GOAT (Great Outdoor Adventure Trips) is a sister ministry under the umbrella of Lead Collective. We are led by a small staff team, supported by Summer Guides, and an army of

volunteers, donors, and advocates. 


Program Director


How's it going, my name is Mikey Hayes, and I am so glad to be here! This opportunity literally blows my mind at least once a week.

If you've been around GOAT for a while, the name "Mikey" might sound a bit familiar. My name might ring a bell because I'm arguably one of the O.G. GOAT students.  

My journey with GOAT started when I was in 7th grade, and ever since my first mountain biking trip at Isaqueena the outdoors, and GOAT have had a special place in my heart.

I was mentored and poured into by the folks who spent time volunteering and working with GOAT. I eventually helped out in leading trips and became a guide for GOAT until I left for college.

Shortly after graduating from North Greenville University and marrying the most patient and wise woman I know, GOAT began searching for an extra hand in leading its programs. After thinking and praying, the opportunity seemed too good to pass up.

I am so glad to be in this position. Looking back, some of my favorite memories growing up revolve around GOAT Trips. Slamming breakfast burritos covered in hot sauce before mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest, stargazing on top of Little Green in Panthertown Valley, and making dozens on lunches in GOAT's kitchen were some of my favorite things ever.


The fact that  I have the opportunity to provide similar experiences for similar students is so exciting and so incredible. 

I'm honored to be here, and I can't wait to get outside!

-Mikey Hayes



Essentially, that means GOAT has the opportunity to share resources and know-how with a ton of talented leaders. You can find our

Board of Directors here.