BOLD GOLD Wilderness Adventures

BOLD GOLD Wilderness Adventures

We’re thrilled to announce that in 2016 Camp Hi-Rock was one of 10 Y’s chosen across the country to help expand an incredible YMCA program called BOLD/GOLD. Originally started in Seattle, BOLD GOLD takes youth on week-long backpacking programs 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 breath taking 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.

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. We help our youth become multicultural leaders by combining their own unique self and skills with our programs 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.


Boy’s Outdoor Leadership School (B.O.L.D.): Boys entering grades 7-10

2019 dates coming soon

By signing up for a BOLD summer wilderness expedition you are joining an amazing community of young men and leaders that are just as excited as you to get out and explore the wild lands of the Northeast. Hiking and 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.

Girl’s Outdoor Leadership School (G.O.L.D.): Girls entering grades 7-10 

2019 dates coming soon

Our GOLD program brings groups of girls together on hiking and camping 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 girl’s space, GOLD participants will develop their fullest leadership potential and explore not just the Appalachian trail but also what it means to be a confident female leader back home in their communities. The feeling of joy you will experience with your new friends as you accomplish so many of your goals on trip is unparalleled, and it will leave you inspired to set and achieve new goals once you get back home.

BOLD & GOLD Climbing Adventures for Boys and Girls entering grades 7-10

2019 dates coming soon

Our co-ed climbing adventures will allow you to develop the technical skills of outdoor rock climbing and the ability to explore your own unique leadership style. Over the course of the week your group will work on building trust and teamwork as you explore some of the best outdoor climbing on the East Coast. All experience levels are welcome!


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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, Heather Neaz-Nibur at (413)528-1227 ext. 3005 or via email at