Rock Climbing at Midwest Climbing Academy
Through a partnership with our friends over at Midwest Climbing Academy, we are excited to offer rock climbing opportunities to all interested teenagers.
Whether you are brand new to the sport of rock climbing or have been climbing for years, this is a great opportunity. For 2 hours, we will have the entire gym to ourselves – just a couple of YMCA Climbing Leaders, a couple of coaches from the Midwest Climbing Academy, and you!
The cost of the program includes all necessary gear, lots of instruction from professional climbing coaches, and 2 hours of climbing and fun with other YMCA campers and BOLD/GOLD participants.
- November 12 and December 3
- 1pm-3pm (Please plan to arrive by 12:45pm)
- Cost is $24 per climber
Directions to Midwest Climbing Academy.
Please contact Rachel Schindler with any questions.
What is BOLD/GOLD?
Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development is an outdoor education program designed to develop multi-cultural leadership skills in young men and women through challenging outdoor activities.
Our canoeing expeditions provide an opportunity for teens from different economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds to build leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. We use the wilderness as our classroom, as participants:
- Learn how to persevere and practice resilience in the face of challenge.
- Develop emotional intelligence by practicing caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all their interactions with each group member.
- Learn to work with peers of different backgrounds in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
- Develop the multi-cultural leadership and communication skills needed to be successful in an increasingly globalized world.
- Find personal success, be allies to others, be of service to their community, and feel needed and respected amongst their peers.
The BOLD/GOLD Vision
To create a world where young men and women have the emotional intelligence, courage, and compassion to be positive multi-cultural leaders in their communities.
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.
Participants are encouraged to try the experience by themselves, but sometimes coming with a friend makes trying something new a little easier. If they would like to come with a friend, be sure that both participants request each other during the registration process.
Our average group size is six to seven total people – 4 or 5 campers and 2 counselors. All groups are single-gender and are based upon camper age.
Summer 2016 Schedule
8-day Session (5-day Canoe Trip) - $800
|July 30 - August 6||Widji|
10-day Session (7-day Canoe Trip) - $1000
|August 18-27 Menogyn|
11-day Session (7-day Canoe Trip) - $1100
|July 25 - August 4||Menogyn|
14-day Session (9-day Canoe Trip) - $1400
|June 25 - July 8||Menogyn|
|July 25 - August 7||Menogyn|
|July 30 - August 12||Widji|
Or download the Registration form.
Transportation and Necessary Paperwork
Transportation to and from Camp is included in the cost of your registration. BOLD and GOLD trips are run by either Camp Widjiwagan (based in Ely, MN) or Camp Menogyn (based on the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais, MN).
Please look at the dates for which you have registered. They will say which Camp is running your BOLD or GOLD trip.
The bus will take your BOLD or GOLD participant to Camp on the first day of your session and return your participant to the Twin Cities on the last day of your session.
All trips are run by either Camp Menogyn or Camp Widjiwagan. We offer 8-Day Sessions, 10-Day, 11-Day Sessions, and 14-Day Sessions.
Schedule for a 8-Day Session:
- Day 1 - Bus departs at 7am or 8am. Drive to Camp. Meet your counselors and other group members. Spend the night at Camp.
- Day 2 – Spend time preparing for your trip, organizing personal and group clothing and gear, packing all of the group’s food, and building relationships. Stay in a cabin at night.
- Day 3 – Head out on your canoeing trip.
- Day 4-6 – Continue canoeing and camping.
- Day 7 – Return to the Camp property, clean and put away your gear. Have a celebratory dinner.
- Day 8 – Return home on the bus.
The schedule for longer sessions looks the same, but with more days and nights on the canoe trip.
BOLD/GOLD Program Director