COVID-19 Program Updates

As of now, we are still planning to run our trips as scheduled. We certainly expect to have a BOLD & GOLD program in some capacity and are ready to be flexible based on federal, state, and local recommendations as summer approaches. It's best to register now to guarantee your spot. If we end up having to cancel the trip on our end due to safety regulations or group size restrictions, your deposit will be refunded.

For more information and answers to other questions, check out our new FAQ Page!

About the Program

Boys Outdoor Leadership Development
Girls Outdoor Leadership Development

Every child deserves an outdoor experience and no child is turned away for financial reasons!
Find out if you qualify for financial assistance here

Are you ready to explore, make new friends and be inspired by the beauty of nature? Leave what you know behind and be a part of something extraordinary in the wilderness. On a YMCA BOLD and GOLD backpacking adventure, you will:

  • Do the impossible! You’ll understand the value of challenge and the meaning of hard work while experiencing amazing sunsets, beautiful mountaintops and starry skies.
  • Experience the challenge and the wonder of being up close and personal with California’s amazing wild places. During your expedition you’ll live outdoors, sleep outside every night, help cook your own meals and carry all you need.
  • Develop trust in one another and believe in yourself. You’ll laugh deeply, make lifelong friends and discover your true potential.
  • Connect with students from all different backgrounds. We embrace diversity and the uniqueness of every participant, including ethnicity, race, socio-economic level, culture and gender expression. You’ll be inspired to be yourself and learn how to be a bridge-builder in today’s multicultural world.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, IS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF OUR MEMBERS AND DONORS.
Click here to pledge your support to this life-changing program!

 

BOLD, GOLD, or All Gender?

Gender equality is an important component of the BOLD & GOLD program. Single gender boys (BOLD) or girls (GOLD) trips allow participants to be themselves while stepping out of their comfort zone.  You’ll have fun exploring the wonder of the wilderness while making new friends, and developing leadership skills that empower you on trail and at home. On All Gender expeditions, instructors help you work together with your team in a way that empowers and allows equal space for everyone.

 

All You Need: A Desire to Go

Our trips are designed for beginners who are ready to embrace getting dirty and the adventure of living in the woods. No experience backpacking is necessary.

Gear: We provide all group gear and will send you a packing list prior to the trip. Missing something on the list? Let us know. We can probably loan it to you at no additional cost.

Staff: Our leaders are skilled at building strong groups, have extensive experience working with youth as well as adults, and are passionate about inspiring people of all ages to discover the best in themselves. All BOLD & GOLD instructors are experienced outdoor professionals, possess certifications in Wilderness Medicine, and have undergone background checks and abuse prevention training.

Getting There: Once at camp, we transport BOLD & GOLD students to the trip destination on a 20-passenger bus driven by a staff member with a commercial driver's license and extensive training. Starting locations and transportation options to and from Camp Jones Gulch vary by trip. For most trips, campers can register for chartered bus transportation from various YMCAs throughout the Bay Area. See each trip's description for more details.

2020 BOLD & GOLD Trips

Trip Name

Dates

Age Range

Intro to Backpacking             

All Gender: June 14 - 18                  

Entering Grades 7-9

     

Henry Coe State Park

BOLD: June 21 - 26
GOLD: June 21 - 26

Entering Grades 7-11

     

Desolation Wilderness 

BOLD: June 28 - July 6
GOLD: June 28 - July 6

Entering Grades 9-12 (Max Age 17)*

     

Yosemite Backpacking

BOLD: July 12-17
GOLD: July 12-17
All Gender: Aug 2-7

Entering Grades 8-12 (Max Age 17)*

     

Point Reyes

BOLD: July 19 - 24
GOLD: July 19 - 24

Entering Grades 7-11

     

Big Basin Skyline to Sea    

BOLD: July 26 -  31
GOLD: July 26 - 31

Entering Grades 8-12 (Max Age 17)*

     

Yosemite Backpacking
for Young Adults
 

All Gender: August 2 - 7 

Age 18-24

 

Intro to Backpacking (All Gender)

Come experience the beauty of Camp’s back yard on this 5-day all gender trip throughout Camp Jones Gulch and the surrounding area. Campers will backpack from Camp to the Sierra Club’s Hiker’s Hut and trail camps in Pescadero Creek County Park. Participants will learn backcountry cooking, navigation, and leadership while exploring redwood forests and beautiful vistas.

Getting There: Pick-up and Drop-off are at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. If you prefer, you may register for chartered bus transportation in one or both directions from various Bay Area Ys.

Dates: June 14 - 18
Grades: Entering 7th - 9th
Fee: 5 Days, 4 Nights: $730

Register Trip Info Sheet

Henry Coe State Park

After preparing for your trip here at Camp Jones Gulch. travel to nearby Henry Coe State Park, known for its flowing creeks and spring wildflowers. We’ll spend four nights and five days hiking in Henry Coe’s 23,000 acre wilderness area, cooling off in refreshing creeks, bonding as a group and becoming ever stronger leaders.

Getting There: Pick-up and Drop-off are at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. There is no chartered bus transportation available for this trip.

BOLD: June 21 - 26
GOLD: June 21 - 26​
Grades: Entering 7th - 11th
Fee: 6 Days, 5 Nights: $890

BOLD Registration GOLD Registration Trip Info Sheet

 

Desolation Wilderness of Lake Tahoe

We’ll begin our trip on the stunning shores of Lake Tahoe before hiking up into the majestic mountains of the Desolation Wilderness. Participants can look forward to cooling off mid-day at one of the many alpine lakes, camping in beautiful sites, and experiencing the adventure and tranquility of true wilderness.

Getting There: Check-in is at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. If you prefer, you may register for chartered bus transportation to get to camp from various Bay Area Ys. At the end of the trip, we will do drop-offs at the EM Downer Y in Richmond and the Stonestown Y in San Francisco. 

Dates: June 28 - July 6
Grades: Entering 9th-12th (Age 17 Max)
Fee: 9 Days, 8 Nights: $1330

BOLD Registration GOLD Registration Trip Info Sheet

 

Yosemite Backpacking

Explore the majestic backcountry of Yosemite and take in the incredible ecosystems tucked away from the crowds! Each day, we’ll hike 5-8 miles in one of the country’s oldest and most famous national parks. Each night, we’ll set up camp in barely touched, truly natural areas. Campers will learn high sierra backpacking skills while exploring refreshing creeks, incredible granite formations, and breathtaking views.

Getting There: Check-in is at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. If you prefer, you may register for chartered bus transportation to get to camp from various Bay Area Ys. At the end of the trip, we will do drop-offs at the EM Downer Y in Richmond and the Stonestown Y in San Francisco. 

BOLD: July 12 - 17
GOLD: July 12 - 17​
All Gender: Aug 2 - 7
Grades: Entering 8th-12th (Age 17 Max)
Fee: 6 Days, 5 Nights: $915

BOLD Registration GOLD Registration All Gender Registration 

BOLD/GOLD Info Sheet All Gender Info Sheet

 

Point Reyes Expedition

Whether you are brand new to backpacking or have put many miles behind you, Point Reyes will not disappoint! After spending an overnight at Camp, we’ll travel to beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore to spend four nights in the wilderness, hiking approximately 5-6 miles per day and developing outdoor leadership skills. Each night, we will set up camp at a backcountry campsite either in the forest or along the coast.

Getting There: Check-in and check-out is are at the Point Bonita YMCA in the Marin Headlands. There is no chartered bus transportation available that week.

BOLD: July 19 - 24​
GOLD: July 19 - 24​
Grades: Entering 7th - 11th 
Full Price: 6 Days, 5 Nights; $890

BOLD Registration GOLD Registration Trip Info Sheet

Big Basin, Skyline-To-Sea

Join us for an unforgettable experience that will challenge you and help you develop your leadership and outdoors potential! Campers will spend one night at Camp Jones Gulch before embarking on a 5-day backpacking trip starting at our camp, traveling through beautiful old growth redwoods, and culminating at the Pacific Ocean!

Getting There: Pick-up and Drop-off are at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. If you prefer, you may register for chartered bus transportation to and from Camp.

Dates: July 26 - 31
Grades: Entering 8th-12th (Age 17 Max)
Fee: 6 Days, 5 Nights: $860

BOLD Registration GOLD Registration Trip Info Sheet

 

All Gender Yosemite Backpacking for Young Adults

Explore the majestic backcountry of Yosemite and take in the incredible ecosystems tucked away from the crowds! Each day, we’ll hike 5-8 miles in one of the country’s oldest and most famous national parks. Each night, we’ll set up camp in barely touched, truly natural areas. Campers will learn high sierra backpacking skills while exploring refreshing creeks, incredible granite formations, and breathtaking views.

Transportation: The trip leaves from Camp Jones Gulch. We recommend getting dropped off by a friend or family member, parking here at camp, or leaving your car at home and using our free shuttle to and from the Redwood City Caltrain. At the end of the trip, we will do drop-offs at the EM Downer Y in Richmond, Stonestown Y in San Francisco, and here at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch.

Dates: August 2 - 7
Fee: $915
Ages: 18-24

Register Trip Info Sheet

 

 

Financial Assistance

Please use the form below to determine what level of financial assistance you are eligible for.