The BOLD & GOLD program at Camp Cherokee is primarily single gender YMCA programs dedicated to inspiring courage and leadership in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures and wilderness tripping. During the summer, we run 8 weeks of programming: 4 weeks of boys trips (BOLD) and 4 weeks of girls trips (GOLD). Activities may include backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, yoga, art, backcountry cooking and having fun. Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants. Understanding more about what it means to be a young woman or man in today’s society informs how we view the world. We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style. We prepare young people, from middle school on, to be the next generation of leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world. Find out more at www.ymcacampcherokee.org.
Teaching wilderness skills during 7 day backpacking trips, ensuring a physically and emotionally safe environment
Create and build values-forming experiences for self-identified adolescents
Support Traditional Camp staff on a day-to-day basis, including but not limited to: high adventure classes, evening activities, and meals
Support the organization’s overall cultural competency development
Professional instructional experience in backpacking, rock climbing, and/or mountaineering preferred
Commitment to working with diverse groups
Excellent judgment and decision making skills
Strong group facilitation, communication, and conflict resolution skills
Ability to create an inclusive environment for all participants
Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of underserved youth
Experience facilitating activities addressing issues facing
About Upper Palmetto YMCA Camp Cherokee
Residential Summer Camp for campers aged 6-14. Additionally we offer a backpacking program (BOLD/GOLD) for youths in high school.