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The Leader in Training (LIT) Program is a wilderness-based program focused on mentoring and leadership. This opportunity is offered to participants who have completed at least one backpacking trip with BOLD & GOLD or comparable experience and are currently juniors and seniors in high school.

LITs go on a one-week backcountry Training Trip with a cohort of their peers in which the curriculum focuses on leadership development, group management, and wilderness technical skills. Then, each LIT gets to assist in leading a one-week middle school trip, called the Mentor Trip, with two experienced BOLD & GOLD instructors later in the summer.

You will receive 150 service hours for your work on the Mentor Trip. This is a unique leadership experience that stands out on a resume or college application. Not only will you get to experience the natural beauty of Washington State, but as a LIT, you will also develop leadership, group management, and outdoor skills that support your growth as a leader and mentor.

2024 Leader in Training Trips

  • Orientation Day: June 29, 2024
  • Training Trip: June 30 – July 7, 2024
  • Mentor Trip: Varies

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the requirements for the LIT Program?

LITs must have completed at least one backpacking trip with BOLD & GOLD, or comparable experience, and be entering 12th grade in the fall of 2024 or have graduated high school in the spring of 2024.

Is there a fee for the LIT program?

Yes, LITs register and pay for their one-week Training Trip. The cost of the Training Trip is a one-time payment that also covers the cost of the Mentor Trip. There is no additional registration for the Mentor Trip. As with all our programs, financial aid is available.

What do LITs learn on the Training Trip?

LITs will be with a cohort of their peers on the Training Trip and led by experienced BOLD & GOLD Instructors. The curriculum focuses on mentorship, inclusion, facilitation, effective leadership, and honing backcountry skills. 

What is the role of an LIT on the Mentor Trip?

On the Mentor Trip, LITs work closely with two lead Instructors. The Instructors will always be responsible for the health and safety of every participant, LIT included, on the trip. LITs are role models for the middle school participants and play a role in facilitating curriculum and general trip logistics. 

When is the Mentor Trip?

The Mentor Trip takes place during July or August after LITs complete the Training Trip. If accepted to the program, you will receive a special code to register for the Training Trip, and we work with you to find a Mentor Trip placement that fits with your schedule.

What is the application process?

All candidates for the LIT program must complete an online application and an interview with the program director. Accepted applicants will receive registration instructions.

How do I apply?

Contact LIT Program Director, Kayla Rosenow, at