Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Ocala

March 9-11, 2012

What a grand event! A place where over 100 women gather to learn new skills, support each other, relax, make friends and grow their self esteem. All of this in only 3 days!

Starting the BOW weekend

Starting the BOW weekend

I love volunteering my time at the BOW events! Rewarding does not even begin to cover the rewards I get from watching women step out of their comfort zones and see that there is so much more to them than they can ever imagine. I see strengths in women come to surface that are indescribable!

Geocaching Class

Geocaching Class

This year I was honored to assist in Geocaching, Primitive Chef, Fly Fishing and Bass Fishing classes. Most of the women that attend BOW from the first time are a bit reserved but within 2-3 hours of the first day everyone has made friends and they begin letting their guard down! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has done the BOW event 59 times – counting this event, with the help of Lynn Hawk and her assistant Susan Harass and many volunteer instructors. Most of the time the event is full weeks ahead of time and always the shooting/firearm classes are the first to fill up. At these events women get to choose from 4 of many courses including but not limited to photography, personal protection, reading the woods, map and compass, kayaking/canoeing, shooting sports, archery and more!

Fly Fishing Class

Fly Fishing Class

Every year I come back for this event, this is where my eyes were opened and where the idea came for me to start my own business, I love paying that forward.  There are so many ladies that attend these events where it is the first time they have been away from their spouse in years. Others grab a friend and use the time as a girlfriend retreat. Whatever the reason they attend we all try our best to make sure each participant has a great time and learns something that they can take home and build on. Statistics prove that if the woman of the house is active outdoors, then the family follows. This increases healthy activity for the family and reduces obesity!

Camping and Backpacking Class

Camping and Backpacking Class

The main reason so many women return is because they have fun. Real fun, they get to relax, laugh, and not be tied down to all the chores that come with having a family, job and adult responsibilities.

Primitive Chef Class

Primitive Chef Class

We would love to have you join us at the next even in October in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you are not from Florida look up events in your state, they are held everywhere!

For more information on the BOW Program visit: http://www.myfwc.com/bow

Can’t get to a group event but want to try your hand at some new skills contact us at Not a Clue Adventures! Our website is http://www.notaclueadventures.com

For more photos from this event visit: http://www.facebook.com/bowflorida/photos

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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