The Seattle BOLD & GOLD staff finishes up a training in the North Cascades

BOLD & GOLD Instructors make your expedition special.

Our instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Despite their differences, they have a few things in common:

  • They love exploring our natural world and doing so with other people.
  • They have the technical skills, training, and experience to adventure safely in a variety of outdoor settings.
  • They love to teach – sharing their passion for teamwork and outdoor adventure is a mission!
  • They are engaging, fun, and supportive of all BOLD & GOLD participants.
  • They want to make your experience the absolute best it can be!

Michael Davis

BOLD & GOLD Instructor at the YMCA of Greater Seattle
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Barbie Nibur

BOLD & GOLD Instructor at the Central Connecticut YMCA
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On the ground support

At every BOLD & GOLD there are dedicated staff making the programs happen all year round. They are designing trips, working with partners to connect young leaders in their community with programs, getting the equipment, and making the best trail mix combinations ever! Meet some of our program staff:

Robin Chiles

BOLD & GOLD Admissions and Outreach Director at the YMCA of Greater Seattle
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Katy Blackburn

Summer Program Director at Camp Hi-Rock
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Xander Tartter

Outdoor Leadership Coordinator at the San Francisco YMCA
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Our national team works to support local programs across the country

They believe in the power of the wilderness and have dedicated their careers to empowering young people through BOLD & GOLD. Working at different YMCAs across the country, they develop national partnerships, raise scholarship funds, and train staff in the BOLD & GOLD curriculum.

Meet our national team:

Courtney Aber

National BOLD & GOLD Director
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Kurt Simer

BOLD & GOLD Resource Team Leader
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Keith Coss

BOLD & GOLD Resource Team Leader
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Josh Epstein

Lead BOLD & GOLD Trainer
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