A smiling blonde girl

Kate Rhodes

Senior trip leader: Thailand's Best

Kate’s life has revolved around being in the camp and outdoor industry. As a girl, she attended a Girl Scout and YMCA summer camp; she’d go on to work at the latter as a counselor during high school. Since college, she’s been an outdoor educator at Pali Institute in the San Bernardino Mountains; an environmental science educator at NatureBridge in Santa Monica; and an outdoor educator at the Ashokan Center in New York’s Catskills. She is returning to Bold Earth for her third year as a trip leader.

  • Education: Michigan State University; bachelor’s degree in museum studies, natural resource recreation, and religious studies
  • Certification: Wilderness first responder
  • What was the last big trip you took? This past year, I spent eight months traveling, living, and working in the New Zealand wilderness. I’ve never before had the chance to explore such a ecologically diverse and wild place, and I had a blast hiking through rain forests, wading across icy glacial rivers, backpacking over the tussock-covered Southern Alps, and making friends with like eight million sheep.
  • What excites you the most about working for BE this summer? I am most excited for the opportunity to immerse myself in the incredibly supportive, empowering, and FUN Bold Earth community. I also love the environment of always trying something new that comes with any BE trip—whether that be a brand-new place to explore, skill to practice, or camp-made meal to taste!
  • Favorite travel memory? While traveling in Guatemala, I took a journey with a friend into the jungle. After riding for hours in back of a truck on bumpy dirt roads, we finally arrived at a little camp near a national park. The next day, we found a Guatemalan guide with whom we didn’t share a language or any way to communicate beyond hand signs, and we ended up spending the day swimming through underground caves and waterfalls with only a candle in one hand to light the way, hiking through the rain forest, and relaxing in bright blue terraced pools. I love this memory because so much of it was completely unexpected, thrilling, and absolutely different from what I would have been doing if I hadn’t left home.
  • Favorite quote: “Instructions for living a life: Pay Attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver