Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD & GOLD)

 

Through outdoor adventures and wilderness experiences, the BOLD & GOLD program inspires courage and multi-cultural leadership in diverse groups of rising 6th-12th grade students. The challenge, glory, and beauty of the wilderness come together on our exciting adventures, which range from weekend clubs to 7 day expeditions.

Our small groups (a maximum of 10 participants, and two instructors) travel to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the southeast to build their community. Along the way we rock climb, backpack, and whitewater raft as well as explore what leadership means while creating new friendships and lifelong memories. Using breath taking wilderness classrooms such as the wooded forests of protected South Carolina lands, the whitewater of local rivers, or the rock walls of Crowders Mountain, 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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Why BOLD & GOLD?

Epic Adventures with Amazing Leaders

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 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, and creative writing.

We are fortunate enough to explore some of the most beautiful locations in the southeast. You may sleep beneath the stars in Kings Mountain National Park, play capture the flag amongst the hardwood forests of South Carolina, or sleep on the sandy beaches of the New River.

Regardless of what trip you sign up for, you will be led by our outstanding wilderness instructors.

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- Our participants build confidence and self-worth by mastering skills, achieving goals, and creating positive relationships.
  • Courage- Developing and acting with courage to empower and create a sense of resiliency to overcome life’s challenges.
  • Community Awareness- Respect and creating an environment where all feel valued for their unique perspective and contribution.
  • Emotional Intelligence- To develop empathy, increase self-awareness, and create a stronger relationship with others
  • Wonder- Having fun, learning to marvel at nature, and feeling a sense of curiosity benefits us and those around us.

Deep Friendships and Diverse Groups

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. Our admissions staff creates groups that are reflective of our greater community by combining kids from different backgrounds and ethnicities. We partner with families, organizations, and communities to help get minority populations that aren’t well represented in the outdoors in our program. We actively do this because we believe having diversity makes for better groups!

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!

You Make It Possible!

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 our scholarship fund. If you are interested in changing young people’s lives, Give the Gift of Camp

 

Have a question?

Please feel free to contact Nell Pears at 803.222.2850 or nellicapears@upymca.org with any additional questions or concerns.