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.

Leadership

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.

Community

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 successful outdoor group experience have the ability to create a strong and supportive community.

Mentorship

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.

Environment

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.

Education

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.