BOWS – Becoming an Outdoors Woman NS


Are you looking for an outdoor adventure?

The Schedule and Class Descriptions for 2018 Fall BOW are now available online! Go to to get all the details.

Eventbrite will go live on July 7 at 9:00 am. Last year registration was completely full in eight hours, so register early, do not be disappointed!

Please read the class descriptions carefully before choosing your classes. Registration is on a first come basis and will fill very quickly.  Changes will not be possible once registration is closed.

You will also need to review the waiver and photo release and bring a signed copy with you.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in September!

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman® Workshop


HELD – September 29 – October 1, 2017

Brigadoon Village, 1650 N River Road

Aylesford Lake, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman® is a workshop aimed at women 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills – skills usually associated with hunting and fishing as well as other outdoor pursuits. Registration will open this weekend!  

Attached is the workshop schedule and class descriptions for you to review and plan your choices! The cost for the weekend is $250 covering room & board and programming.

This workshop is for you if…

• you have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.

• you are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.

• you know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try some new ones.

• you are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Physical Activity Level

Please be advised that most activities will take place outside and may involve a wide range of physical activity including bending, standing, carrying light weights (pack), arm movement (paddling), and walking (all classes) distances of up to 0.5 to 2 km through wooded areas.

About the Instructors

All of our instructors, both female and male, are volunteers who give freely of their time and knowledge, many who have been with the BOW program since it began and represent some of Nova Scotia’s best outdoor leaders.

Register on Eventbrite

New this year, registration is through Eventbrite (search for Becoming an Outdoors Woman Nova Scotia). Registration will open this Saturday morning, June 24, 2017.  To avoid disappointment, be sure you register early, as we anticipate classes will fill up quickly.



The 2017 Fall BOW will be held Friday, September 29, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Brigadoon Village in Aylesford, N.S. Mark your calendars!  This year for the first time ever, you will be able to register for the program ONLINE.

The new online registration system will allow you:

  • the convenience of registering 24/7
  • immediate confirmation of your classes
  • immediate indication when a class is full (class no longer available)
  • ability to pay with a credit card
  • ability to request a cabin mate (you can request that you and your friends end up in the same cabin together)

Registration will open Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  In order to avoid disappointment, be sure you register early, as we anticipate classes will book up quickly!

We will send a reminder message on Thursday, June 22.  Please watch both our Facebook page and your email for additional information regarding how to register online.

For those seeking financial assistance for the upcoming 2017 Fall BOW Program, a limited number of scholarships are available. Deadline for this year’s scholarship applications is Friday, June 9, 2017.  Applications are available now by contacting

Stay tuned for more details!


We want to inform you that our Board of Directors will be taking a more active role in the registration and delivery side of the BOW program and you will probably notice some exciting changes.

One noticeable difference will be how we distribute BOW information. In an attempt to save money (and trees), we will be moving away from paper correspondence and will distribute information electronically, either on our website or on the Facebook page (BOW Nova Scotia).

In keeping with past practices, former participants will continue to be notified of upcoming events/programs via email.

You will also note BOWNS has a new email address . All comments/inquiries should be directed here. The new account will be closely monitored and you can expect a reply within 48 hours.

I’m pleased to report the 2016 Fall BOW evaluations have been compiled and the overall consensus is very positive. In light of these findings, the Board has confirmed the 2017 Fall BOW will be returning to Camp Brigadoon.

It has also been decided that we will not be holding a 2018 Winter BOW, however, we will keep you abreast on future winter BOW plans. Please frequent our website and Facebook page for up-to-date information on future events and any new correspondence.

HELD – 2016 Fall BOWS



September 23 – 25, 2016 at Brigadoon Village, South Alton, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Early Bird Registration for New Participants Only:

All registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. 

Registrations will not be accepted by telephone or without payment.

Please make cheque or money order payable to BOW Nova Scotia Association, and send to:

Denise McCleave

PO Box 130 Lawrencetown NS B0S 1M0

Workshop Fee: $245. Includes meals, accommodations, equipment, instruction & social programs

Please Note: When you choose Shooting Rifles or Shotgunning class(es), you will automatically be registered for and must attend , Firearm Safety, Handling & Storage, Friday, September 23rd, 8:30 am to 11:30 am, unless you possess a valid Firearms Possession & Acquisition License.

If you have special dietary needs, you may bring your own food/dietary supplements. A fridge and microwave are available. Specific gluten free meals will not be available, however the menu should allow for choices compatible with a gluten-free diet. A vegetarian option will be offered to those who have indicated this option. Brigadoon is a Nut-free and Shellfish-free facility and products containing these are not to be brought onto the premises.


Because BOW® NS is a not for profit organization, no refunds will be granted once the final number of participants has been confirmed with the facility. Prior to this date a $25 administration fee will be charged on all refund requests.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to call 902-584-2229

Denise M. McCleave – Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 130, 108 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown NS, B0S 1M0 902-584-2229 / Ê  902-584-3685

BOWS: Becoming Outdoors Woman Winter Nova Scotia 2016

HELD February 19 – 21, 2016

The Gaelic College – St. Ann’s, Victoria County

“Vince – Thank you for your good wishes!!  We have a full workshop for 2016 Winter BOW.  Participants come from all parts of Nova Scotia from Cape Breton County through to main land.  The snow has dropped but we are happy that there still is snow to work with. Thanks again” – Gail Holman (Feb. 19, 2016)

“Vince – Yes, I agree that last winter certainly encouraged people to get out and try snow related activities ie snowshoeing, etc. Hats off to your organization as well encouraging and make programs affordable for individuals and families. Cheers” – Gail Holman (Feb. 19, 2016)




Winter Bows 2016!  Above was the registration flyer that provided information on the workshop as well as a registration form. 

For further information, please contact: Gail Holman –