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.

This year, we are planning to offer a Women’s Trip, a People of Color Trip, and a less physically strenuous Creative Trip focused on artistic expression in the outdoors. Please visit this page for more information!


2019 BOLT Program

Transfer and RUE Applications for the BOLT Fall 2019 Program are open and are due on 7/10. Here is more information about the application! Email bolt@brown.edu with any questions about applying to BOLT!


2019 BOLT Basecamp

Past and Present BOLT, we want your help! We are looking for people to join the Basecamp team and help out at Sunday Meeting for the BOLT Trip! Sunday Meeting is on August 25th and the trip leaves the morning of August 26th and returns the evening of August 30th.

Here is the interest form- please fill it out by July 1st! Read on for more details, and please email Rachael.wise@brown.edu if you have any questions.

Sunday meeting runs from about 8am to 6pm; we’d love to have you for the whole day, but if you can only commit to parts we’d still greatly appreciate the help!

Basecamp is ideally a commitment for all 5 days (although we can be a little flexible if you have your own vehicle). This would involve staying at Hancock campground in the White Mountains and helping with any issues that arise for the 17 routes that will be out on trail. This could range from hiking medication in to a group to doing a full evacuation of a person or group. We go into town twice a day for cell service. Additionally, if it’s a quiet day as far as needs of the group there is some opportunity for day hiking.



Thank you to everyone who has already donated during BOLT’s 2019 Phone-a-thon! We sincerely appreciate it. 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.