Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development

Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development

BOLD/GOLD is a wilderness experiential education program designed to develop multi-cultural leadership skills in young men and women through challenging outdoor activities.  Our 5-8 day backpacking, canoeing, climbing, and mountain biking courses will give you the leadership skills you need to thrive in high school, college and beyond!  A desire to have fun and challenge yourself in spirit, mind and body required! No outdoor experience or equipment is necessary.

No Experience Required

Participants in the BOLD & GOLD program do not need to have any prior experience in camping or canoeing. All that is needed is a desire to participate and an interest in trying something new.


Trip overview

On our 5 day/4 night backpacking and fly fishing adventure we will explore the cold, clean rivers of the Appalachian Mountains that are the perfect setting for a beginner to learn to fly fish, or for an experienced angler to fine tune their skills fishing for native Appalachian Brook Trout. On this course students will learn basic fly fishing techniques such as casting, knot tying, fly selection and river features.


  • Transportation
  • Instruction
  • All camping and fishing equipment
  • Food
  • Fishing License/Permits

March 20th-24th

Cost: $450 (scholarships available)

Open to members and non members alike

Register HERE

Teen Spring Break Day Camp Adventures with Open Air Academy

Destination: Adventure! March 20th-24th

Impacting teen lives through nature based adventures and servant leadership.

Y-Members: $100

Non-Members: $125

Activities for the week include: Hiking, Fishing, Canoeing, and an optional overnight camping trip on Thursday night!

Space is limited to 36 Teens so sign up HERE today!!!

Summer 2017 Schedule

Middle School Girls

Backpacking Expedition $500

June 11th-17th

Canoepacking Expedition $700

July 16th-22nd

Middle School Boys

Backpacking Expedition $500

June 4th-10th 

Canoepacking Expedition $700

July 9th-15th

High School Girls

Backpacking Expedition $500

June 25th-July 1st

Canoepacking Expedition $700

July 30th-August 5th

High School Boys

Backpacking Expedition $500

June 18th-24th

Canoepacking Expedition $700

July 23rd-29th

Transportation and Paperwork

Transportation to and from course locations is provided. All BOLD and GOLD trips leave from the North River Healthy Living Center YMCA in Chattanooga, TN. Contact Adam Cogbill with questions about drop off and pick up times.


2017 Summer Course Schedule

Registration Form

Medical Release Form

Financial Assistance 

We believe in the power of our programs and that every child should experirence them, regardless of family income. We will never turn a child away who has a willing heart and a desire to participate.

Financial Assistance Application

BOLD/GOLD Shared Vision Statement

To create a world where young people have the emotional intelligence, courage and compassion to be positive multi-cultural leaders in their communities.

The primary goal of BOLD/GOLD is to reduce and remove barriers for all youth and teens, regardless of experience, ethnicity or socio-economic status, to enjoy access to the outdoors through wilderness adventure, and to build leadership values and skills.

For more information, email or call (423) 805-3317.

Employment Opportunities

Wilderness Instructors

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