BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) is a national YMCA program designed for high school students to experience outdoor adventure while fostering personal growth among a diverse group of peers. 

A life-changing experience, teens practice courage, leadership, perseverance, collaboration and communication as they must work together to successfully navigate the challenges of a week-long back country journey in either Big Bear, CA or Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Whether witnessing the wonder of a breathtaking sunset, setting up camp, reaching a difficult summit or playing a game of capture the flag, the group experiences these moments together, cultivating a unique bond that collectively expands their community awareness, cultural competence and emotional intelligence.

Within the Y’s nurturing dynamic that encourages self-expression, diversity, inclusion and teamwork, participants return from their BOLD / GOLD experience knowing the confidence, strength and friendships they developed will help them meet any challenge on the trail, in the classroom or at home in their communities.

Whether teens go BOLD, shoot for the GOLD or select our BOLD & GOLD Co-ed option, they will step outside their comfort zone to discover their potential.

All BOLD & GOLD outdoor adventures are supervised by a team of caring YMCA staff and financial assistance is available for qualifying households.


 Date  Location  Program  Fee
 April 14 - 19, 2019  Camp Whittle (Big Bear, CA)  Co-Ed  $600
 June 23 - 29, 2019  Camp High Sierra (Mammoth, CA)  Co-Ed  $600
 July 7 - 13, 2019  Camp Whittle (Big Bear, CA)  Girls Trip  $600
 July 14 - 20, 2019  Camp Whittle (Big Bear, CA)  Boys Trip  $600
 July 28 - Aug 3, 2019  Camp High Sierra (Mammoth, CA)   Co-ed  $600
 Aug 11 - 17, 2019  Camp High Sierra (Mammoth, CA)  Adult Trip  $600


The first and last day of each trip is reserved for traveling to and from the base camp site in either Big Bear or Mammoth.

For more information, please contact your local Y or call YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Camping Services at 909 866 3000.