There are four main course types: Field Courses, Skills Courses, Explorer Courses and Custom Courses.
The BOSS Field course has been our signature trip since 1968: Ultra-light travel through Southern Utah's mountains, mesas and canyons with little more than a blanket, poncho, and a knife. No tents, sleeping bags, stoves, or backpacks, and definitely no watches, radios, or cellphones. Your goal is to learn to 'live in the now' as your small group hikes many miles and learns the skills of traditional Puebloan cultures. Not for the faint of heart, a BOSS Field Course is for those seeking a challenge and a chance to renew; offered in 28-, , 21-, 14-, and 7-day formats.
BOSS Skills courses are typically held in our Durfey Creek Basecamp in an aspen meadow at 9,000 feet above sea level, with possible day and/or overnight trips into the desert for gathering. Some of BOSS's best instructors will teach you primitive survival skills like cordage, fires, shelters, tracking, awareness, and flintknapping (turning rocks into precision cutting tools). Instruction is hands-on and class sizes are small to ensure good supervision. No previous outdoor skills or knowledge is needed.
BOSS Explorer courses offer a rustic wilderness experience without the physically-challenging Impact phase of Field Courses. Hiking is common for Explorer courses, as we travel through different ecosystems and seasons to discover the beauty and mystery of Boulder Mountain, the Escalante River system, and the Kaiparowitz Plateau. Some courses target specific skills, like the Navigator courses, while others target specific experiences, like the Hunter Gatherer course. Explorer courses are the newest branch of BOSS, so look here for inaugural trip offers.
Looking for a personalized BOSS course? BOSS Custom courses are designed specifically to meet your needs.
In recent years, we've created a number of custom courses for Boy Scout troops, non-profit foundations, and even for people who just want to enjoy a modified BOSS experience. This category also includes the work we've done for newspapers, magazines, television programs, and movie studios, including 20th Century Fox, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The History Channel, and National Geographic Television. All custom courses are coordinated directly with Laurel Holding.
Before contacting us about a custom course, however, please note the following:
Custom and private courses are not the courses to consider when you're on a tight budget, and here, in a nutshell, is why: we feel strongly about providing our same high standard of safety and on-call support as we provide with our standard offerings, and while much of this infrastructure may remain invisible to the client, it is nevertheless always there. More time and effort is taken in developing a custom experience, as well. All our fixed, variable and opportunity costs are normally borne and defrayed by 8-12 students on a regular course. So if you want to have a one-on-one experience or travel with a small group of your choosing, your custom course will cost more per person than a standard BOSS trip of similar duration. If you put together a larger group, then the cost per person is reduced significantly--but so will be the personalized attention our instructors will be able to give to each person. That's the trade-off. Personalized attention is part of the premium associated with a custom course.