***Applications to PARTICIPATE IN BOLT ARE open! APPLY HERE BY MAY 22ND!***

Due to staff shortages, the fall 2022 BOLT trip will be a frontcountry camping & hiking trip in southern New Hampshire, not the traditional backcountry trip in the White Mountains. We will return to the traditional backpacking model in Fall 2023.

BOLT Fall Trip

From August 30, 2021 – September 3, 2021, BOLT held a five-day wilderness experience based at Camp Sargent in Hancock, New Hampshire. This trip was a COVID-friendly adaptation to the traditional five-day backpacking experience, and groups enjoyed day hikes (including Mount Monadnock), low ropes challenge course activities, and more. BOLT continues throughout the fall semester with group get-togethers, leadership development workshops, and community events that are all part of our new and improved Fall Program.

Former BOLTers and leaders agree, your BOLT group provides a community of 9 other people who you may never have otherwise met. Beyond that, you will always have the wider BOLT community to call your own. This opens you up to so many more wonderful people and opportunities!

BOLT is committed to welcoming everyone into the program regardless of background or ability to pay. No outdoor or backpacking experience necessary. Financial aid, as well as FREE gear and boots rental are available! In addition, BOLT also offers community trips for people of color, women/people of marginalized gender identity, and creative trips for people who want to focus on artistic expression in the outdoors and/or want a trip that is less physically strenuous.

The next application for BOLTers will open in March 2022 and will close in late May 2022. Sophomores, transfer students, 2nd or 3rd yr Brown/RISD degree students, and RUE students are eligible to participate in the BOLT trip.

What is BOLT?

BOLT is an inclusive community for rising sophomores, transfers, and RUE students at Brown University. It begins with a backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire before school starts, and continues through the fall semester with fun and supportive events.

Recent affinity groups have been created for BOLT experiences, including some of the following: Marginalized Gender Identity trip, BIPOC trip, and Arts & Accessibility in the Outdoors. Please visit this page for more information!

Thank you to everyone who has already to support BOLT! We sincerely appreciate your contribution. Donations are crucial to the financial assistance that we are able to provide to future BOLT Participants and Leaders. If you are able and willing to donate, please follow the instructions on this page.