Be Yourself, Make New Friends, and Experience Incredible Adventures with YMCA Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development!
“Meeting new people, expanding my climbing skills, and having amazing instructors are many of the reasons to sign up. I cannot wait to tell the amazing stories of my trip to my friends!”
– GOLD Participant
“My son didn’t just have a “great time,” he came back with a better understanding of himself, a greater appreciation for the beauty and the challenge of the outdoors, and the experiential learning he took part in reminded him that there is nothing as powerful as building human connections and coming to know, rely on, and appreciate new people. AND he had fun! Thank you!”
– BOLD Participant
Through outdoor adventures and wilderness experiences, the BOLD & GOLD program inspires courage and multi-cultural leadership in diverse groups of boys and girls ages 11-18 years old. The challenge, glory, and beauty of the wilderness come together on our exciting adventures, which range from weekend clubs to 1 to 3 week expeditions.
Our small groups (9 participants and two to three instructors) travel to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest to build their community. Along the way we rock climb, backpack, and explore what leadership means while creating new friendships and lifelong memories. Using breath taking wilderness classrooms such as the alpine meadows of the North Cascades, the white sand beaches of the Olympic Coast, or the rock walls of Mt. Erie, our participants return from our programs knowing that the confidence, strength and friendships they developed will help them meet any challenge on the trail, in the classroom, or back home in their communities.