2017 GOLD Summer Programs


Beyond City Limits: Camping and Hiking at Mt. Rainier
Entering Grades: 6-8

7/15-7/21  Only 3 Spots Left!

7/29-8/4  Trip is Full! Waitlist Only!

8/26-9/1  Only 2 Spots Left!


Explore the breathtaking beauty of Mount Rainier as you and your new friends get to know one of the most beautiful areas in the park. Visitors come from all over the world to marvel at… Learn more!

Sea to Summit: Rock Climbing and Hiking at Mt. Erie
Entering Grades: 6-8

7/8-7/16  Only 6 Spots Left!

7/22-7/30  Only 5 Spots Left!


Come see the view from the top and discover all this beautiful area has to offer!   Your center of adventure will be Mt. Erie, a perfect place to learn to climb or fine-tune your rock skills. You will find… Learn more!

Make a Scene: Art and Backpacking in the North Cascades
Entering Grades: 7-10

7/16-7/22  Only 11 Spots Left!

8/6-8/12  Only 4 Spots Left!


The North Cascades are one of the most beautiful areas we explore. With incredible peaks and stunning views everywhere we turn, it’s easy to be inspired. We’ll spend the days… Learn more!

She-Nannigans! In the North Cascades
Entering Grades: 7-10

7/9-7/15  Only 4 Spots Left!

7/30-8/5  Only 5 Spots Left!


The North Cascades are a wild, magical place where you will discover the true meaning of adventure! On this one week journey you and your new friends will experience joy and laughter as you play games, perfect your backpacking skills, and learn about the vibrant community of strong young women that… Learn more!

Poets and Peaks: Exploring Wild Places Through Creative Writing
Entering Grades: 7-10

8/20-8/26  Trip is Full! Waitlist Only!


Jack Kerouac once said ““Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.”  On this one week expedition you will have the opportunity to venture to the top of Desolation Peak, a place that… Learn more!

Find Yourself and Go There: Yoga and Backpacking on the Olympic Coast
Entering Grades: 7-10, 9-12

7/2-7/8  Only 5 Spots Left!

7/23-7/29  Only 1 Spots Left!

8/13-8/19  Only 1 Spot Left!


Stretch your limits in many ways as we practice yoga and backpack on the stunning beaches of the Olympic National Park coast. This area is the last remaining wilderness beach in the lower 48—we will see… Learn more!

Cascade Challenge: Explorations in Leadership and Backpacking
Entering Grades: 9-12 & Graduating Seniors

7/9-7/15  Only 1 Spot Left!

7/30-8/5  Trip is Full! Waitlist Only!

8/20-8/26  Only 1 Spot Left!


Do you want to get more out of your summer vacation? Then accept the challenge…The Cascade Challenge! This one week backpacking expedition for high school aged students promises to be a highlight of one’s summer. You will spend this… Learn more!

Girls Rockin’ the River
Entering Grades: 8-12 & Graduating Seniors

8/5-8/12  Trip is Full! Waitlist Only!


This leadership based expedition for young women will raft through 63 miles of the pristine Main Salmon Canyon and Snake Rivers in Idaho. You will learn wilderness skills, river safety while connecting to… Learn more!


Rivers and Rocks! River Rafting and Rock Climbing in Oregon
Entering Grades: 7-10

6/27-7/7  Only 2 Spots Left!


Escaping the soggy confines of Seattle to the sunny climbing and rafting haven of Central Oregon, this trip is a true adventure! You will get to put your climbing skills to the test on… Learn more!

Mountain Melodies: Music, Backpacking, and Leadership
Entering Grades: 9-12 & Graduating Seniors

8/5-8/20  Only 3 Spots Left!


Come and explore the joys of music on this two-week odyssey. With a pack full of instruments you will learn how to backpack in style, singing and playing down the trail… Learn more!

The Great Canadian Rock Climbing Adventure
Entering Grades: 9-12 & Graduating Seniors

8/14-8/25  Only 6 Spots Left!


This challenging expedition travels to the world class climbing destination of Squamish, British Columbia. While dancing on the legendary cliffs you will have the opportunity to learn, from our expert staff, aspects of rock climbing from… Learn more!

Backpacking and Leadership on the Olympic Coast
Entering Grades: 9-12

7/15-7/30  Only 3 Spots Left!


Life is good on the Olympic Coast. A land of seals and sunsets, eagles and seastacks, everything seems richer, deeper and more fun on the beach! On this two week adventure you will venture… Learn more!

Fire & Ice: Climbing Mt. Baker
Entering Grades: 9-12

7/8-7/23  Trip is Full! Waitlist Only!


We are SO excited to announce our first all-female mountaineering expedition to Mt. Baker! On this mountain climbing adventure you will be attempting to climb Washington’s 3rd tallest mountain… Learn more!


The Art of Leadership: A Rock Climbing, Backpacking, and Rafting Adventure
Entering Grades: 10–12 & graduating seniors(CO-ED)
Please refer to the Co-Ed section for a detailed description.

Powerful Gifts: Backpacking, Service and Leadership
Entering Grades: 10–12 & graduating seniors (CO-ED)
Please refer to the Co-Ed section for a detailed description.

Wonders of Washington:  Three Parks in Three Weeks
Entering Grades: 10–12 & graduating seniors (CO-ED)
Please refer to the Co-Ed section for a detailed description.


We use a three tier pricing structure. You choose the price most appropriate for your family. The top level reflects the actual cost of running the expedition (food, gear, hiring and training quality staff, etc.), the middle level is 80% of actual cost, and the bottom level is 60% of actual cost.

Please see our payment & refund policy.


If you cannot afford the cost, please send in this form or call 206.659.0231. We will work with you to find a price you can afford.

If you have questions, see our FAQ page, or contact our admissions team at boldgoldprograms@seattleymca.org or call 206.382.5009