expertise as well as their ability to provide instruction in a safe, supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere

. A list of local resources is provided to all participants so that they can continue with their newly-learned skills beyond the BOW program.


This workshop is for you if:

  • You have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn. 

  • You are a beginner wanting to improve your skills.

  • You have some experience but would like to try your hand at new activities.

  • You are just looking for camaraderie with like-minded individuals.

For more information about the Becoming an Outdoor Woman program, please contact:

Tess Belcher, BOW Program Coordinator
Aquatic Resources Education Center
4876 Hay Point Landing Road 
Smyrna, DE  19977 
Telephone: 302-735-8656 or via email to: Tess Belcher

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