B.O.W. summer weekend set for the Upper Peninsula: MI

Article Posted: March 25, 2003

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B.O.W. summer weekend set for the Upper Peninsula

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced open registration for the 6th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) Program, set for June 6-8, 2003, in Big Bay, Michigan.

The program will be held again this year at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a handicapped accessible facility located in an isolated, wooded setting, 30 miles north of Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior.

Sponsored by the DNR, the B.O.W. program includes instruction in over two dozen kinds of outdoor activities related to learning new skills or enhancing existing ones. Classes are offered in kayaking, canoeing, various types of fishing, hiking, mountain biking, fly tying, archery, birding, GPS, map and compass and several styles of shooting sports. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to the participantsí individual abilities. Participants are housed in dorm-style facilities with amenities including a pool, sauna, camping area, trails, tennis courts, and accessibility to Lake Superior.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an award winning program, designed to offer instruction to women on outdoor skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Nationally, over 10,000 women take part in a B.O.W. program each year, with programs offered in most states and Canada. Women 18 and older are eligible to participate. The U.P. B.O.W. Program accepts the first 125 women to register, and will also include numerous extra activities, such as individual kayaking instruction in the pool after hours, group bonfires, special programs and much more.

The $140 program registration includes all programs, meals, snacks, lodging, and equipment, including firearms, ammunition and supplies. Those taking the mountain biking course are asked to bring their own bike and helmet.

Early registration is highly recommended. Questions can be referred to Ann Wilson or Sharon Pitz at the DNR office in Marquette, 906-228-6561, or e-mail wilsoann@michigan.gov or pitzs@michigan.gov. All registration materials and class information is available on the DNR website, at http://michigan.gov/dnr

Source: MDNR

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