About BOLD


The Berry Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) Program designs custom leadership training courses for educational, corporate, college, and church groups, and sports teams. Berry College has provided educational challenge course activities for more than 20 years.

Specializing in professional development programs, BOLD staff members start by conducting an organizational needs assessment and work closely with the client to design a training agenda that fits the client's schedule, budget, and goals.

Business meetings, for example, can become fun and exciting learning experiences by incorporating BOLD's short, demonstrative, indoor problem-solving activities. In addition, BOLD offers extended corporate adventures that can include the ropes/challenge course, hiking, canoeing, or a variety of other challenging activities. All BOLD programs are designed to help groups function more efficiently and to enhance the team's potential by developing teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Complementing BOLD's unique training techniques is the setting for most programs—the extraordinary Berry College campus. One of the largest in the world, the utopian 27,000-acre campus features rolling hills, forests, streams, and wildlife such as turkey and deer. An operational dairy, equestrian center, Swan Lake, and Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum are just a few of the unique places visitors can enjoy while on campus. Cabins and historic guest cottages are also available for overnight guests.

Whatever your leadership training needs, BOLD can provide your solutions. If you don't have a specific program in mind, contact us for suggestions. Our staff is experienced and trained to develop the best program possible for any group.

BOLD Ascents  

BOLD Ascents is the student component of the BOLD Program, consisting of classes and custom programs for on-campus groups. The Ascents program serves as the Berry student's introduction to BOLD. Students may enroll in one of the KIN, Psychology, or on campus classes offered by BOLD, or they may be introduced via a custom BOLD program for a Berry club, team, or group in which the students are involved. Those students who are especially interested in outdoor adventures can find additional opportunities to participate via the BOLD Beginnings portion of the Viking Venture Freshman Orientation.

Many of BOLD's KIN classes count towards meeting the general education requirement of two KIN activities. Other classes are electives in the KIN and Psychology majors and instruct students in important skills and concepts of experiential education. These are complemented by the certification classes offered through Berry's KIN-BOLD Training/Certification Workshops.

BOLD also develops custom programs for on-campus classes, groups, and teams. These programs are offered at a discounted rate, and are tailored to fit the needs of the group. All programs are designed to help groups function more efficiently and to enhance the team's potential by developing teamwork and problem-solving skills. BOLD serves as a resource for everyone on campus—students, residence hall floors, classes, faculty, departments, and teams, to mention only a few. For more information about KIN-BOLD classes, check out the "Classes" tab on the left.