What does it mean to be a BOLTer?

BOLT is the only outdoor orientation program in the country specifically for college sophomores, transfer students and resumed undergraduate students. BOLT believes in supporting those entering their second year of college. BOLT provides an opportunity to meet new people, develop a new community, and challenge yourself. BOLT introduces students to people, ideas and experiences they might not have otherwise encountered. BOLT Leaders and BOLT Groups offer students the opportunity to expand their network of social support and peer mentorship. BOLT is truly a diverse, loving, and supportive community that can lead to life long friends.

The BOLTer program begins with a five-day backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and continues back on campus with a series of events throughout the fall.

The goal of the fall program is to provide support and mentoring, create opportunities for experiential learning and leadership and promote community and individual relationships for BOLT leaders and BOLTers.


The Fall Trip

The five-day backpacking trip provides BOLT groups with a shared wilderness experience. It is our launch to the year. BOLTers learn valuable technical skills, including how to set up a shelter and cook on a camp stove. Individuals challenge themselves and learn to rely on one another within in a supportive group setting. BOLTers and their leaders get to know each other, bond and develop their leadership skills through this common experience.

Please review our page that outlines "A Day on the Trail" to learn more about our backpacking trip and to learn more about what to anticipate or prepare for as a participant.  Each group has a goal to maintain and build upon the connection that they develop during the trip in the White Mountains.


On Campus

We have four levels of support for our BOLTers: BOLT Community, Family Group, BOLTer Group and 1:1 Leader/BOLTer check-ins.

During the fall individual groups continue to meet. A strong component of our fall program is the weekly/bi-weekly gatherings and activities planned by individual groups. Most groups meet once a week or on alternating weeks for dinner or at the Ivy Room or Andrews Commons.

We host monthly "family group events," which gathers a collection of four hike groups for one or two events that provide social activities along with skill workshops that support our goals and expands our connections within our BOLT community. (see calendar)

As a community, we also continue to enjoy some traditional full community events such as the Post Trip Banquet, Post Trip Slide Show, BOLT Wars and BOLT Thanksgiving when we invite all all member of the current and past BOLT community. It is a highlight of the fall semester.

On weekends groups often strike out into the wilds of Providence for various adventures, including:

  1. Movie nights
  2. Trips to Lincoln Woods
  3. Trips to the rock climbing gym
  4. Brunches at Louie's Diner
  5. Apple picking
  6. Pumpkin carving
  7. Ice skating at Kennedy plaza

Along with Individual Group gatherings, we host some All-BOLT traditional events that we love:

  1. BOLT Wars (field day)
  2. Our Annual Fall Slide Show
  3. BOLT Thanksgiving (an all BOLT all years celebration)

We also host two workshops within Family Groups (4 groups), for this year we are looking to offer the following leadership workshops:

  1. Leadership and Communication
  2. Engaging in Conversations on Privilege and Oppression in the Outdoors


Application Information


BOLT is truly a diverse, loving, and supportive community that can lead to life long friends.

If you have further questions check out other pages of our site or email the BOLT managers at bolt@brown.edu

Check out the Calendar for this year's plans, and our Facebook for photos of past events.