“Camp is where I felt accepted. I could stop hiding.
I felt valued and supported to run towards my goals.”
– Stephanie Ortiz, Bold & Gold program participant

After a year of gloomy distancing, the Bold & Gold experience—a signature YMCA program that develops leadership and personal growth through outdoor adventure—is all the more important. Summer after summer, we’ve seen inspiring teens like Stephanie return from the adventure knowing the confidence, strength, and friendships they developed will help them handle any challenge on the trail, in the classroom, or at home in their communities. Stephanie is now at UC Riverside majoring in Political Science and is currently doing her prerequisites to declare a double major in Neuroscience.

Along with Bold & Gold, we are thrilled to be offering our Teen Leadership sleepaway camp program at YMCA Camp Whittle. Teen Leadership participants in our more “traditional” camp setting have the chance to bond with their cabinmates, increase self-esteem through skill-building, enjoy the beautiful environment near Big Bear Lake, and make lasting friends and memories. At Camp Whittle, youth are encouraged to find and use their voices to create meaningful impact in the world.

Can you help hundreds of teens make these discoveries about themselves in the coming weeks? The teens we hope to include in Bold & Gold and sleepaway camps this summer have had a year of isolation. Many teens saw their parents’ jobs collapse during the pandemic. Some have lost family members. Can you give five nights of camp for $650 or give $250, $100 or $50? Whatever you can give*, 100% will go to giving a summer of hope to teens who need it more than ever.

With deep gratitude,

Todd M. Katz
Partner, Century Park Partners
and Camp Committee Chair
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Board of Directors

*Please give by July 30

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