BOLD & GOLD is a wilderness education program designed to develop leadership skills in youth through challenging outdoor activities. No outdoor camping or hiking experience or equipment is necessary, but a desire to have fun, challenge themselves, and develop as leaders and team members is required for all participants!

A primary objective of the BOLD & GOLD mission is to remove ethnic, racial and socio-economic barriers among participants, enabling all to enjoy access to the outdoors via wilderness adventures that help them build valuable life skills.

Deep Friendships and Diverse Groups

A single BOLD & GOLD group can be a mosaic of kids with different viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences. An intentional mix of participants creates opportunities for students from different backgrounds to share a challenging outdoor experience, building leadership and team building skills while improving self-confidence and other-awareness. Through BOLD & GOLD, individuals learn to become bridge-buildling leaders in today’s multicultural world.

Epic Adventures with Amazing Leaders

BOLD & GOLD adventures give youth the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature, face new challenges, and be themselves. Trips may include a variety of exciting and fun activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, art, yoga, back country cooking, music, and/or creative writing in some of the most beautiful locations in Western North Carolina, including the Pisgah and Nantahala Forests. All trips are led by our outstanding wilderness instructors.

Purpose and Leadership

The aim of BOLD & GOLD is to build the following in all participants:

  • Confidence - Build confidence and self-worth by mastering skills, achieving goals, and creating positive relationships.
  • Courage - Develop and act with courage to empower and create a sense of resiliency to overcome life’s challenges.
  • Community Awareness - Learn to respect others and create an environment where all feel valued for their unique perspective and contribution.
  • Emotional Intelligence - Develop empathy, increase self-awareness, and create a stronger relationship with others
  • Wonder - Have fun, learn to marvel at nature, and understand a sense of curiosity benefits us and those around us.

What to Bring

You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but we are proud to provide all the essential gear for our BOLD & GOLD trips. Check our packing list to ensure you have everything you’ll need.

You Make It Possible!

Generous donations to our Annual Giving Program remove the financial barriers that prevent many from experiencing the outdoors. BOLD & GOLD trips are made possible via these donations - you may give here to provide youth with life-changing personal experiences. 


For more information or questions, please contact Danielle Tocaben at 828-210-8457 or dtocaben@yblueridge.org.


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April 6-10, 2020

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July 13-17, 2020



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