Backpacking, Canoeing


YMCA of the Pines

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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What makes our BOLD & GOLD programs so special?

Our trips bring participants to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the northeast.

Teens are not only exposed to the natural beauty of these remarkable wilderness spaces, but they are also inspired to be their most courageous and confident selves as they learn new skills, make lifelong friends and challenge themselves to enthusiastically embrace adventure.

From high ropes adventures to backpacking and boating trips, our teens return from mountain peaks and backcountry valleys knowing that the skills, confidence, strength and friendships they’ve gained will help them meet any challenge that comes their way.

Easy to get to

YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 800 acres nestled in the edge of the Pine Barrens in South Jersey, is centrally located between Philadelphia, New York, and Maryland/Delaware.

Explore the adventurous side of camp

Our single-gender sleepaway camps have been providing youth development opportunities since 1906. BOLD & GOLD trips build on the resident camp experience, allowing participants to stretch themselves and build deeper friendships in beautiful, natural settings

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

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