YMCA of the Pines offers wilderness expeditions for ages 11-17
Sessions range from 1 to 2 weeks long. Experience the Challenge and Adventure!
“The Outdoor Leadership program taught me to push myself past my limits and exceed my expectations!”
- 15-year-old BOLD & GOLD participant
Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development
BOLD & GOLD offers the opportunity for youth to develop leadership skills in a diverse group of peers. While hiking or canoeing through the wilderness of the South Jersey Pine Barrens 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 two different types of one-week trips for our 2021 BOLD & GOLD program:
- Pinelands Boating and Hiking
- Pinelands Hiking
To learn more about the national BOLD & GOLD program, please visit the national BOLD & GOLD website.
Teen Leadership Trips: Experience The Challenge and Adventure!
Ages 15- 16, we are allowing 17 year old’s for 2021
The Rangers Boots & Boats 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.
All trips are led by our experienced instructors who hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding.
Here is the detailed packing list– if you need something, please make that known on your registration form so we can be prepared.