BOLD/GOLD Program Helps Teens Develop Social and Leadership Skills

GREENSBORO, NC – YMCA Camp Weaver will be hosting its final BOLD/GOLD Outdoor Leadership Program August 7th-12th, and is seeking additional applicants.

What exactly is BOLD/GOLD? This unique co-ed, youth backpacking BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) program is a one-week wilderness educational program designed to develop multi-cultural leadership skills through challenging outdoor activities and gain skills. Thanks to various foundations (REI Foundation, the McKibben Merner Family Foundation, the Youth Outdoor Legacy Fund, and private donors to the Y-USA), this program has served over 400 students nationally since its inception in 2006.

Research has uncovered many benefits of camp programs for youth including physical exercise, establishing lasting friendships, discovering new passions and skills, and the ability to express themselves in creative ways.

“Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment.” Peter Scales, Ph.D., a senior fellow with the Search Institute in Minneapolis, a noted educator, author, and psychologist (Source: American Camp Association)

Many young people today aren’t given enough of these opportunities and Camp Weaver offers a fun, safe environment for young people to thrive and gain confidence, especially through its BOLD/GOLD Outdoor Leadership program.

Comprised of small groups (9 participants with two to three instructors), this program takes teens on a multi-day journey through North Carolina’s natural terrain where participants will be introduced to basic camping, hiking and backpacking skills. Campers gain valuable leadership and team skills as they work together to uncover and solve challenging outdoor activities they probably wouldn’t encounter otherwise.

The BOLD/GOLD program reduces and removes many barriers like experience, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, so teens can enjoy access to the outdoors through wilderness adventure and build leadership values and skills with their peers. Participants will return from this program knowing that the confidence, strength and friendships they developed will help them meet any challenge on the trail, in the classroom, and back home in their communities.

The August 7th-12th co-ed BOLD & GOLD trip costs $750 per student and is available to 9th-11th grade students. Financial assistance available to those who qualify. For more information, please call Allison Shelnut at Camp Weaver at 336.697.9525.


About YMCA Camp Weaver

YMCA Camp Weaver offers both Day Camp and Overnight Camp programs with more activities, more time to build friendships and gain important social skills, and more opportunities to gain responsibility; all under the supervisions of positive role models in a safe and fun environment. The social enrichment children are exposed to at summer camp positively affects their performance academically and socially, helping them develop self-confidence and self-esteem. For many children that are only able to attend camp through our “Send a Kid to Camp” financial assistance program, YMCA Camp Weaver may be the only place they have the opportunity to build these skills. YMCA Camp Weaver is located in Southeast Greensboro, North Carolina. For more information on YMCA Camp Weaver, please visit www.campweaver.org.


About the YMCA of Greensboro

The YMCA of Greensboro was founded in 1889 with a mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Through its six branches and YMCA Camp Weaver, the YMCA of Greensboro is strengthening the foundations of our community by offering a warm and friendly environment where people of all ages, races, faiths, beliefs, and physical and financial abilities participate in worthwhile programs and meaningful experiences that make a positive difference in their lives. For more information on the YMCA of Greensboro, please visit www.ymcagreensboro.org.