Introductory Skills Weekend

September 12-14, 2014
Camp Caribou - Winslow, Maine​


This three-day workshop is held each fall at Camp Caribou in Winslow, Maine.  The workshop provides participants with the opportunity to complete four sessions throughout the weekend on topics of their choosing that are related to hunting, fishing or outdoor recreation. 

The workshop features numerous dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer instructors who work hard to provide participants with a safe, exciting and informative experience.  The cost to attend the workshop is $245 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment.



2014 Introductory Skills Weekend is full! Registration is now closed.  


A limited number of $100 scholarships are offered by the Friends of Maine BOW to first time participants.  



Camp Caribou is located on a beautiful 200 acre peninsula on Pattee Pond in Winslow.  The facility includes a large dining lodge, gymnasium, movie theater, archery range, rifle range and a beautiful lakeside campfire area. Camp Caribou offers bunk style cabins that are shared by 10-12 participants.  Each cabin has a bathroom with a shower, electricity and heat.  There is also a centrally located shower house near the cabins.  Some cabins are converted into indoor classroom space for the workshop but most sessions are conducted outside.



There are usually 80-100 participants at the Introductory Skills Weekend from many different backgrounds and with a variety of outdoor experience.  Participants each complete four 3 hour sessions over the weekend and each session typically has between 8-12 participants.  All of the instructors at the workshop are volunteers and are all incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the outdoors.  Instructors and staff work hard to create a safe and comfortable environment and always encourage participants to ask questions.  A few of the session have a perquisite but generally they require NO prior experience to participate.  
Examples of session topics that will be offered at the workshop this fall include: ATV Operation, Firearms Use & Marksmanship, Skeet Shooting, Archery, Kayaking/Paddleboarding, Campfire Cookery, Wildlife Photography, Ropes Course, Turkey Calling, GPS, Map & Compass, Bow Hunting, Wood Craft, Outdoor Survival, Primitive Skills, Knot Tying, and more!



Friday, September 12, 2014

10am-12pm Participant check-in
12pm Lunch and welcome
1pm-4pm SESSION 1
5pm Dinner
6pm Mini Sessions
7pm Evening activities and campfire

Saturday, September 13, 2014

8am Breakfast

9am-12pm SESSION 2

12pm Lunch

1pm-4pm SESSION 3

4pm-6pm Free time

6pm Dinner

7pm Auction/Raffle

8pm Evening activities and campfire

Sunday, September 14, 2014

8am Breakfast

9am-12pm SESSION 4

12:30pm Lunch and goodbye

1:30pm Participants depart Camp Caribou