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Join us at Our National Gathering!!

From its inception, Women Outdoors has sponsored an annual Gathering for all members. Last year was a big one for Women Outdoors. We turned 40!! That's right, this nonprofit, nature-loving, outdoors-roaming, adventure-seeking, 100% women-run nonprofit has been getting together at our National Gathering every year for four entire decades, bringing women together to laugh and learn, to sing and play, to make new friends and cherish their old ones, from all across the country. It's three wonderful days of fun, laughing and learning, and we'd be overjoyed to have you with us to celebrate our history and to pay homage to the women who built this organization.

This year, we'll be returning once again to our new home in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, at the Chimney Corner Campus. Whether you hike, bike, kayak, swim, gaze at the birds or at the stars, paint, play the ukulele or drum or you name it, sing, start campfires from scratch, scale walls, write or read, the Women Outdoors Gathering has something for almost everyone. 

We're still working on 2020 - actually we've just gotten started! In addition to this page, please check out last years Gathering.

40th Gathering 2019





Berkshire Outdoor Center:  Chimney Corners Campus

Berkshire Outdoor Center, and the entire Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, is located on 1,350 acres of beautiful conservation lands in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. This pristine environment makes for a rustic, natural, secluded experience.

This year, we'll be back at the Chimney Corners Campus. 

62 Camp Becket Road, Becket, MA 01223   Driving Directions

Check-In / Check-Out

You may arrive on campus as early as 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, and must be off-campus no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday.

We'll have events scheduled before and after our lodgings open for move-in and checkout, so make sure to check the final schedule when available. We can use the campus and facilities, including lunch, on Friday, before the lodging move-in time.

Campus Arrival/Departure: Friday 9 am to Sunday 5 pm

Lodge Check-in/Check-out: Friday 4 pm to Sunday 11 am 

One-day Check-in/Check-out: Saturday 9 am to 9 pm

Chimney-Corners Campus Map

Accommodations

The two-story Manor Lodge, devoted to Women Outdoors' exclusive use for the Gathering, sleeps a total of 64. This winterized lodge features heat and electricity, and bathrooms on each floor with showers, toilets, and hot water.

Room assignments are first come, first served. We have a total of 10 rooms sleeping from 4 to 8 each. When you register, you can request your roommates. If no preference is given, we will match you up. If you require a private room, send us an email to: gathering@womenoutdoors.org.


DAYTIME ACTIVITIES

The activities at the Gathering are a combination of volunteer-led workshops and offerings from the Berkshire Outdoor Center and its staff.

Workshops vary from year to year but often include offerings such as kayaking and canoeing instruction with our ACA certified instructors Bonna and Deb, the on-site challenge course, bicycle maintenance, orienteering, outdoor living skills, hikes galore, crafts, and even chi gong and yoga, among others.

Do you want to be part of the "much, much more?" If you're interested in leading a workshop, please go to our Programming & Activities page (link below) for instructions on how to submit your title and description.

Leaders of workshops accepted by the Gathering Committee will receive a $35 rebate on their registration fee.

Check out all of the activities offered last year:

Programming & Activities 2019

EVENING ACTIVITIES

Evening activities may include our ever-popular and typically hilarious and/or jaw-dropping Talent Show, a campfire with s'mores and a sing-along, and dancing. We encourage everyone to attend the Women Outdoors annual meeting.


dining

Meals are always hot, fresh and delicious, as well as nutritionally balanced! These meals include a fabulous array of options, with pastas, chicken, vegetables, delicious steaks, and always a vegetarian option. Each meal is also accompanied by an extensive salad bar, fabulous desserts and snacks, fresh fruits and coffee, tea and drinks.

Meals will be served in the camp's beautiful dining hall, with views over serene Smith Pond. 

Meal Times:

Breakfast: 8:15 am (Saturday & Sunday)

Lunch: 12 pm (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Dinner: 6 pm (Friday, Saturday)

Make sure that when registering you fill out the optional form for those with food allergies, and get it back to us by the deadline so that the kitchen staff can accommodate you! Stay tuned for links to the form.



Registration Details

Fees will be available soon.

Lodging Friday to Sunday – 3 Days / 2 Nights

Includes 7 meals, 2 nights lodging, and all activities:

  • Friday: Lunch, Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch

Saturday – 1 day

Includes 2 meals, day and evening activities:

  • 9 am - 9 pm, Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Some partial scholarships are available. To apply for a partial scholarship to the Gathering, download this form and return your completed application no later than TBD to the Gathering coordinator at gathering@womenoutdoors.org.

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

Registration is not yet available. Please check back.

More Info / Contact

More Information:

Stay tuned for more information. We're still working on 2020 - actually we've just gotten started! In addition to this page, please check out last years Gathering.

40th Gathering 2019

You can also check out our Photo Gallery. Have you attended past Gatherings? We'd love to see your best photos of attendees and activities for any year.

Photo Gallery from Past Gatherings

Need help?

For General questions: gathering@womenoutdoors.org

For Registration questions: gatheringregistration@womenoutdoors.org

For Workshop questions: workshops@womenoutdoors.org

The Jan Brown Memorial Scholarship Award

Last year, our 40th year, we introduced a scholarship to honor the memory of Jan Brown. Jan was one of our beloved founding mothers. She was an historian and office manager whose contributions to Women Outdoors were vast: Jan tracked our organization's history and publications, as well as kept a comprehensive bibliography of books written by and about women's voyages and adventures in the outdoors that has now been donated to Mount Holyoke College, along with our Women Outdoors archives. She was a world traveler who visited far-flung lands and regaled us all with her marvelous photos and stories. To pay tribute to Jan's countless contributions and her inspiring life, we will be awarding a full scholarship to attend the National Gathering. The 2020 and future winners will be announced at the Gathering. Don't miss the announcement, timing to be determined—the recipient won't know until you ALL know!

RIP, Jan, we love you, and we miss you. This year, we are also hoping to pay homage to as many lifetime members as we can. We've been reaching out to individually ask them to please join us this year. They are the rocks that we build on, so please, if you know some of these special Women Outdoors members, urge them to join us at this very special gathering.   Read More about Jan

Our Winners

Presented September 7, 2019

Sandy Zohari   

For excellence in web design and support of our online presence.




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