What you need to know
BOSS BasicsBOSS Basics
Since 1968, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School —- known to most simply as BOSS — has delivered life-changing, wilderness-based experiences to adventurous people all over the world. "Know more, carry less" is one of our core philosophies and at BOSS, students are taught how indigenous cultures around the world could often survive and even thrive without all the modern equipment people today feel is necessary. As a result of their time on the trail with us, people gain competency in the wilderness and confidence in themselves.
Course BasicsCourse Basics
To help you choose which BOSS course is right for you, below you'll find a brief summary of each course type. When you've found one that interests you, click on the appropriate link for more detailed information.
The History of BOSSThe History of BOSS
BOSS got its start in the late 1960's with a man named Larry Dean Olsen, noted author of Outdoor Survival Skills. In the 40+ years since, the school has gone through a few changes of ownership and a significant amount of growth. The program, however, remains true to its original vision: create a place that teaches primitive skills and helps people grow through their experiences in the natural world.
Who Goes to BOSS?Who Goes to BOSS?
So who exactly goes to "survival school?" Normal people? The kind of people you'd want to hang out with? Well, if you're anything like our alumni, you'll be happy to know that the people who go to BOSS are normal, healthy people looking for an adventurous experience and you'll probably fit right in.
What BOSS is NOTWhat BOSS is NOT
BOSS is not for everyone. What we are not is just as important as what we are, so please take a minute to read this.
Travel InformationTravel Information
Since 1968, BOSS has operated in one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the USA: the area surrounding the small town of Boulder, Utah. It is here where we begin and end all courses, using the surrounding public lands as our classroom.
Fitness and TrainingFitness and Training
One of the major factors affecting your enjoyment and learning during your participation on a BOSS course will be your degree of physical fitness. We strongly encourage all of our students to arrive in good physical condition and offer the following words of wisdom as you consider how to best prepare for your course.
Risk on CoursesRisk on Courses
At BOSS, we hope to provide you with a wilderness experience that seeks to minimize your exposure to unwanted risks or injuries. However, this does not mean that we can eliminate these risks, for many of them are intrinsic to the types of experiences we offer. Many of the risks you experience on the trail (those related to hunger, thirst, weather, etc.) are, in fact, a critical component of your course. These may even be why you've come to BOSS in the first place.
Tuition DiscountsTuition Discounts
BOSS offers a number of ways for people to apply for discounted rates on its courses. For more information on these or to download an application form, please see below.
Working for BOSSWorking for BOSS
Want to work in the outdoor industry? Or do you already have a job as a guide but want to learn what it takes to work for BOSS? This section explains our policies and procedures regarding staff recruitment and development.