Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development is a wilderness experiential education program designed to develop multi-cultural leadership skills in young men and women through challenging outdoor activities. A desire to have fun and challenge yourself in spirit, mind and body is required! No outdoor experience or equipment is necessary.
The primary goal of BOLD/GOLD is to reduce and remove barriers for all youth and teens, regardless of experience, ethnicity or socio-economic status, to enjoy access to the outdoors through wilderness adventure and to build leadership values and skills.
Who comes on a BOLD & GOLD trip? A single group can be a mosaic of amazing kids with diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences. This intentional mix of participants creates opportunities for students from different backgrounds to experience shared, challenging outdoor activities while learning how to build team leadership skills as well as self-confidence and community-awareness. Working with others who are different from you stretches our participants' learning, and inspires them to be a bridge builder in today’s multicultural world while making lifelong friendships!
BOLD & GOLD adventures give youth the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature, face challenges, try new things, and most importantly be their own unique self. On a YMCA Blue Ridge BOLD & GOLD trip you will find yourself exploring the wilderness through a variety of exciting and fun activities including backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, art, yoga, back country cooking, music, creative writing, and/or a service project at a local farm.
Join us to explore some of the most beautiful locations in Western North Carolina. You will sleep beneath the stars, explore the beauty of the natural resources, and discover the magic of waterfalls in Pisgah and Nantahala Forests.
Regardless of what trip you sign up for, you will be led by our outstanding wilderness instructors.
While navigating the challenges of 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:
We are proud to be able to provide all the essential gear to participants for our BOLD & GOLD trips. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment instead. Just be sure to check out our packing list to ensure you have everything you’ll need.
Our program removes the financial barriers that prevent many from experiencing the outdoors. We provide youth who would otherwise not have access to the outdoors these opportunities through YOUR generous donations to our Annual Campaign.