Let’s Go Explore! Wilderness Expeditions for Ages 11-15

BOLD & GOLD – Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development

YMCA of the Pines is proud to be a part of a thriving community of YMCA BOLD & GOLD programs across the country!  Together, we are working to create a world where young men and women have the emotional intelligence, courage, and compassion to be leaders in their communities.

BOLD & GOLD participants overcome obstacles and bond with a diverse group of peers while exploring beautiful and natural backcountry wilderness areas.  These experiences give them a unique opportunity to build friendships, resiliency, practice communication skills, self-reflection, and develop a sense of wonder for the outdoors.  They go home more skilled and equipped to lead others.

Our 2021 BOLD & GOLD trips are designed for youth ages 11-15, and take place in the Pinelands of South Jersey.  We are offering two itineraries this year: One is canoeing and hiking, and the other is hiking only.  All nights will be spent in tents, as groups will journey together on beautiful trails or rivers each day.  No outdoor experience is required to participate – all are welcome!

2021 BOLD & GOLD Pinelands Expeditions

Separate gender trips for ages 11-15

Participants in these 7 day, 6 night outdoor leadership trips venture off-site into the Pinelands wilderness of South Jersey.  They are given opportunities to build leadership skills in a diverse group of peers.  All nights are spent in tents, as the group hikes or paddles together on beautiful trails or rivers each day.  Along the journey together, participants develop courage, confidence, emotional intelligence, community awareness, and a sense of wonder.  The itineraries are challenging but suitable for those new to adventuring in the outdoors. Please note, participants in our BOLD & GOLD program are not campers at Camp Ockanickon or Camp Matollionequay.

Recent BOLD & GOLD participants have shared the following successes about their experience:

“I developed life skills and confidence in the outdoors.” 

“I’ve created lots of friends.” 

“It is making me able to be more comfortable outside of my normal environment.” 

“I learned about leadership, maturity, and responsibility.” 

“It showed me how far I could push myself, which is an important skill throughout life.” 

Trips by Age Group and Gender*:

Girls Ages 13-15
July 11-17 – GOLD I Pinelands Hiking
July 25-31 – GOLD II Pinelands Boating and Hiking

Boys Ages 13-15
July 11-17 – BOLD I Pinelands Boating and Hiking
July 25-31 – BOLD II Pinelands Hiking

Girls Ages 11-13
August 8-14 –GOLD III Pinelands Hiking
August 22-28 – GOLD IV Pinelands Boating and Hiking

Boys Ages 11-13
August 8-14 – BOLD III Pinelands Boating and Hiking
August 22-28 – BOLD IV Pinelands Hiking

*We recognize that not all people fall into binary gender categories.  Please select the gender group that the participant would most identify with and feel the most comfortable in.

Trips by Calendar Dates:

July 11-17 – Ages 13-15
BOLD I Pinelands Boating and Hiking
GOLD I Pinelands Hiking

July 25-31 – Ages 13-15
BOLD II Pinelands Hiking
GOLD II Pinelands Boating and Hiking

August 8-14 – Ages 11-13
BOLD III Pinelands Boating and Hiking
GOLD III Pinelands Hiking

August 22-28 – Ages 11-13
BOLD IV Pinelands Hiking
GOLD IV Pinelands Boating and Hiking

2021 Pricing

  • 1 Week Pricing – Tier A: $870 – Tier B: $815 – Tier C: $760

** The tiered pricing system is an “honor system” designed to make the program more affordable and accessible. Tiers B and C are below the true cost of the program, so we ask that all families who can afford to pay Tier A please do so. All chosen tiers are confidential and all participants receive the same great experience regardless of tiers.  Everyone is welcome in the BOLD & GOLD community and inclusivity is at the heart of the program.  Please ask about financial aid options if you need further assistance.

Here is the detailed packing list– if you need something, please make that known on your registration form so we can be prepared.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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