Talcott BOLD/GOLD, an exciting spin on our traditional sleepaway program, combines the very best of a summer at Talcott with exciting team building activities, leadership development, and awesome adventure trips designed especially for our oldest campers. BOLD/GOLD (Boys/Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) is a program run at YMCA camps across the country and is designed to bring together young high school students from all different walks of life to grow and learn together in a fun and challenging way.
June 30-July 13
Kick off the summer by discovering all the incredible beauty and adventure the Pocono Mountains have to offer! Campers will spend the first week at Camp Talcott developing connections, learning the basics of rock climbing and mastering outdoor living skills. In week two, campers will venture out on a four-day, three night trip into the Poconos, where they will white water raft, hike, and rappel in the vast Lehigh River Gorge.
July 14-July 27
This trip offers an exciting excursion away from camp into the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and Connecticut. On site at Camp Talcott in week one, campers will hone their outdoor leadership skills in a range of teambuilding and challenge course activities. In week 2, Campers will travel to New England for a four day, three night trek that includes a hike up Bear Mountain, the highest peak in CT. Having conquered the Berkshires on foot, the campers will head north to Massachusetts to spend their final day swinging through the trees at Ramblewild Ariel Adventure park.
July 28-August 10
This session begins on-site at Camp Talcott, where campers will swim, canoe, hike, and participate in a range of teambuilding and traditional camp activities. Campers then embark on a trip up to the magnificent Adirondack Mountains which are known for their breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Over the course of four days, they will camp out, hike, and rock climb the high peaks. The final day of the trip will be spent learning to war canoe on the expansive waterways of Lake George.
August 11-August 24
Our final trip will take our campers down to the famous New Jersey coastline to experience the allure of the Atlantic ocean. During the first week of camp, campers will reside at Camp Talcott, engaging in teambuilding, leadership development, and mastering outdoor living skills, with a special emphasis on kayaking. The session will culminate in a four day, three night paddling excursion along the beautiful coastline of NJ. Campers will try their hand at both sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding as the tackle the welcoming waves of the Atlantic.
Our primary focus for these adventures, as well as our other programs, is safety. All of our trip leaders are over 21 years of age and have significant experience in a wide range of adventure and wilderness-based activities. Additionally, our trip leaders and counselors receive two weeks of training prior to the start of the summer that focuses on working with children and ensuring safety in an outdoor environment. To ensure the safety of our campers while out of camp, our adventure staff are also certified in Wilderness First Aid/Responder, Lifeguarding, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
BOLD-GOLD campers spend the first week of their two week session on-site at Talcott engaged in team building, leadership training, and learning outdoor living skills and most of their second week (typically four days and three nights) on an exciting adventure trip, using their new skills and strengthening the bonds they have made with their fellow campers.
Specific information about destinations and travel plans are not posted on-line to protect the safety of our campers. Detailed itineraries can be obtained by calling the camp office at 845-858-2200.
Nutrition is an important element of each trip. Healthy and nutritious meals are provided by our food service professionals and prepared by trip leaders following New York State Health Department regulations. In keeping with this program’s emphasis on leadership and responsibility, campers participate in the planning, packing, preparing and clean-up of every meal. Morning, afternoon, and evening snacks are also provided. Vegetarian options are available at each meal, and all other dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
All equipment used by the larger group–tents, tarps, cook stoves, etc–will be provided. Campers only need to pack their personal gear and equipment (e.g., sleeping bag, clothing, toiletries). A detailed packing list can be found here. If you have questions about the packing list or are interested in borrowing gear, please call or email the camp office. We do have a limited supply of personal items than can be lent out on a first come, first serve basis.