Weekend in the Berkshires: 40th Annual Women Outdoors National Gathering

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For the Women Outdoors National Annual Gathering, women from across the country come together for 2.5 wonderful days of fun and adventure. The YMCA's Berkshire Outdoor Center (BOC) operates multiple campuses in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Becket, Massachusetts. This year, we'll be staying at the Becket Campus.

We'll all be together at the historic Gibson Hall lodge. Steps away will be boating and swimming on the gorgeous, pristine Rudd Pond.

The activities at the Gathering are a combination of volunteer-led workshops and offerings from BOC staff. Favorites include the hike to see, up close, the dam and lodges of the American Beavers that live on nearby ponds; lantern making workshops with our creative maven Monica; kayaking and canoeing instruction with our ACA certified instructors Bonna and Deb; boating on 100-acre Rudd Pond; a night walk where you'll learn things about pirates and eyeballs that you well may never have known; a challenge course that will include a climbing tower, high ropes, and a zip line, and much, much more!

Members in the past have offered workshops such as orienteering, knot tying, bicycle repair, camp cooking, drumming and first aid. We've had drum circles, singing around the campfire, and a nighttime Frisbee game that was chaotic, fun mayhem!

PLEASE NOTE: The Gathering is open only to dues-paying members of the Women Outdoors organization. Joining this Meetup group does not make you a WO member; you can sign up, starting at $30/year (or $15 for those under 18, full-time students, and seniors) at our organization's national site: http://womenoutdoors.org/joinus.

Click on this link to read more about the Gathering and to register:


LASTLY: By clicking the "Yes" option on the RSVP link you are agreeing to the Assumption of Risk as stated below:

In attending any event led by any member of this Meetup group, you agree that you've acknowledged that your general health is good and, if you participate in activities offered, that you are capable of performing physical exercise of a vigorous nature. By agreeing to this question, you're stating that you're aware that dangers and risks of varying degrees may exist during several events, such as cross-country skiing, hiking, rope climbing or more. You're also stating that you understand that those women participating in any event are considered common adventurers, each responsible for her own well-being and safety. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in this event and related activities and services arranged by Women Outdoors, Inc., its agents and associates, you do hereby assume all risks of your participation in this event and you release and hold Women Outdoors, Inc., its agents and associates harmless from any and all liability, actions, causes of action, debts, claims and demands of every kind and nature whatsoever which arise out of or in connection with your participation in this event and related activities arranged by Women Outdoors, Inc., its agents and associates. The terms of this release shall serve as a release and assumption of risk by your heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives.