Backpacking, Canoeing, Rafting

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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What makes our BOLD & GOLD programs so special?

Backpack in the land of the glaciers…

Escape the busy city life and get out of town to beautiful Northern Wisconsin!

Our programs will take us backpacking along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin. The IAT is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the country, and this designation includes incredible trails like the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. We will carry everything we need for a week in the woods on our backs, all the while learning self-sufficiency, team work, and practical outdoor skills.

Our BOLD and GOLD trips teach teens to be leaders on the trail and at home. You will return from a BOLD or GOLD trip feeling refreshed from a week in the woods away from technology, connected to new friends, and feeling like you can take on any adventure that comes your way!

No experience is necessary to enjoy the outdoors!

Our trips are designed with beginners in mind! We believe the outdoors are for everyone and our trips are the perfect place to get started learning backpacking and outdoor skills. No experience is necessary!

Embark on Adventure!

All trips start and end near Chicago, with transportation to the trail in Wisconsin provided. This gives our instructors an opportunity to meet with participants and caregivers before we embark on our adventure.

Read trip descriptions and find out more on the local YMCA webpage

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Upcoming Program Dates

Boys Backpacking

June 18, 2023 - June 23, 2023
  • Backpacking

Girls Canoeing

June 25, 2023 - June 30, 2023
  • Canoeing

Whitewater Adventure

July 9, 2023 - July 21, 2023
  • Rafting

Boys Canoeing

July 30, 2023 - August 4, 2023
  • Canoeing

Girls Backpacking

August 6, 2023 - August 11, 2023
  • Backpacking

Intro to Adventrue

August 13, 2023 - August 18, 2023
  • Backpacking