BOLD FAQs


Q: How much time does my group need?  

A: The Group Development Initiatives (GDI) or GGDI/Low Challenge Course (LCC) combination will take from two hours up to an entire day depending on group size and objective. Exceptions may be made for time constraints. Mobile versions of the GDI and LCC allow BOLD to provide programs in any open space at your site or retreat setting! The High Challenge Course (HCC) takes at least four hours with an extra half hour or so needed for warm-up activities. The HCC is offered only as a full day or longer program and is combined with a GDI/LCC program agenda.

Q:What should I wear?  

  • Comfortable Clothing: loose fitting but secure
  • Closed-toed, lace up shoes
  • Wind and/or Rain gear
  • Cold Weather: wear layers and gloves

Q: How can I get in touch with BOLD?  

A: Come by the BOLD office, located in the Cage Center on the Berry College main campus in Rome, Georgia. You can call us at (706) 238-7806 or 706-236-2225, e-mail us at  bold@berry.edu or  mking@berry.edu or fax us at (706) 802-6735.

Q: What will happen after I get in touch with BOLD?  

A: It will take anywhere from a day to a week to confirm that staff is available for your request. Once confirmation is made, BOLD will send a participation package with the necessary information. All requests are considered tentative until confirmations have been made, the letter has been sent, and a deposit has been received. Note: alternative dates are very helpful in planning a program.

Q: What if I need to Cancel?  

A: Programs go rain or shine. On rare occasions we cancel due to severe weather. You may reschedule or receive a full refund. Cancellations are requested to be within 48 hours of the scheduled date. If you find that a cancellation may be in order, please try to consider all possible alternatives. If it becomes a necessity, BOLD is happy to reschedule for another time. If you cancel or decrease your numbers:

  • At least 30 days before your program: 100% refund
  • 4-5 days before your program: security deposit and/or Early payment discounted rate is non-refundable. All other payments: 50% refund
  • Less than 5 days before the program: No refund NOTE: A deposit is due 30 days before your program to reserve your training date.

Q: What happens if the weather is severe (lightning, ice, etc)?  

A: There is no bad weather during BOLD programs. Just inappropriate clothing worn to the program. Make sure you bring what you need to participate and adjust to changing weather conditions. In the occurrence of severe weather, the group coordinator and BOLD will decide together whether to continue the program. In some cases, the program can be moved indoors.

Q: What kind of group does BOLD cater to?  

A: The BOLD program has hosted area youth groups; middle school, high school and college classes; sports teams; church youth groups and corporate groups. Click  here to view a list of some of the groups BOLD has hosted in the past. All programs are custom designed and priced according to individual group needs and objectives. Ask about weekday and educational institution discounts. All Berry College groups receive a special on-campus group rate.

Q: How many people can I bring?  

A: BOLD works with groups as small as 8 and as large as 500. Large groups will be divided up into smaller subgroups. For small groups, the maximum number of participants is 30. It is crucial to know an accurate number of participants ahead of time so that BOLD can provide the correct number of instructor staff.

Q: Is there an age requirement?  

A: Yes. All participants in the Group Initiative Course/Low Ropes Course must be at least in junior high school. All participants in the High Ropes Course must be at least in eighth grade.

Q: What about risk? 

A: Managing risk is the first concern at BOLD. Instructors are trained to take groups through the course in nothing but currently accepted experiential education techniques. All youth programs will be supervised by adults while on the course, and all participants are trained in effective spotting techniques before performing on the course. BOLD has always and continues to incorporate the choosing your level of challenge philosophy. Participants are not required to do anything they do not feel comfortable doing. Additionally, BOLD has incorporated a comprehensive risk management plan since its inception 30 years ago.

Q: What are the qualifications of the staff?  

A: BOLD's staff has more than 100 years of combined experience. Staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. The BOLD staff members are dedicated to the teaching of trust, team building and the group process. The staff includes individuals with training in experiential education/psychology, business, engineering, medical fields, counseling, recreation, coaching and more. Many hold advanced degrees in their field of expertise, plus adventure based certification and training.