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Gathering 40 - September 2019

A Smattering of 

Berkshire Outdoor

Center Activities

Here's a look at the Activities offered by BOC:


  • Team Building
  • Raft Building

Environmental Ed

  • Forest Ecology
  • Bog Ecology
  • Night Experience

Recreational Activities

  • Campfire
  • Arts and Crafts (tie-dying)

Challenge Course

  • High Ropes/font>
  • Climbing Tower
  • Zip Line
  • (see more info below)

Adventure Recreation

  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Orienteering
  • Archery

Volunteer-led Workshops

Volunteer-led workshops are a long tradition at our Gathering. This year, with such a plethera of workshop options offered by BOC staff, all other workshops will be selected by the Gathering Committee.

To volunteer to lead a workshop, send an email with Title and Description to

If your workshop is selected you will receive a $35 rebate on your registration fee. In order to receive the rebate you must submit your workshop description by the July 30th deadline. The rebate will be a reimbursement given after the Gathering is over. If you want to lead an activity but you don’t want to organize it until you get to the Gathering, you are welcome to do so, but you will not receive a rebate. 


We'll be kayaking and canoeing on Rudd Pond, a 100-acre, pristine, spring-fed pond. The Berkshire Outdoor Center owns the land on all sides, and there are no powered craft in use. There is swimming, boating and fishing in the pond, as well as hiking and camping around the perimeter. A rope swing and swim dock provide waterfront activity choices.

Please note: due to the danger of invasive species spread, we aren't allowed to bring our own boats; they'll be provided, as will PFDs and paddles. You can, however, bring your own paddle and/or PFD if you like.

Beginning and intermediate kayaking and canoeing classes will be offered by ACA instructors Bonna Wieler and Deb Weisenstein, respectively.

Challenge Courses

BOC operates the most comprehensive educational challenge course in the region, with options for high ropes, a climbing tower, a zip line, and more. Read More

BOC High Ropes


Here's our final schedule. See you all soon!


9 am - 8:30 pm - Welcome to Campus

9:30 am - 12 noon

  • Basin Pond Hike

10 am - 12 noon

  • Trail Camera Setup

2:15-4:15 pm

  • Bicycle Maintenance
  • Canoeing and Kayaking (open paddle)

4 pm - Gibson Hall is Open

4:30-5:30 pm

  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Canoeing and Kayaking (open paddle)

6 pm - Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm

  • Get to know you Dance
  • Night Experience


7:00-8:00 am

  • Morning Meditative Hike

8:15 am - Breakfast

9:15 am -12:15 pm

  • Kayaking for beginners
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Archery
  • High Ropes
  • Nature Photography Workshop

12:30 - Lunch

1:45-3:30 pm

  • Climbing Tower
  • Canoeing Beginner/Intermediate
  • Whimmydiddle and Nature Crafts
  • Raft Building

3:45-5:30 pm

  • Canoeing and Kayaking (open paddle)
  • Tie-dying
  • Orienteering
  • Forest Ecology
  • Craft and Sip or Just Hangout

5:30 pm - Herstory Panel 

6 pm - Dinner

7:15 - 8:15 pm - Annual Meeting

8:30 - 9:30 pm - Jam

9:30 - 10:30 pm - Camp Fire


7:00-8:00 am

  • Sunrise Sauna
  • Morning Meditative Hike

8:15 am - Breakfast

9 - 9:30 - Get out of Lodge!

9:45 am -12:15 pm

  • Intermediate Kayaking
  • Zip Line
  • Bog Ecology
  • Treating Clothes for Ticks

12:30 - Lunch

1:45-4:45 pm

  • Hike to Warner Hill or Finerty Pond
  • TBD

5 pm - Departure

Not-to-be-Missed Traditions

Talent show:  We invite you to perform at our Annual Variety Show. Bring your musical instrument(s) and whatever other talent you'd care to share! See our talent show emcee at the Gathering to sign up for a 5-minute slot. Talents in the past have included singing, playing an instrument, readings, improvisation and juggling.

Annual meeting: Find out what's happening from the board of directors, or even volunteer to join the board!


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Please note: Gathering attendance is for Women Outdoors members only. If you are not a member, please Join Now or Renew your membership!

For more information on registration fees, accommodations, and dining.

Main Gathering Page 2019

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Gathering Resources

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Photo Gallery from Past Gatherings

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