The BOLT Mission Statement

BOLT is committed to leadership development, community, mentorship, the environment and education. Central to BOLT's success is the emphasis we place on the interconnectedness of these core elements.


BOLT believes that effective leadership can be learned and practiced through the processes of group experience, conflict resolution, effective listening and reflection. We provide participants and leaders with opportunities to experience and experiment with different leadership styles in both wilderness and community settings. We affirm the belief that everyone is a leader, can be a leader, and at times, must be a leader.


We value diversity, integrity and individuality while recognizing that our strength lies in our ability to work together. We believe people who engage in a shared, successful outdoor group experience have the ability to create a strong and supportive community.

Personal Development

Sophomore year is often a difficult transition period for students due to an increased independence and responsibility for the direction of their studies. Likewise, transfer and RUE (Resumed Undergraduate Education) students must adapt to a new academic and social environment with a limited support system. BOLT provides sophomores, transfers and RUE students with a unique, supportive opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses, reflect on their first- year experiences (at Brown or elsewhere), and formulate new personal and academic goals.



Through our relationships with one another, we develop friendships that encourage our hearts, influence our paths, and affirm our being as we move toward our goals and become our best authentic selves.


The challenges and unpredictability inherent in nature facilitate the emergence of responsibility for personal and group needs. We recognize the learning potential that exists in outdoor experiences and respect the dynamic relationship that humans have with the environment. BOLT encourages a positive environmental ethic and practices low impact camping.


We believe that education should be challenging, applicable, and fun. BOLT focuses on experiential learning through the development and practice of leadership, facilitation and outdoor skills.