I only just learned about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program last year, when it was too late to register. Luckily you have me to give you the heads up! Sign up today!
When I was young, I got mad because it seemed like the Boy Scouts were so much cooler than the Girl Scouts. While the boy Scouts I knew where learning how to hunt, build fires, tie knots and other awesome survival skills, my Girl Scout troop spent most of its time singing for the elderly and learning to sew.
Don’t get me wrong, the Girl Scouts weren’t a waste of time. Sewing and elder care are excellent skills to have, and if I’m being truthful the majority of my (verbal) sex-ed took place during my hours at troop meetings. I’m sure the skills taught vary by area and troop leadership, and I suspect the gender divide isn’t nearly so wide today as it was in the mid 80s. Which is great for today’s kids, but what about us older ladies that would like to be self-sufficient in the event of zombie apocalypse?
Now in its 19th year, the DNREC-sponsored 2016 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program offers those 18 and up a wide range of hands-on courses that teach outdoor survival skills: target archery, crabbing, clamming, surf fishing, fire-building, beginner shotgun, bird-watching, kayaking, fly-fishing, nature photography, camping and camp cooking, geocaching, daypacking/hiking, trapping and various other activities!
BOW will be held on September 24th at Cape Henlopen State Park and October 8th at Lums Pond State Park. The cost of each one-day BOW program is $75, which includes meals, instruction, equipment and supplies. You have your choice of two 90 minute sessions or one 3.5-hour session each morning and afternoon, but not all courses will be available at both locations.
- Intro to Horseback Riding at Lums Pond only
- Tom, Jake, Buck & Doe: A Hunter Education Intro Course at Cape Henlopen only
- Cold War Bike Tour at Cape Henlopen only
- Intro to Natural Resources Law Enforcement with a K-9 demonstration will be offered by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on both dates.
According to DNREC, BOW is for you if:
You have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
You are a beginner who would like 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.