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The Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) has delivered immersive, wilderness-based experiences to adventurous people from around the world since 1968.


Celebrating over 50 years of survival education, BOSS teaches outdoor survival skills, wilderness survival, practical bushcraft courses, survival training and primitive skills (including our world-renowned Hunter Gatherer course). All our courses are guided by world-class survival instructors, in the famously rugged and beautiful terrain surrounding Boulder, UT.

Survive and thrive. With more than 10 different survival courses, from 7-day survival skills training to 28-day field courses, The Boulder Outdoor Survival School offers wilderness survival training and field-based practical experiences with a focus on primitive and traditional bushcraft skills. Our field courses especially are well-known for delivering big physical and mental challenges, focused skills instruction and practice, situational awareness, and extended time in nature.


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BOSS course area including desert waterfall

“A step beyond Outward Bound… we recommend BOSS.”
– Men’s Health Magazine


Making fire with a bow drill

“I look back and I think ‘how could a two week trip change things this much?’”
– B. Winkle, 14-day field course alum

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★★★★ (top rating) “…the place to go to gain primitive survival skills.”
– The Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook

“From now on, nothing… was unconquerable.”
– Vogue Magazine

After roughing it with the BOSS, you’ll be ready for just about anything.”
– Men’s Fitness Magazine


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As one of the oldest survival schools in the world, BOSS is a safety-focused, non-profit educational institution dedicated to the instruction and preservation of traditional survival tools, living skills and the development of our students through experiences within the natural world.

The Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) has been teaching outdoor survival, wilderness, and primitive skills in the sandy canyon bottoms of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the high mountain tops surrounding Boulder, UT since 1968.

We serve students from around the world. Every year students come to study with us from: across the US, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and beyond.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


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