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.

Bold & Gold Camping Services


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

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.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all of our campers this summer, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles will be requiring that all campers are either fully vaccinated (2 weeks from your second dose).  For those campers who are unable to get vaccinated prior to their trip, the Y will be providing rapid tests on the day of departure, in order to attend our leader camps this summer. A negative test is required to attend if your child is not vaccinated.  

If your child is not fully vaccinated and you need to take advantage of this free testing service, please show up one-hour prior to your departure so there is time to get the results. 

All Y camp staff will either be fully vaccinated or will be required to provide a negative test each week. 

We appreciate your understanding.  

For more information, please email or call YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Camping Services at 909 866 3000.

2021 Bold & Gold Schedule:

  • June 27 - July 2, 2021
  • July 5th - July 9, 2021
  • July 11 - July 16, 2021
  • July 25 - July 30, 2021
  • August 1 - August 6, 2021

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