Summer 2017 marks the inaugural year of the Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development Program (BOLD and GOLD) Internship. This program provides an alternative path for campers who are interested in building the wilderness skills needed to join our staff and who are interested in teaching campers the leadership skills necessary to navigate in a multicultural world. We are particularly focused on recruiting participants for this program who have participated in a BOLD or GOLD session, who identify as a person of color and/or who feel like our advanced camper program isn’t a realistic option given financial or other constraints.
Last summer, our Leader Interns spent almost a month working at Widji. Interns completed a 10-day training session, had a day off and then co-led a 10-day Intro Canoe trip or BOLD and GOLD trip with a Widji Trail Staff. Interns participating in this program learned a lot. They supported homesick campers, completed hard portages and helped cook meals. Almost uniformly, our interns reported that the experience of co-leading a trip was much harder than they imagined but also rewarding and so much fun! Congratulations to our 2017 BOLD and GOLD Interns – Eboni Koch-Simmons, David Ibarra, Paul Vang, Sophadriana Oum and Eh Nay Say! -Amy Hadow, Summer Program Director