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At BOSS, we recognize that the quality of your experience with us depends on the quality of your instructors. Please use the links to the right to learn more about our current staff and how one can possibly work for BOSS.

Stephen Karpik

Stephen Karpik
First year at boss


Current Position:

Apprentice Instructor


Erie, PA


Denver, CO


Ever since moving to Colorado, I had an immediate love and
appreciation for the outdoors and made camping and hiking a regular
occurrence. However, I knew I wanted to learn more than just tent
camping and taking day hikes. After a few quick searches online I came
upon the BOSS website and I was sold. It stood out from the rest with
its focus on primitive living skills, community building and positive
impact. I went into the Two Week Field Course with the intent of just
learning basic survival skills, but came out of that experience that
was so much more. It left me yearning for more, so, when I was
approached about becoming an apprentice, I knew that was my calling.


I teach at BOSS because of my experience on my first BOSS course with
the environment, the staff and the students.

Interesting Trivia about Stephen:

  • Stephen prefers to be referred to as SDK.

  • SDK makes music with an experimental marching band called itchy-O; they have played with David Byrne, St. Vincent, performed at Riot Fest with Iggy Pop and Public Enemy and have also opened for the band DEVO.

  • SDK makes art using found, reclaimed objects, especially wood and
    other natural materials.

  • He won 2nd place in a city wide smiling content when he was in 3rd grade.