The 2023 BOLT Leader application is now live HERE! The application, which includes an applicant form and a recommendation form, is due Sunday, January 15th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please share widely – we want to recruit a diverse Leader class who bring a wide range of mentorship, leadership, teaching, outdoor, and other skills to the program. Absolutely no outdoor experience is required to be a BOLT Leader!

If you have any questions about being a BOLT Leader or the application process, please email bolt@brown.edu or pop by our weekly office hours.

BOLT 2022 Fall Trip

From August 27, 2022 – August 31, 2022, BOLT held a five-day camping trip at Camp Sargent in Hancock, New Hampshire. Due to staff shortages, this trip was an adaptation to the traditional five-day backpacking experience, and groups enjoyed day hikes (including summiting Mount Monadnock), low ropes 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 Fall Program.

The next application for BOLTers will open in March 2023 and will close in late May 2023. Sophomores, transfer students, 2nd or 3rd year Brown/RISD degree students, and RUE students are eligible to participate in the BOLT trip.

What is BOLT?

BOLT is the only outdoor education program in the country for rising sophomores, transfers, and RUE students. It begins with a 5-day backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire before school starts, and continues through the fall semester with peer mentorship, leadership, and community-building events.

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 three community trips: a BIPOC trip, a Gender Diverse & Women’s Trip, and a Camping Trip – more information here.

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