YMCA of the Pines offers wilderness expeditions for ages 11-17

“The Outdoor Leadership program taught me to push myself past my limits and exceed my expectations!”

- 15-year-old BOLD & GOLD participant


Outdoor Leadership Development

Ages 11-17

BOLD & GOLD offers the opportunity for youth to develop leadership skills in a diverse group of peers.  While hiking or canoeing through the wilderness and overcoming challenges together, youth have the opportunity to develop courage, confidence, emotional intelligence, community awareness, and a sense of wonder – all necessary skills for success in school and in their communities.

We offer both single gender and all gender trips that visit some of the most beautiful parks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  Most of our current BOLD & GOLD trips are six to seven days long, with all nights spent in tents.

Learn more about our BOLD & GOLD trips – Dates, Rates, and Descriptions! >

To learn more about the national BOLD & GOLD program, please visit the national BOLD & GOLD website.


Friendship, Challenge, and Adventure!

Ages 14- 16

The Rangers Wilderness Trip is a capstone of Camp Ockanickon and Camp Matollionequay. The entire experience is two weeks long.  Campers spend the first and last couple of days at camp, and nine days out on the trail.  They backpack on a spectacular section of the Appalachian Trail and canoe down the peaceful waters of the Delaware River.

Learn more about Rangers trips – Dates and Rates! >

Our wilderness instructors hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding (for boating expeditions).  Instructors also receive extensive training on leadership development and backcountry living skills.
Here is the detailed packing list– if you need something, please make that known on your registration form so we can be prepared.