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Frequently Asked Questions

What is BOLD?

Duke BOLD (Building Outdoor Leaders at Duke) is an experiential outdoor leadership organization run by and for Duke graduate students. Founded in 2010 by Andrew Dietrich (MEM/MBA, 2012) and several classmates, BOLD was created to offer students a different kind of leadership experience -- one that engages the mind and the body.


Who is BOLD?

BOLD is a graduate student program with participants representing almost all of the colleges - Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas School of the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Duke School of Nursing. We are hoping to broaden involvement even more and are very passionate that BOLD continues to be a group for anyone who is interested.

What does BOLD do?

BOLD aims to provide high-impact outdoor leadership experience that promotes personal transformation, interdependence, and a deep appreciation for the power and beauty of the natural world. Over the course of the year, we host weekly workouts, plan Cornerstone trips in North Carolina and lead Keystone trips in Central and South America. In short, we train mentally and physically to test ourselves as an individual, a team and a leader.


Who can join?

All graduate and professional students at Duke University are eligible for membership.


How do I join?

Come out to a Weekly Workout (these start in the Fall shortly after orientation week), attend the info sessions, or sign up for the first Cornerstone event.


Who can do the expeditions?

There is a detailed application process to be accepted to be part of the expedition and a lengthy review process in which all the BOLD Fellows meet and discuss each application. The Keystone application will be available in the Fall. 


How can I suggest an expedition idea?

Reach out to any BOLD Fellow in early spring to suggest an expedition idea. BOLD Fellows start planning Keystone trips in the Spring and finalize the trips early Fall. 

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