Leadership. Community. Expedition. 

“At the end of it the accomplishment you feel makes it all worth it. I made so many new friends on this trip and I bonded so much with counselors. It was amazing canoeing and seeing everything. We saw animals, waterfalls, caves, and more. One of the best weeks of my life and I hope it does that for you too.”  

- BOLD & GOLD participant, 2022 

Participants in the BOLD & GOLD program do not need to have any prior experience in camping, canoeing or rock climbing. All that is needed is a desire to learn, try something new, and become a part of a new community of friends. 

To learn more about the BOLD & GOLD program, please visit this page: What is BOLD & GOLD.

BOLD & GOLD at YMCA of the North

Here in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, we operate canoeing and rock climbing trips for youth ages 11-18. We run out of four different camps; two closer to the Twin Cities (Camps Ihduhapi and St. Croix), and two in northern Minnesota (Camps Widjiwagan and Menogyn). Canoeing trips operated by Camp St. Croix and Camp Ihduhapi canoe on the St. Croix River. Trips operated by Camp Widjiwagan and Camp Menogyn canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 

We operate a tiered- trip system.

  • Tier One trips are typically for younger youth who want a shorter tripping experience. Tier one trips most always run two nights tenting on trail, with the rest of time spent in camp prepping for the trip, or closing out a group's time together.
  • Tier Two trips are longer in length, and are for youth interested in spending more time on trail.
  • Tier Three trips are for youth who want a long wilderness expedition, where you can build on skills and curriculum learned during shorter trip experiences.  

Our BOLD & GOLD trips are unique from other tripping opportunities, as we intentionally engage youth in curriculum focused on leadership development, cultural competency and community building.  

Summer 2023 Schedule

Please note, for our single gender offerings, that our boys trips are open to male-identifying participants and non-binary participants that would prefer a male-identifying trip, and our girls trips are open to female-identifying participants and non-binary participants that would prefer a female-identifying trip. Camp Ihduhapi is offering all-gender trips in addition to single gender trip opportunities. We want to make sure that we are providing safe spaces for all youth to thrive in our programming. If you have any questions about which trip may be the best fit for your child, please don’t  hesitate to reach out to Angela Wunderlich, BOLD & GOLD Director, with any questions, comments, or concerns. 

June Tier 1

Canoe (5 days):

6/26 – 6/30 (boys, girls entering grades 7-10) | Menogyn - $685

Canoe (6 days):

6/18 – 6/23 (boys entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825 
6/25 – 6/30 (girls entering grades 7-9) | St. Croix - $825 
6/25 – 6/30 (girls entering grades 6-7) | Ihduhapi - $825 

Backpacking (6 days):

6/18 – 6/23 (girls entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825
6/25 – 6/30 (boys entering grades 6-7) | Ihduhapi - $825 

June Tier 2

Canoe (9 days):

6/15 – 6/23 (boys, girls) | Widjiwagan - $1,375

July Tier 1 

Canoe (6 days):

7/9 – 7/14 (boys entering grades 7-9) | St. Croix - $825
7/9 – 7/14 (boys, girls entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825 
7/16 – 7/21 (boys entering grades 6-7) | Ihduhapi - $825 
7/23 – 7/28 (girls entering grades 7-9) | St. Croix - $825 
7/23 – 7/28 (all gender entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825 
7/30 – 8/4 (boys, girls entering grades 6-7) | Ihduhapi - $825 

Climb (6 days):

7/16 – 7/21 (boys entering grades 7-9) | St. Croix - $825
7/30 – 8/4 (girls entering grades 7-9) | St. Croix - $825 

Backpacking (6 days): 

7/9 – 7/14 (all gender entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825
7/16 – 7/21 (girls entering grades 6-7) | Ihduhapi - $825 
7/23 – 7/28 (boys, girls entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825 
7/30 – 8/4 (all gender entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825 

July Tier 2

Canoe (12 days):

7/3 – 7/14 (boys, girls entering grades 8-12) | Widjiwagan - $1,835
7/3 – 7/14 (boys, girls entering grades 8-12) | Menogyn - $1,835 
7/31 – 8/11 (boys, girls entering grades 8-12) | Widjiwagan - $1,835

Canoe and Climb (13 days):

7/9 – 7/21 (boys entering grades 8-10) | St. Croix - $1,795
7/23 – 8/4 (girls entering grades 8-10) | St. Croix - $1,795

August Tier 1

Canoe (5 days): 

8/21 – 8/25 (boys, girls entering grades 7-10) | Menogyn - $685 

Canoe (6 days):

8/6 – 8/11 (boys entering grades 7-9) | St. Croix - $825
8/13 – 8/18 (girls, all gender entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825

Backpacking (6 days):

8/6 – 8/11 (boys, girls entering grades 6-7) | Ihduhapi - $825
8/13 – 8/18 (boys entering grades 8-9) | Ihduhapi - $825

August Tier 2

Canoe (9 days): 

8/18 – 8/26 (boys, girls entering grades 8-12) | Widjiwagan - $1,375

Canoe (12 days): 

8/7 – 8/18 (boys, girls entering grades 8-12) | Menogyn - $1,835

August Tier 3

Canoe (16 days): 

8/7 – 8/22 (boys, girls entering grades 9-12) | Widjiwagan - $2,445

Registration

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Camp St. Croix

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Camp Widjiwagan

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Partnership Opportunities

Are you a part of an organization that may be interested in sending youth on a trip, either as individuals, or as a group? We would love to work with you to craft a partnership between BOLD & GOLD and your organization! Please email Angela Wunderlich, BOLD & GOLD Director, with any inquiries.

Scholarship Information 

We want to ensure that no young person has a financial barrier to accessing our programs. Please visit this page, Scholarships, to view information on the scholarship process.