Location: Seattle
Employees: 35 + around 150 seasonal employees
Founded: 2007

YMCA’s Boys Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (GOLD) programs brings together youth from all backgrounds to learn about themselves, each other, and the wilderness. Serving a diverse group of youth allows us to connect youth from all walks of life to the outdoors and connect kids from different life experiences to one another. Together they develop confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, community awareness, and a sense of wonder. BOLD and GOLD programs are one- to three-week wilderness experiences: backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing and biking adventures.


Fun Fact: We hike over 29,675 miles and eat over 1328 pounds of GORP every year.