Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a BOW workshop?
Workshops span a weekend, usually beginning on Friday around noon and ending Sunday after lunch. The weekend is divided into four sessions and you pick the four classes in which you'd like to participate. Typically, there are more than 20 different classes to choose from.
What kinds of classes are offered?
Class topics are diverse but can be divided into three areas: shooting sports, fishing, and non-harvest activities (like camping, kayaking, plant identification and more). The classes are taught with the hands-on approach and equipment is provided. A brief description of the classes is provided in the workshop registration form.
Do I need experience to participate?
Beginners are both welcome and encouraged to participate! No prior experience is needed.
Where are the workshops held?
Usually, workshops are held at camps or outdoor learning facilities. The atmosphere is "outdoorsy" but comfortable. Participants stay in cabins or dormitory-style rooms, usually 4 persons per room. Facilities have modern conveniences like flush toilets, hot showers, and heated cabins. Hot and nutritious meals are served and included in the registration fee.
What if I snore?
If you snore, you are among the 40-50% of BOW participants who snore too. We recommend that light sleepers bring ear plugs. Try not to be self-conscious if you are a person who snores – most participants will be tired after a fun day of activity and will sleep right through.
How do I register for a workshop?
Registration materials are mailed (e-mail and regular mail) out 4-5 weeks before the date of the workshop. Or you can print off a digital version of the forms from the WI BOW website
. The electronic forms are accessible at the same time as the materials are mailed.
How much is the fee?
The fees vary depending on the type of activity being offered and include meals, lodging, equipment use, instruction and evening entertainment. A weekend workshop is around $250 and scholarships are offered on a need basis. Check with your local program coordinator for more details.
Will I get all my favorite classes?
We process registration forms on a first come, first serve basis. Every attempt is made to register you for your first choice classes, but sometimes they become full and we'll have to enroll you in your second or third choices. The registration packet will provide clear instructions on how to list your top picks. A confirmation packet will be mailed to you approximately two weeks before the date of the workshop. It will provide information on your class schedule, directions to the facility, a packing list, and other necessary details.
What am I required to bring?
When you register for the workshop a suggested packing list is made available to you. Mainly, you'll need to provide your own clothing, bedding, linens (towel, washcloth), and traditional camp items like a flashlight, rain jacket, sunscreen, bug spray, camera etc. It’s recommended to bring clothes for all types of weather, casual clothes for the evening, pajamas, baseball cap or hat with brim, windbreaker or rain gear, shoes that can get wet, extra pair of shoes, and extra socks. We provide all the recreational and safety equipment necessary to participate in the classes.
Can men join in on the fun?
BOW is an equal opportunity program. Men who have not had the opportunity to learn these activities elsewhere may enroll as participants. In the past 15 years, there have been a handful of men who have participated in the workshops.