- June 23–July 2
- July 7–16
YMCA BOLD & GOLD Financial Assistance is available for families that qualify. Awards are based on income level and family size. Other factors considered.
With partnerships on amazing trips, like the YMCA BOLD & GOLD program, we've been able to expand our trip options top include youth adventures. Tour providers listed here are those we have collaborated with in the past and programs that we think have excellent value to youth in our community. Providers include:
YMCA Camp Jones Gulch's Boys Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (GOLD) program with various destinations and dates throughout this summer.
For more information, you can also contact: Xander Tartter, Outdoor Programs Coordinator, YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-747-1208
Participants will be carrying their own gear, 30+ lbs, 2 - 5 miles each day over easy to moderate terrain with minimal elevation drops and gains over well maintained trails. We recommend doing numerous day hikes and training with a 30+ lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be decent physical condition. A training regime can be supplied, at request. Also, please make sure your hiking boots are broken in before the trip.
Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
Sturdy hiking boots that are broken in
SunscreenSun hat, Sunglasses
Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry
Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks
Seasonally: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves
All meals and snacks
Group cooking gear
Water filtration systems
Group first aid kit
Expert certified guides
Transportation to and from the park
Park entrance fees
Personal backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad, backpack)
“This backpacking trip with the YMCA has been the most amazing experience I have had with the outdoors.”
“From trudging through steep slopes, to being in relief and finally setting up camp, I will use the lessons I have learned on the trail and apply them to my everyday life.”
“Overall, this trip has been a challenging, but amazing experience and I think it has improved my skills in the wilderness and my leadership skills, also, it was a good reminder that ...