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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

September 18-20, 2015 – Welcoming Women Outdoors since 1991

To ensure you have the best possible experience at your BOW workshop, we are providing suggestions for what to bring.  Average temperatures in Northern Wisconsin range from highs in the mid-60s during the day and lows in the mid-30s at night. Please read the following, which should help optimize your comfort and enhance the fun!  PDF version available here​

    Personal items (i.e. medications, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)

- Treehaven will provide a wool blanket, towels, linens, and a pillow; however, some participants like to bring extra pillows and blankets for additional comfort

- Extra towels (The camp provides a bath towel, hand towel and washcloth. Bring extras if you like)

- Shower shoes, if you prefer not to be barefoot (each room has a private bath/shower. Your room will have 3 or 4 people in it, counting you)

- Clothing suitable for September weather. Sweaters, a warm coat, hats and gloves are recommended in case it is chilly during the morning classes

- Baseball cap or hat with brim, knit hat for evenings and cooler weather

- Windbreaker

- Rain gear

- Sturdy hiking boots or comfortable well-fitted shoes

- Extra pair of shoes

- Camera, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, backpack or fanny pack

- Water bottle – highly recommended

- Alarm clock and/or watch. Cell phone service tends to be pretty good at Treehaven

You may bring a cooler with snacks and beverages for your dorm room, if you like. There will be an open bar serving beer, wine, and some mixed drinks, during social hour on Friday and Saturday night. Coffee, tea, and soda fountain will be available at no charge during the entire workshop.

Class notes

Paddle Sports, Canoeing and Kayaking- Please bring shoes or sandals you can walk in the water with.  If you wear glasses, a lanyard is recommended. There is an optional “self-rescue” activity as part of the class. If you would like to participate in this activity, you may want swimwear. Avoid wearing heavy fabrics like blue jeans. Your clothing and shoes will get a little wet from water dripping off the paddle.

Basic Fishing and Fly Fishing- You must have a valid Wisconsin Fishing License to participate in these classes.  Fishing licenses can be purchased at (this site is through the DNR). Fleet Farm and other sporting goods stores also sell licenses. All equipment will be provided for the classes. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.   

Shotgun Skills, Rifle Markswoman- Equipment and ammunition will be provided for you.  Personal firearms may be used upon instructor approval and safety check. 

 Tree Camping – loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and flexible shoes that will grip but also provide some “give” when you place your foot on a tree or footholds. Long sleeves and pants are a must.

​A complete class list and suggestions for what to wear, bring, and expect when you come to class will be provided prior to the workshop. If you follow the suggestions, you will be well prepared for the variety of activities you will be enjoying. If you forget something, we’ll help you out. We strive to make this a “no worries” weekend!

When you attend a workshop, you'll need to sign these forms and bring them with you.