The Alberta Fish & Game Association conducts several youth conservation camps and an outdoor woman’s program each year. The youth camps offer such courses as Hunter Education, the Canadian Firearms Safety course as well as the Boat Safety course. In addition, activities include such things as canoeing, archery, rifle, pistol, shotgun, and blackpowder shooting, wilderness overnight camping/practicing outdoor survival skills, swimming, and fishing. The winter camp offers such things as snowshoeing, ice fishing, snow shelter building, and winter
survival skills. The Becoming an Outdoor Woman’s program (BOW) is designed for ladies interested in taking part in a myriad of outdoor activities they have never tried but would like to, or beginners wanting to improve upon their skills. These activities include, but are not limited to archery, rifle/pistol/shotgun shooting, canoeing, outdoor cooking, survival skills and fish filleting. Check out the various camps noted below and register for the camp of your choice.
Alberta Youth Pheasant Program
Cenalta Youth Camp (Zone 3)
Narrow Lake Camp
Narrow Lake Winter Camp
Becoming an Outdoor Woman Camp
Dear Alberta Fish and Game Association,
My name is Amanda Kadatz, and I just wanted to thank you for sponsoring me to go to Narrow Lake Youth Conservation Camp. I had a blast, made many great friends, and finished my hunters, firearms safety, and boaters safety courses. I was so happy when I found out I had been sponsored to go, but I was even happier when I was there. Any problems in my life melted away at camp. I had never been to a camp before Narrow Lake, and I’m glad Narrow Lake was my first. If it was my only, I would be okay with that, but I would love to attend next year as well to do the advanced courses! Thanks again.
Sincerely, Amanda Kadatz 🙂
Dear Alberta Fish & Game Association,
I wanted to send a quick email to sincerely thank and commend the volunteers who run the BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) Camp at the Narrow Lake Conservation Camp.
I had just heard of the camp by chance (social media!) and registered on a whim – hoping that I’d take away some fishing experience so I could take my own kids out this summer. I was absolutely blown away at what the camp actually offered when I arrived and received my itinerary, I had no inkling that we would be covering so many great topics that would help me in my outdoor pursuits!
The volunteers were nothing short of amazing – they were kind, patient, full of pertinent information and relevant experience and they ALL have an amazing sense of humor and were excellent hosts!
Personally I had never even held a firearm in my entire life, until BOW camp. The firearms instructors ensured we felt safe and in charge of our own safety (very important to me!), and were so encouraging. I found myself going from nervous and a bit afraid to entirely confident (and hitting targets) all within the timeframe that they allowed for that session.
Another big takeaway was the chainsaw session – something that I never would have learned otherwise, it’s just one of those things you leave up to your husband to do! I am proud to say that I came home with lots of tips and information for my husband, he was pretty impressed (and happy to share the workload while bucking up the next load of firewood!).
As far as the fishing goes, I learned everything I needed to know from the fishing crew regarding regulations, WIN cards and licenses, rods, hooks and technique. The volunteers with AFGA made it possible for me to take my 2 kids out fishing this past week with the confidence I needed to do everything correctly and to pass on some of the knowledge to them that was given to me. I cannot thank your volunteers enough – they’ve given us a new family hobby that gets us outdoors and spending time together – something that I hope they will pass down to their kids one day.
So, congratulations and my most heartfelt thank you to your organization for putting together a well thought out, relevant and exciting time – I can’t wait to come back again!
Yours in all Things Outdoors,