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Catamount Institute, Kids On Bikes, and Colorado Springs TOPS Rangers Present
Building Outdoors Leaders Today a teen leadership program

Leadership Program
Trainings & Spring Break
Dates & Locations
High School (16+ by March 21th)
$495 - scholarships are available
Group of teens outdoors on red rocks

Be an Outdoor Leader

The Catamount Institute, Kids On Bikes (KOB), and Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space, and Parks (TOPS) are proud to announce the second year of the Building Outdoor Leaders Today (BOLT) program! We have 15 slots open! By partnering with local organizations, this program provides exceptional experiences for teens in Colorado Springs to explore the outdoors. This year’s BOLT experience will have an emphasis on outdoor recreation activities! 


Overall Requirements:
High school student – 16+ (by 03/21/22)
Be ready to spend time outdoors
Attendance at the majority of the sessions is mandatory to participate in the spring break trip

Tentative Program Dates

After-school session 1: 01/12/22
After-school session 2: 01/26/22
Saturday session 1: 01/29/22
After-school session 3: 02/09/22
After-school session 4: 02/23/22
Saturday session 2: 02/26/22 
After-school session 5: 03/09/22
Saturday session 4: 03/12/22

Spring Break Trip Dates:

Monday 03/21/22 – Friday 03/25/22

After-school & Saturday Programs

There will be 5 after-school sessions and 3 Saturday sessions to prepare students for a week-long outdoor adventure in Fruita, CO over spring break. The sessions are an opportunity for participants to gain confidence in the pursuit of outdoor adventures, mountain biking, career knowledge, and themselves. We aim to provide students the tools they need to succeed in and outside of the classroom. Each session will include a career component where the students are able to work with local professionals from organizations like Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services.

Spring Break!

March 21-25, 2022

 Our passion is to inspire and empower kids to lead a healthy lifestyle while making a connection to the outdoors. What better way to achieve that mission than on a bike! Join us for a 5-day overnight trip to the greater Fruita, CO area for an adventure of a lifetime! We will explore western Colorado’s landscape, Colorado River, dinosaur fossils, and more on bike and on foot! 

No bike? no problem! 

Bikes will be provided by Kids on Bikes. Find out more about gear accommodation on the application! 


Click on the application to learn more!

Application closes January 29th, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures 
Have questions? Call Janelle at 719-471-0910 x109 or click here to contact us!

We got you covered! Transportation and needed gear will be covered by Catamount Institute, Kids on Bikes, and TOPS. 

There will not be accessible showers near the campsite. 

Food will be provided for overnight trips and Saturday programs. We will accommodate all dietary needs.

The B.O.L.T. staff have extensive combined experience in facilitating outdoor recreation, outdoor education, leadership development, camping programs, first aid, and environmental conservation. Please learn more about our organizations at the following webpages: https://www.catamountinstitute.org 

All organizations will follow all COVID-19 restrictions by local, state, and Federal officials. Spending time outdoors is one of the safest places to be right now. With the fresh air, UV rays from the sun, and space to spread out, the CDC and Colorado Department of Health recommend spending time outdoors. However, this does not mitigate the risk 100%. We closely watch the numbers of cases in our area and adjust the program accordingly in 2021. All participants and staff must wear masks at all times unless they are more than 6-feet from another person, sleeping, or eating. The Colorado Department of Health allows ten people to participate in an outdoor guided activity at all levels except for purple. If El Paso county is at level yellow, a group of 25 can participate; otherwise, it will be split into smaller cohorts. Unless there is a stay-at-home order, the program will be allowed to continue. Here are some of the ways we are working to create a safer environment:
  • No more than 10 students per group
  • Activities that encourage social distancing
  • Contactless drop off and pick up
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Staff and students wearing masks 
  • Hand sanitation stations
  • Daily disinfecting of high contact surfaces and materials
  • No more than 10 students indoors at one time (except in an emergency)
  • For overnights, no more than two people per tent and will sleep head to toe.
  • Traveling in vans: less than 10 people per van, masks will be worn at all times.
Please do not attend BOLT if you have been in contact with someone who has experienced symptoms or if you have experienced symptoms. Check out this symptom tracker from the Colorado Department of Public Health. Please note: Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in Catamount Institute programs or accessing Catamount Institute facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. Catamount Institute in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in Catamount Institute programs or accessing Catamount Institute facilities.
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