About Indiana BOW Workshop

General Information
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop is a three-day event at Ross Camp in West Lafayette, IN (9225 W. 75 S. West Lafayette, IN 47906).

An information packet will be emailed 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop. No class choices may be exchanged after registering for the workshop. Preference is given to first-time participants.

ALCOHOL IS NOT PERMITTED ON THE PREMISES! Smoking is not allowed indoors but designated smoking areas will be available.

The cost of the workshop is $275.00

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Refund Policy:
Cancellation deadline is March 31. If you cancel before April 1, you will receive a refund (minus $20 processing fee). There are NO REFUNDS for registrants who cancel after March 31st. All refunds will be issued by a check, including registrations through our online process. *Please note: All charge-backs will be assessed an additional $25 processing fee in addition to all other fees.

  • 03:00pm - Registration, Check-In
  • 05:00 pm - Introduction, Welcome
  • 05:30 pm - Dinner
  • 06:15 pm - Session I
  • 07:00 am - Breakfast
  • 08:15 am - Session II
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 01:00 pm - Free Time
  • 01:45 pm - Session III
  • 05:30 pm - Dinner
  • 08:15 pm - Evening Activities
  • 07:00 am - Breakfast
  • 08:15 am - Session IV
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch/Departure
Arrival / Departure Times:
Check-in begins on Friday, the first day of the workshop at 3:00 p.m. (EST). Dinner is served from 5:00–6:15 p.m. and Friday evening classes will start at 6:15 p.m. The workshop will conclude after lunch on Sunday.
Meals are provided Friday evening through Sunday lunch in the dining hall. The food is served by our caterers and is available throughout the full mealtime (approximately one hour). All meals include a main entrée, side items, bread, a variety of fruits and vegetables, dessert and drinks. We also work with our caterers to provide options for vegetarians. Iced tea, lemonade and water will be available throughout the weekend. You are also welcome to bring your own candy, snacks, soft drinks, etc. Please note that there are no vending machines on the premises.


We will take care of all lodging arrangements when you check in on Friday.

Indoor lodging consists of two large heated barrack-style buildings with wooden bunk beds. Newly-remodeled bathrooms are on the lower level of the barracks and there are plenty of heated, private showers. Electrical outlets are available in the barracks and in the bathrooms.

When you register you will be given a choice of selecting the “Early Riser” barrack or “Night Owl” barrack. One resident assistant is assigned to each barrack to assist with needs that may arise during your stay in the barracks.

Those who have difficulty managing a top bunk will be very appreciative to have a lower one. If you can accommodate this need, please do!

Ross Camp offers an RV area complete with modern bathrooms, hot showers and electrical hook-ups. If you have registered for RV camping we will assist you with site selection when you check in on Friday. A “Tent City” will be set up near the new RV area for those who wish to camp. We’ll also assign all Tent and RV campers to an indoor facility in case of inclement weather.

What To Bring:

A complete packing list can be found below, but here are some important notes:

There are no mattresses on the wooden-platform bunk beds in the barracks, so please bring an air or foam mattress. You’ll also need to bring your own bed linens and/or sleeping bag, pillow and towels.

Dress is informal – jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. Most classes take place partially or completely outdoors, so plan accordingly. May weather is so unpredictable that we strongly advise you prepare for anything from downright cold (and possibly wet) to very warm. We will hold classes rain or shine, so please bring a rain jacket and rain pants. Ponchos are not recommended as they can restrict your movement while participating in activities.

If you already have your own equipment, feel free to pack it. However, it is highly recommended that you not purchase anything new before coming, as you will know much more about fitting, comfort, etc. after completing your classes. All personal firearm and archery equipment brought to the camp will be inspected. In most classes, all equipment is provided. Please see the checklist below for exceptions.

Check List:

  • Completed health form
  • Air or foam mattress for wooden bunk beds in barracks
  • Bed linens or sleeping bag
  • Pillow and towels
  • Sturdy shoes suitable for outdoor conditions – highly recommended for all classes
  • Cool and warm weather clothing – t-shirts, shorts, jeans, sweatshirts, jacket, polar fleece, etc. Layering is the best way to dress for Indiana’s unpredictable climate.
  • Rain jacket and pants (ponchos tend to restrict movement while participating in classes)
  • Shower shoes – i.e., crocs, flip-flops
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Tent, if camping
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable fan
  • Coffee mug
  • Portable alarm clock
  • Binoculars
  • Campfire accessories – blanket, lawn chair, musical instruments, etc.
  • Snacks, candy, soft drinks