On the weekend of September 17-19, 112 women and 37 volunteer instructors participated in WOW’s summer workshop. The versatile site, located on Deep Lake, provided large open fields, 7 miles of trails in old growth forest, individual cabins and a main lodge: everything necessary for a wonderful weekend of outdoor experiences.
The weekend offered a well-rounded offering of courses: Big Game Hunting/Wildlife Conservation and Shooting Sports were held off site at the nearby Capitol City Bowmen’s Club and Evergreen Gun Club. Fly-fishing had the open meadow to practice dry land casting before setting a fly in Deep Lake. The Federation of Fly Fishers provided 8 stations for fly-tying novices to try their hand with a hackle. Backpacking, Survival, Wild Edibles and Wilderness Medicine, Wildlife Identification, and Outdoor Photography all used the woods for their classroom.
Women paddled canoes, shot clay pigeons, cooked Dutch oven meals, identified animal tracks, tasted wild game, pitched tents, maneuvered a trailering course, fired arrows, and learned about personal protection when encountering cougar or bear.
The camaraderie around the campfire created new friendships. Resources provided by more than 50 clubs, agencies, and organizations showed beginners how to pursue any skill of their choice. WOW’s instructors, chosen for their knowledge, experience, and teaching style, shined the whole weekend.
Seventeen skills were offered in WOW’s 1999 program.