Building Outdoor Leaders Today 

Leadership Program
Trainings & Spring Break
Dates & Locations
High School Students 14+
SouthEast COS Residents
Group of teens outdoors on red rocks

Be an Outdoor Leader

This year’s BOLT experience will have an emphasis on outdoor recreation! Join Catamount Institute and YMCA’s Camp Shady Brook on another BOLT adventure. BOLT 2024 only has 13 slots available. Apply now! 

The program will include 6 Saturday programs starting in January and a Monday – Friday spring break overnight camp! Find out more information in the application below! 

This program is FREE for all teen residents in SouthEast Colorado Springs. This includes but is not limited to students who attend Harrison, Mitchel, Sierra, and Tesla can participate in the program for free. Contact or for more information. 

Click on the application to learn more!

Application Closes on January 10th! 
Contact about full or partial payment accommodations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

We got you covered! Transportation and needed gear will be covered by Catamount Institute.

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: 

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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