BOLD & GOLD: 5 Things to Remember for Your Trip
Published: June 12, 2018, at 10:22 a.m. PT
Last updated: February 28, 2020, at 2:18 p.m. PT
Setting out on a Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development expedition is the opportunity of a lifetime. You’ll make lifelong friends, experience natural beauty that some could only dream of, and challenge yourself like never before. With an adventure like this just around the corner, here are some tips to keep in mind before your BOLD & GOLD trip.
Expeditions like this require a few basic tools and items such as a backpack and hiking boots. Rest assured, no participant leaves the Cascade People’s Center without these items and gear rental is always available. If you want to take advantage of our robust gear library, make sure to fill out the 2018 Gear Rental Form.
2. Break in your Boots
If you decide to purchase new items for your expedition, set aside some time to break them in prior to your trip. Whether it’s a walk through your neighborhood or just a day hike, it’s important to make sure your gear is functional and comfortable before you set out on a 7+ day trip with it.
3. Read the BOLD & GOLD Handbook
Our handy BOLD & GOLD Handbook details helpful information for 1, 2, and 3-week expeditions including Packing Lists, Sample Itineraries, and other tips for a successful trip. What you need to know varies a bit depending on your expedition, so reading the BOLD & GOLD Handbook is the best way to make sure you’re prepared!
4. Expect a Week Unplugged
In this day and age, it can be easy to forget that there’s a world without technology. When you’re up in the mountains, however, that’s exactly the case. Cell and internet service are not a given and in fact, electronics aren’t permitted on BOLD & GOLD expeditions at all. With that in mind, give your friends and family a heads up that you’ll be logged off for a few days, if not more.
5. Get Ready for Adventure!
What’s the most important part of a BOLD & GOLD expedition? A good attitude of course! The memories you make on this trip are going to be a part of you for years to come. Not every moment will be easy, but with a positive mindset, you’ll conquer whatever comes your way.