BOLD GOLD Wilderness Adventures

BOLD GOLD Wilderness Adventures

In 2016, Camp Hi-Rock was one of 10 Ys chosen across the country to help expand an incredible YMCA program called BOLD & GOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development). Originally started in Seattle, BOLD & GOLD takes youth on wilderness trips. On these trips, youth are able to develop their fullest leadership potential as positive multicultural leaders in their communities. Our small groups (eight participants and two to three instructors) travel to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Northeast to build their community. Using breathtaking wilderness classrooms, 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.

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What Leadership Means on a BOLD GOLD trip:

While navigating the challenges of back country travel in the wilderness, our participants get to see what they are truly capable of accomplishing. We help our youth become multicultural leaders by combining their own unique self and skills with our program’s areas of focus:

  • Confidence– Building confidence and self-worth through mastery of skills, achievement of goals, and development of positive relationships.
  • Courage– Helping campers develop and act with courage. Empowering campers with a sense of resiliency to overcome life’s challenges.
  • Community Awareness– Fostering respect and creating an environment where all feel valued for their unique perspective and contribution.
  • Emotional Intelligence– Cultivating empathy, increased self-awareness and  stronger relationships with others.
  • Wonder– Providing opportunities to have fun, learn to marvel at nature, and feel a sense of curiosity.

 

Boys’ Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD)

By signing up for a BOLD summer wilderness expedition, teens are joining an amazing community of young men and leaders that are just as excited as they are to get out and explore the wild lands of the Northeast. Camping with a group of all boys allows our participants to be themselves while stepping out of their comfort zone on this new adventure and exploring the wonders of the wilderness while learning what it means to be an emotionally intelligent male back home in their communities.

 

Sample Trip Itinerary, Policies, and Procedures
Sample BOLD & GOLD Packing List

 

BOLD & GOLD Canoeing Trips: Boys & Girls entering grades 7-10

Our BOLD & GOLD canoe program offers a wide range of outdoor adventure learning opportunities. This trip is a hybrid of backpacking, canoeing, and wilderness exploration along beautiful Northeast waterways. This five day trip will enhance campers’ canoeing and leadership skills and the best part of it all is that they will be accompanied by other adventurers who will be on their team as they all explore the outdoors together. The canoe destinations are places that only a few people visit, making this experience truly unique.

2019 BOLD Canoeing Trip Dates:

BOLD Canoeing Trip: July 14 – July 20– Trip Full, register for our co-ed trip, or contact info@camphirock.org to be added to the waitlist

2019 BOLD & GOLD Canoeing Trip Dates:

BOLD & GOLD Canoeing Trip: July 7 – July 13

BOLD Hiking Trips: Boys entering grades 7-10

Our BOLD & GOLD backpacking trips bring groups of young people out onto the Appalachian trail to explore new places, build relationships, and challenge themselves. These 5 day trips give young people the chance to be independent and build their confidence all while exploring the natural world. On a BOLD & GOLD backpacking trip, teens have a chance to disconnect from technology and connect with those around them as they learn what it means to be a leader.

2019 BOLD Hiking Trip Dates:

BOLD Hiking Trip 1: June 30 – July 6

BOLD Hiking Trip 2: July 28 – August 3

 

BOLD & GOLD Advanced Hiking Trip: Boys & Girls entering grades 9-12

Our co-ed advanced backpacking program is an exciting and more challenging ten-day trip that allows curious teens to develop and strengthen the many skills it takes to explore the beautiful world around them. This trip will allow campers to work as a team, discover new places, and make incredible friendships. This trip is an exceptional opportunity for teens to experience significant growth in their leadership and independence skills by having a closer relationship with nature and those around them!

2019 BOLD & GOLD Advanced Trip Date:

BOLD & GOLD Advanced Hiking Trip: August 4 – August 15  Trip Full, contact info@camphirock.org to be added to the waitlist

 

Dates and Rates *financial assistance is available for all trips*

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Girls’ Outdoor Leadership Development (GOLD)

Our GOLD program brings groups of girls together on wilderness adventures to give them the opportunity to be their courageous selves as they bond with a group of their peers in some of the most beautiful places in the Northeast! In the comfort of an all-girls space, GOLD participants will develop their fullest leadership potential and explore not just the outdoors but also what it means to be a confident female leader back home in their communities. The feeling of joy teens will experience with their new friends as they accomplish their goals is unparalleled, and it will leave them inspired to set and achieve new goals once they get back home.

 

Sample Trip Itinerary, Policies, and Procedures
Sample BOLD & GOLD Packing List

 

BOLD & GOLD Canoeing Trips: Boys & Girls entering grades 7-10

Our BOLD & GOLD canoe program offers a wide range of outdoor adventure learning opportunities. This trip is a hybrid of backpacking, canoeing, and wilderness exploration along beautiful Northeast waterways. This five day trip will enhance campers’ canoeing and leadership skills and the best part of it all is that they will be accompanied by other adventurers who will be on their team as they all explore the outdoors together. The canoe destinations are places that only a few people visit, making this experience truly unique.

2019 BOLD & GOLD Canoeing Trip Dates:

BOLD & GOLD Canoeing Trip: July 7 – July 13

 

GOLD Hiking Trips: Girls entering grades 7-10

Our BOLD & GOLD backpacking trips bring groups of young people out onto the Appalachian trail to explore new places, build relationships, and challenge themselves. These 5 day trips give young people the chance to be independent and build their confidence all while exploring the natural world. On a BOLD & GOLD backpacking trip, teens have a chance to disconnect from technology and connect with those around them as they learn what it means to be a leader.

2019 GOLD Hiking Trip Dates:

GOLD Hiking Trip 1: June 30 – July 6

GOLD Hiking Trip 2: July 21 – July 27

 

BOLD & GOLD Advanced Hiking Trip: Boys & Girls entering grades 9-12

Our co-ed advanced backpacking program is an exciting and more challenging ten-day trip that allows curious teens to develop and strengthen the many skills it takes to explore the beautiful world around them. This trip will allow campers to work as a team, discover new places, and make incredible friendships. This trip is an exceptional opportunity for teens to experience significant growth in their leadership and independence skills by having a closer relationship with nature and those around them!

2019 BOLD & GOLD Advanced Trip Date:

BOLD & GOLD Advanced Hiking Trip: August 4 – August 15 Trip Full, contact info@camphirock.org to be added to the waitlist

 

Dates and Rates *financial assistance is available for all trips*

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All programs start and end at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, located at 162 East Street Mt. Washington, MA. Bus service from New York City, Fairfield County & Boston is available.
For inquires or to request an information packet please contact our Camp Director, Sara Abriola at (413)528-1227 ext. 3006 or via email at sara@camphirock.org.