From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation
-- A camping workshop for the “Becoming an Outdoorswoman” will be held July 16-18 at the DEC Mongaup Pond campground in the southern Catskills near Livingston Manor in Sullivan County. This is the 17th year DEC has offered this workshop.
Designed to provide women the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a stress-free atmosphere, the clinics have been so popular because of the experienced and knowledgeable instructors who teach the classes. In addition to camping skills, such as setting up a tent, using a camp stove, cooking with a Dutch oven, and starting a fire, other classes offered include plant identification, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, geo-caching, wildlife in the Catskills, trail bicycling, hiking and keeping wildlife out of the campsite.
The minimum age to attend is 18. No camping experience is necessary, however, participants must bring their own tent, camping equipment and most of their own food. Women with camping experience are also welcome to participate.
The early registration fee of $65 includes a campsite for two nights, instruction in all sessions and evening programs, program materials, use of equipment and some meals and snacks. Workshop information and registration materials are available on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/68.html. Information is also available by calling DEC at (518) 402-8862 or writing to Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.