Women Come Together At Tygart Lake State Park To Learn Outdoor Skills


Women battling the wild may not be your typical idea of a girl's getaway, but for a group of 100 ladies it was a weekend paradise.  

At the "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" or BOW workshop in Tygart Lake State Park, women of all ages learn a variety of outdoor skills.

BOW Attendant Allison Abbott said she has not only built her confidence, she has learned skills she will apply at home.

Allison Abbott said, "This has been fabulous...I have learned how to build shelter and I plan on using these skills at home."

The event stretches over the whole weekend and is designed to be educational, yet fun.  Women who are at least 18 years old can learn a new outdoor skill at this weekend event, which offers outdoor classes that include archery, shooting, overnight camping, fly tying, fly fishing, self-defense, outdoor cooking, and many other topics. 

BOW Volunteer Gun instructor Carol said watching her students grow never gets old.

"They get very confident and they actually go out and but their own guns, I have one former student who is actually shooting competitively now and it's very rewarding," Stewart said. 

 BOW's mission is to get woman out of their comfort zones and enjoy the great outdoors. 

"I hope they have a great time and come back in the fall and bring friends and get more people in the outdoors," said BOW Coordinator Billie Shearer.


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